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- 15 September 2014 00:00
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Prince Harry has hailed the success of his Invictus Games following the conclusion of the Paralympic-style competition at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
The four-day competition, which was the brainchild of Prince Harry, saw over 400 competitors including both serving military personnel and veterans participate across nine disciplines.
As well as the British competitors, teams traveled from the likes of America, New Zealand and Afghanistan to take part.
"I'm over the moon,” said Prince Harry.
"When you have something in your head it's actually quite dangerous because you know how you want it to pan out and you never know whether it will.
"But you know the British public have taken to this like ducks to water and that is what we wanted.
"They have outdone themselves as always.”
The competition concluded with a spectacular Closing Concert that featured performances from acts including the Kaiser Chiefs, Bryan Adams and the Foo Fighters in front of 26,000 spectators at the Park in London.
Prince Harry took to the stage at the event to read out a special message from the Queen.
"Prince Philip and I send our heartfelt congratulations to the organisers and supporters of this competition and most importantly to you men and women of the armed forces who have overcome great adversity just to take part in these Games," said the Queen's statement.
"As I have followed the competition over the past four days, I have been deeply moved by your courage, determination and talent.
"All of you have used the power of sport to enhance your own recovery and to raise wider awareness of the enormous challenges faced by wounded veterans."
Sir Keith Mills, the Chairman of the Invictus Games, also hailed the success of the competition.
"For many of the Servicemen and women competing here in London, just getting to the starting line has been an incredible achievement,” said Sir Keith.
"The Invictus Games are all about recognising the sacrifice they have made but focusing on what they can achieve, post-injury.”