Canadian royal watchers and sports lovers are in for a super special treat next year, thanks to some news this week that’s really hitting home for both camps. That’s because not only is Prince Harry coming to Toronto in September, but he’s bringing along the third annual Invictus Games.
For those who don’t know what the games are, no — it’s not some form of magic Olympics dreamed up by Harry Potter or J.K. Rowling. Although they are magical, in the sense that they allow wounded soldiers from around the world to compete in athletic events that have been adapted for them.
“The journey hasn’t been easy for anyone, but thanks to the support of their friends and families, they are prepared to push their bodies and minds harder than ever before for their next challenge,” Prince Harry, who is hosting the event, said in a released clip (watch more, above).
This marks the third annual games. The inaugural event took place in London in 2014, and the second is happening later this year in Orlando, Fl. The third time’s always the charm though, and according to early reports Toronto will boast more countries and events than the first two iterations. Given that the city recently hosted the Pan Am Games, we’d say it’s pretty well-prepared to make good on both those promises.
Oh, and did we mention next year also celebrates 150 years of Canada even being in existence? Yeah, we’d say if there was ever a year to host something this notable, 2017 would be it.
Watch the entire video announcement for yourself, above.