This time was long awaited. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally made their first trip to Europe since fleeing to the United States more than two years ago. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were the stars of the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in The Hague on the evening of April 16. Meghan Markle wore a chic and low-cut dress, embellished with precious stones. The couple gave the audience a soft kiss on the stage.
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The opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in The Hague
On April 16, 2022, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delivered a speech during the grand opening ceremony of the Invitation Games. The tournament, which will be held for a week on the Zuiderpark website in The Hague, allows about 500 retirees from around the world, gathered by the country, to compete in ten different disciplines. Invictus Games was conceived and introduced by Prince Harry. The first edition was made in 2014.
The Invictus Games are also a great sign for the couple, as it was during the 2017 edition, which took place in Toronto, that Prince Harry appeared for the first time in public with Meghan Markle. It was in Toronto where a series of episodes were recorded. Suitin which the actor played one of the main roles.
Arriving in the Netherlands on Friday, after making their way through Windsor on Thursday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended various events alongside the Invitation Games on Friday and Saturday. For example, the couple attended the Land Rover Challenge on Saturday afternoon, a driving show organized by one of the event’s main sponsors.
In the evening, the long-awaited opening ceremony of the Invictus Games was held. Also in the grounds were Princess Margiet of the Netherlands and one of her sons, Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau. King Willem-Alexander will be present at the closing ceremony.
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Speeches by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Opening Ceremony
During the opening show, Meghan Markle and her husband talked. Meghan wore a black and white dress, on top of which was signed Khaite. This white-skinned body wrapped around the chest sells for 750 euros according to the British media. He wore a bodysuit with black pants. This very modest dress was attached to the necklace, it is also very simple. It is a Cartier necklace, valued at around 15,500 euros.
According to the Daily Mail, some jewelry worn by the Duchess of Sussex is more than just a Cartier necklace. She wore a large diamond to her ears and a bracelet with a diamond in her hand, not forgetting her engagement ring, estimated by Le Figaro for 297,000 euros.
On stage, the Duchess of Sussex introduced her husband. “He spent many nights and mornings planning these games to make it as complete as possible for each of you.”Meghan said about Prince Harry. “I could not love and respect him more and I know many of you feel that way because he is a fellow veteran who has served two tours in Afghanistan, and ten years of military service and the founder of ‘Invictus Games and the father of our two children, Archie and Lili’.
“Please welcome my wonderful husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex”said the former actress calling her husband on stage, who gave her a ” Thank you my love “, picking up a microphone. The couple gave a public kiss, before Prince Harry took the floor.
Military ceremonies, military orchestras and speeches celebrated this opening ceremony. The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, certainly delivered the most astonishing speech of the evening, also recalling the current context of the Ukraine war, which particularly touches the minds of all athletes participating in the Invictus Games. The competition only welcomes veterans.