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Zara Tindall supports Prince Harry's Invictus Games: 'I'll see you on the court'

05 SEPTEMBER 2014

Zara Tindall has pledged her support for her cousin Prince Harry and his four-day sporting event – Invictus Games – which he launched earlier this year.

The games are a Paralympic-style event for wounded servicemen and women that aim to use sport to inspire recovery and bring injured personnel back into the community. 

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Zara, who will be playing a game of wheelchair rugby alongside Harry and her husband Mike Tindall, spoke of her excitement ahead of the televised match.

 

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Sporting couple Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall will compete in a rugby wheelchair match



"Sport is important to me obviously," said the Olympic equestrian, whose GB team has just qualified for a place at Rio 2016. "I've grown up with it. It's a fantastic way of getting out there and exercising and getting back into the community. I'm very excited to be involved."

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While Zara has previously participated in a charity wheelchair race and called it "pretty hard work," she added: "I have seen wheelchair rugby being played before but I haven't played. I can't imagine I'm going to be very good at it, but obviously we'll bring our A-Game!"

The Queen's granddaughter, 33, also had a special message for her cousin Harry, 29, which she left in a video promoting the games. "Hi Harry, looking forward to the Invictus Games," she said. "I'll see you on the court."

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Harry will also have the support of his immediate family at the opening ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday 10 September, after it was confirmed that Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, and the Duchess of Cambridge will attend.


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Prince Harry launched the Paralympic-style sporting event for wounded personnel earlier this year


Apart from Zara, Harry and former England rugby captain Mike, other stars who will also take part in the game include singer Example and Olympic legends Dame Kelly Holmes and Denise Lewis.

The two teams will be headed by rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson and his former manager Sir Clive Woodward. The match will be held at the Copper Box Arena on Friday 12 September.

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Harry launched the Invictus Games in the hope of bringing together "wounded warriors" from all over the globe to compete against each other, in nine sports over four days.

The sporting event, held throughout London venues, will end on Sunday 14 September with a closing ceremony – the Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert. The Foo Fighters will be headlining with sets from Harry's good friend James Blunt as well as the Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding, The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks, Diversity and Military Wives Choirs.


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