Prince Harry traveled to The Hague to officially launch the one year countdown to the Invictus Games, which are taking place in the Netherlands in 2020.
The 34-year-old participated in a training session at the Sportcampus Zuiderpark and also watched wheelchair basketball and archery demonstrations. At one point, the new father tried his hand at archery, hitting the bullseye on his first attempt.
BULLSEYE! Hard to see from here but Harry just hit the target on his first attempt at the archery! ARCHIE-ERY. I’ll get my coat. @InvictusGamesNL @ukinnl @WeAreInvictus #archie pic.twitter.com/gSwvCs8DMb
— Emily Nash (@emynash) May 9, 2019
The duke was also given presents for his newborn son, including a soft toy rattle and an Invictus Games onesie, presented to him by Princess Margriet of the Netherlands.
Harry was also bestowed with a custom Invictus Games jacket embroidered with the word “Daddy” underneath the logo, with the letters “I AM” highlighted in yellow.
Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014 in London and subsequent events have been held in Orlando (2016), Toronto (2017) and Sydney (2018).
During a speech, the duke spoke about the importance of mental health.
He said: “Our mental fitness is the key, because without it we fail to operate efficiently; but with it your physical performance and potential are exponentially improved and we have witnessed this over and over again.”
While the trip to the Netherlands was originally supposed to be a two-day visit, plans were altered following his son’s birth Monday. Harry was back home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor the same day.
On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their baby boy, named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the public. “It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined,” he said.
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