Harry pays tribute to London attack victims at Invictus Games launch in Sydney
Harry’s visit to Australia to launch the sporting event has been overshadowed by the terrorist attack in London.
Prince Harry has paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the London terrorist attacks as he urged the world to draw strength from the “inspiring” Invictus Games.
Harry’s visit to Australia to launch the paralyampic-style sporting event has been overshadowed by the terrorist attack in London and he sent his condolences to those killed and injured, saying his thoughts were with them.
Two Australians are now known to be among the seven killed in the attack at the weekend and the Prince’s sentiment was echoed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who joined him in Sydney for the launch of Invictus Games 2018, which will be staged in the city.
In a passionate speech, Mr Turnbull said the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London were seen as an attack on Australia and his nation’s values.
Governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove, who hosted the launch ceremony at his official residence, sent his “deepest condolences” to the victims and Harry followed, saying: “Can I start by also sending my thoughts to those affected by Saturday’s attack in London Bridge.
“Australians form an important and vibrant part of the fabric of life in London and we are reminded of that in good times and bad. Our hearts go out to the victims, their friends and families.”
He also spoke about the Manchester attack, which claimed the lives of 22 and injured dozens, by saying Invictus competitors – injured and wounded military personnel and veterans – had offered their support to those badly injured.
Harry said: “In these challenging times, we can all benefit from positive and inspiring stories from which to draw strength. The Invictus Games shows us that it is possible to overcome adversity, and that the impossible is possible, if you have the will.
“This spirit, championed by the games, extends far beyond the competition; when a bomb left a number of people with life-changing injuries in Manchester last month, wounded veterans, including Invictus team members, immediately offered themselves up to provide advice and support to the victims through their recovery process.”
Prince Harry meets veterans who have used sailing to help with their recovery pic.twitter.com/8liQQP9qvR— Invictus Games (@WeAreInvictus) June 7, 2017
Mr Turnbull gave a passionate speech where he spoke of the solidarity between Australia and the UK following the recent terrorist atrocities.
He said: “When we saw the people of Britain attacked – Manchester Arena, London Bridge – it was an attack on Australia and our values as well.”
The politician also spoke about a terrorist incident in Melbourne earlier this week where a man shot dead an apartment block clerk and took another person hostage before being killed by police in a shoot-out.
The Australian prime minister, who addressed an audience that included his nation’s 2017 Invictus squad, said: “And tragically as we know, two young Australians lost their lives in that shocking terrorist attack at London Bridge. And we’ve had another terrorist attack this week in Melbourne, another innocent civilian has been killed.
“This battle against terrorism is fought at home and around the world and everywhere it depends on brave men and women – unconquered, unconquerable, committed to the values of freedom for which we stand and which our fathers and mothers and grandfathers and grandmothers have stood for generations.”