Prince Harry causes a stir on arrival at Invictus Games

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Prince Harry chats to the Australian swim team ahead of the Invictus Games. Image: Instagram / Kensingtonroyal

Huge crowds gathered in Toronto for all the action of the Invictus Games, but it was a royal face most were keen to see the most.

Prince Harry arrived on Friday and was quick to show his support for the athletes.

He joked around with them, and gave them plenty of encouragement ahead of the event that will see around 550 competitors from 17 countries compete in 12 different sports.

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Harry is expected to take part in official meetings during the event, meeting with US First Lady Melania Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and outgoing Canadian Governor General David Johnston. He’ll also take part in the Jaguar Landrover Driving Challenge, attend the opening ceremony and watch some of the training sessions taking place.

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While so far there’s been no sign of girlfriend Meghan Markle she is expected to make an appearance at some point. If that does happen it will be the first official public appearance as a couple.

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There’ll be a few other familiar faces for those that attend the events over the next few days at the sporting event.

Closing ceremony performers include performers like  Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and Kelly Clarkson.

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The first Invictus Games, an annual event for injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women and veterans, were held in London, England, in 2014.

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They’ll next be held in Sydney, Australia, in October 2018.

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The Prince is the patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament.

Would you watch the Invictus Games or would you attend just to see Prince Harry?