Where are the Invictus Games 2017 held, when do they end and is Prince Harry there with Meghan Markle?

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THE 2017 Invictus Games kicks off this week, and all eyes are on the inspirational competitors and the prince who brought them all together.

But what is the event all about and will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their first official appearance together? Here’s all you need to know.

 Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games after being inspired by the US Warrior Games

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Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games after being inspired by the US Warrior Games

What is the Invictus Games?

The Invictus Games is an international Paralympic-style sporting event for wounded, sick or injured members of the armed forces, as well as veterans.

The week-long event will see 550 competitors from 17 nations competing against one another in 12 different sports.

Prince Harry created the games after being inspired by the US Warrior Games, a similar sporting event for injured service personnel.

Sporting events at the Games include wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing, and the events tend to attract a crowd packed with politicians and Royals.

The first ever Invictus Games took place in March 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom.

In Latin, Invictus means “unconquered” or “undefeated”, capturing the spirit of the injured services personnel who take part.

 The sporting event puts injured and sick military personnel in the spotlight

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The sporting event puts injured and sick military personnel in the spotlight

Where is the Invictus Games 2017? When does the Invictus Games start?

This year, the Invictus Games will be held in Toronto, Canada.

It all kicks off on Saturday, 23 September when Prince Harry will officially open the Games, which run right through until Saturday, 30 September.

Will Prince Harry be at the Invictus Games with Meghan Markle?

Prince Harry is likely to be a near-constant presence at the Games he founded.

And the Sun exclusively revealed that his girlfriend, Suits actress Meghan Markle, is expected to join him in Toronto, where she has lived for the past few years.

Although Harry and Meghan have been pictured together before, they’re yet to make an official public appearance as a couple.

They are tipped to watch a number of events together, with a source saying: “I’d be astonished if she didn’t make several appearances. Harry’s very proud of the Games and would love Meghan to be there.”

 Meghan Markle has been tipped to join Harry at the events later this week

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Meghan Markle has been tipped to join Harry at the events later this week
Invictus Games 2017 the international sporting event for injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women

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