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Prince Harry sent his first ever tweet from the top of the BT Tower to mark 40,000 tickets going on sale for the Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover.
The Invictus Games will see over 400 sick, injured and wounded service personnel from 14 different nations competing in nine adaptive sports from September 10-14 in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
Inspired by the success of the Warrior Games in the United States, the event is being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence.
The tweet from Prince Harry read: "Hope everyone will get behind #invictusgames. Great opportunity to support and thank the men and women who have given so much. Harry”.
Following his tweet, Prince Harry met with two hopeful participants in Daniel Whittingham, who had his left leg amputated after being injured when serving in Afghanistan in 2009, and Andy Phillips, who suffered a spinal injury during the Gulf War in 1990.
He joined the pair whilst they took part in a Twitter Q&A session to answer questions from supporters about the Invictus Games.
The launch of the ticket sales came as the Invictus Games organisers announced that BT had come on board as an Official Supporter of the Games.
BT is a big supporter of the UK Armed Forces, having hired over 1,600 ex-Armed Forces personnel in recent years as engineers into its Openreach division as it continues to roll out fibre broadband across the UK.
Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of the Invictus Games, welcomes their support.
"As a long-standing supporter of both the UK Armed Forces and disability sport, BT’s involvement will help us ensure the Invictus Games inspire millions of people around the world and leave a lasting legacy,” said Sir Keith.
"I’d urge people not to miss out on tickets when they go on sale – this is a unique opportunity to support and thank those who have served their countries so bravely.”
BT Group plc Chairman Sir Michael Rake said he was delighted to support the international sporting competition.
"BT has been championing disability sport for 25 years,” he said.
"We are proud to support the Invictus Games, which will be a powerful expression of values we hold dear - inclusion and inspiration through sport.”
Tickets for the Invictus Games will cost £12.85 per person per session, including booking fee, postage and admin.
For more information on tickets and for the full competition schedule, Click Here