Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Düsseldorf! That's German for "Congratulations, Düsseldorf!" Prince Harry has just announced the west German city, located on the banks of the gorgeous Rhine, will host of the 2022 Invictus Games.
More than 500 competitors will take part in sports during the event and the number of countries who will send teams has also increased to 20! Harry was thrilled to reveal that South Korea and Belgium would be sending teams to this year's games in The Hague and also to Düsseldorf in 2022.
"Germany has been a key part of the Invictus Games family since the very start in 2014 and I know that they will be exemplary hosts in picking up the mantle and showcasing what sport continues to do for these inspirational men and women in their recovery," the prince said in a statement.
"I hope everyone in Germany is ready for what will be an incredible week of sport! I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these Games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere."
Harry is scheduled to conduct a draw for next year's tournament for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at the 2021 Rugby World Cup on Jan. 16 at Buckingham Palace. There will be "restricted media access" at the event, but it will be livestreamed, according to The Guardian.
This has been an eventful last week for Harry and Duchess Meghan, to say the least! On Jan. 8, they announced they would step down from their senior royal positions to "carve out a progressive new role" and move toward becoming "financially independent." The Duchess of Sussex has since returned to Canada, where she, Harry and Archie had stayed during their break from royal duties. On Jan. 13, the Queen, Harry, Prince Charles and Prince William took part in talks at Sandringham, and Her Majesty announced her grandson and Meghan would spend a "period of transition" in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Late Jan. 14, Meghan stepped out to the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, a shelter in Vancouver, where she poke with staff about the needs of vulnerable women in the neighbourhood. The centre shared a photo the duchess took with some of its staff members, who look as thrilled to have had tea with her as she was to meet them! We can't wait to hear more about the work Harry and Meghan will be doing here.