His Majesty the King, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, His Highness Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Prime Minister Rutte will attend the Invictus Games. The international sports event for physically and mentally wounded soldiers will take place from 16 to 22 April in the Zuiderpark in The Hague.
The Invictus Games were created by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, to encourage recovery through sport, support rehabilitation and generate wider understanding and respect for wounded soldiers and veterans. Princess Margriet, Honorary Chair of the Committee of Recommendation for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Prime Minister Rutte will attend the opening ceremony, as will Minister Helder for Long-Term Care and Sport and Commander of the Armed Forces General Eichelsheim. The Prime Minister and the Duke of Sussex give speeches on the importance of the Invictus Games.
The opening ceremony will focus on the five hundred participating athletes from twenty countries and their families and friends. After the taptoe and a minute of silence for fallen soldiers worldwide, a flag parade will follow during which athletes will present the flags of the participating countries. In addition, there are various performances. Prior to the opening ceremony, Princess Margriet, Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Prime Minister Rutte briefly meet the Dutch team to wish them success.
On Wednesday morning, April 20, the Prime Minister will attend the finals of the indoor rowing event and present the medals. On Friday afternoon, April 22, King Willem-Alexander will attend the finals of wheelchair basketball. In the evening the King will meet the Dutch athletes of the Invictus team and talk with them about their experiences of the past week. Afterwards, he will attend the closing ceremony, which is also attended by Minister Ollongren of Defense. Both the Duke of Sussex and the Commander of the Armed Forces will give speeches during the closing ceremony.