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Harry celebrates his 30th birthday

Prince Harry's 30th birthday celebrations began last night with a "beer" as he marked the end of his hugely successful Invictus Games.

Harry, who has been the driving force behind the sporting event, said he would have a drink with Britain's Invictus team captain and double amputee Dave Henson who, like the Prince, turns 30 today.

The prince will have earned a pint after staging the Invictus Games which ended last night with a triumphant pop concert in the former Olympic Park featuring the Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs and Ellie Goulding.

Over four days more than 400 wounded servicemen and women, veterans and those still serving, from 13 countries competed in a range of sports from wheelchair basketball to track and field events at the former Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Sports Centre.

In a speech at the closing ceremony concert Harry told the sell-out crowd of more than 25,000: "These games have shone a spotlight on the 'unconquerable' character of servicemen and women and their families - their invictus spirit."

The prince and the British team captain, a former Royal Engineers Captain from Southampton, have become firm friends during the build up to the international competition.

Harry, speaking over the weekend, said: "On the birthday side of things, I'll be chuffed to bits when I'm having a beer with Dave Henson, captain of the Team GB team - we turn 30 at exactly the same time, on Sunday night.

"We're really looking forward to being 30, both feeling quite old about it."

Turning 30 will mean the fourth in line to the throne will be entitled to a multi-million pound inheritance - estimated at £10.7 million - left to him by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Danny Cox, head of financial planning at Hargreaves Lansdown, has suggested if invested the money could produce an income of around £320,000 a year for life before tax and, with the right management and tax advice, "Harry could have a portfolio which supports him and a future family for generations".

After experiencing the death of his mother when a young boy and courting controversy in his teens and early 20s, Harry now appears to be entering the fourth decade of his life in a more settled vein.

The Invictus Games proved to be a successful event with full stands and competitors, many with missing limbs or other serious injuries, welcoming the opportunity to take on the sporting challenge.

Harry launched the contest earlier this year, after being inspired by a similar initiative in the US, and hopes it will support competitors' rehabilitation and raise awareness of those injured serving their countries.

It has become one of the most significant things he has done in his working life and been his focus for the past eight months.

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