One day after presenting his newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the world, Prince Harry traveled to The Netherlands, where he was presented with a onesie by Princess Margriet of The Netherlands.
The trip to The Hague marked the royal’s first separation from wife Duchess Meghan since she gave birth to son Archie on Monday. But the trip had long been scheduled as the official launch of the 2020 Invictus Games, Harry’s signature charity competition for wounded warriors and veterans.
The new dad grinned and made funny faces for the cameras as he held up a tiny onesie – or baby grow, as it is called in Europe – given to him by Margriet, the honorary chair of a Games committee and the aunt of the reigning Dutch monarch, King Willem-Alexander.
Prince Harry is presented with an Invictus Games onesie for his newborn son Archie by Princess Margriet of The Netherlands during the launch of the Invictus Games on May 9, 2019 in The Hague. (Photo: Patrick van Katwijk/ Getty Images)
The teeny garment was emblazoned with the Invictus Games 2020 logo, which also adorned Harry’s polo shirt.
The trip may have been a quick one but Harry made up for it by posing for lots of endearing photos. There was one of him with a little girl, one with him and with a bow and arrow, one of him kneeling with wheelchair athletes and even one of him petting a dog. But it was the onesie shot that evoked the most “awwws.”
Prince Harry greets a service dog during the launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, in The Hague, The Netherlands, May 9, 2019. (Photo: PATRICK VAN KATWIJK / POOL, EPA-EFE)
Although Harry is always ebullient during public engagements, he took it up a notch Thursday, combining his joy at becoming a father with his love for the Invictus Games, the charity he founded to bring the “transformative power of sport” to helping wounded warriors recover.
“Now here we are, launching the countdown to the fifth Invictus Games and I am absolutely thrilled that many more wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women will have the opportunity to continue their journey to recovery,” Harry said in a speech at a sports arena in The Hague.
More than 500 competitors from 19 nations are expected to compete in nine sports events at the Hague Games, scheduled for May 2020. Harry had a busy day Thursday as he inspected the preparations, met with potential competitors and their families and joined in the launch celebration.
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The Duke of Sussex today attended the official launch of The Invictus Games The Hague 2020. The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Sport has the power to help people physically and psychologically. 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. Thousands of hopeful competitors around the world are training hard, putting the hours in and aiming to represent their country once again at next years’ Games. 19 nations will be represented in The Hague, standing shoulder to shoulder, and showing the world what teamwork, friendship and loyalty really means. In these challenging times these values are more important than ever. It is your resilience, your determination and your courage which draw crowds in their thousands. Leaving them feeling more inspired, moved and proud than they ever thought possible. You have already proved – anything is possible. Make these games your own. We chose you for a reason. And it wasn’t just because I like the colour orange! Thank you all for guarding the Invictus Spirit and see you in 2020. – The Duke of Sussex
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While Meghan is expected to take some time off after Archie’s birth, royal duties continue for Harry.
Buckingham Palace has already announced his next engagement: He’ll spend Tuesday in Oxford, visiting a children’s hospital and a disability sports center,
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