We know that Prince Harry is livin' on a prayer and it seems the Queen's guards are, too! During Buckingham Palace's Changing of the Guards ceremony on Feb. 28, the Queen's Guards celebrated the Invictus Games Foundation collaboration between the Duke of Sussex and Jon Bon Jovi by playing a medley of the rock star's hits, including "Livin’ on a Prayer"!
The Changing of the Guard ceremony is already something special for royals fans to see. In it, the contingent hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace to the New Guard. It features the Scots Guards performing stirring music and precise drill exercises.
Lucky viewers got a very special treat when the Scots Guard Band showed their support for Invictus with the Jon Bon Jovi compilation. The Royal Family's Instagram also shared a video of the special medley for those us who didn't attend the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
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♂️ Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace! During each ceremony The Queen’s Guard hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace to the New Guard. Today the band played a special medley of @bonjovi music to celebrate his collaboration with the @weareinvictusgames.
"Today the band played a special medley of @bonjovi music to celebrate his collaboration with the @weareinvictusgames," the post was captioned.
Around the same time, Harry, the Bon Jovi frontman and 12 members of the Invictus Games Choir were at Abbey Road Studios in London to record a new version of "Unbroken" to support the Invictus Games Foundation. The group cut the new charity single in Studio 2, where The Beatles recorded 11 of 13 albums.
Jon originally released the track in 2019 for To Be of Service, a documentary about veterans living with PTSD. It is fitting they chose the song for the Invictus collaboration because Harry's work is focused on supporting veterans and service members.
Sadly, we didn't get to hear Harry sing a note for the new charity single, despite he and Jon initially teasing about the recording session on Instagram.
A later Instagram revealed the duke "was unable to sing, leaving the vocals to the professionals," but he did take an active role in the recording session.
The new version of "Unbroken" featuring the Invictus Games Choir will reportedly drop in March, ahead of the 2020 Invictus Games which take place in The Hague from May 9 to 16.
We look forward to hearing the new tune and hope it is successful in raising funds to support Invictus, veterans and servicemembers.