Meghan and Harry swapped their formal attire from earlier today attending the Anzac Memorial service in Hyde Park, for casual outfits to take a boat across Sydney Harbour to Cockatoo Island for a special Invictus Games car challenge.
The couple were greeted by Invictus Games Foundation Chairman Sir Keith Mills, and CEO Dominic Reid and competitors in their racing uniforms.
The challenge was the first sporting event in the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney and is a test of skill and precision and is designed to test driving skills, navigational ability, observation and teamwork using Land Rover vehicles.
Meghan and Harry seemed relaxed and very excited about tonight’s opening ceremony. By using the power of sport to inspire recovery, The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. The first Invictus Games took place in September 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
The Games were launched on 6 March 2014 by Harry.
The France team took the gold challenge, in which 12 nations went head-to-head in a test of driving and navigation skills. The teams comprising of a driver and navigator completed challenges, including driving through a water slalom obstacle, a precision driving test, and a “smart cone” course.
Meghan and Harry also took time out to play with remote control cars alongside children from different countries who travelled to the event with the athletes
“Meghan looked on with amusement and smiled at the youngsters who were excited to meet the Duke and Duchess, even shaking hands with one as Harry gave him a pat on the head.
The competition turned serious as Harry competed against two boys, one from Australian and another from Holland in a race across a track strewn with rocks and other obstacles.
A chuckling prince enthusiastically pursued the boys’ cars with his own calling out ‘alright I’m coming, I’ll catch you,’ while sporting a giant grin.
The Prince was bested by 13-year-old Danyan Jones from Ballina in the NSW Northern Rivers whose father Jamie Tanner, 35, will represent Australia in the wheelchair tennis and rugby events.
Mr Tanner was a soldier in the Australian army who served in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan before he was medically discharged in 2016 with terrible injuries and PTSD.
Danyan bragged about his victory after defeating Harry, who mostly enjoyed himself but looked frustrated at time during the friendly race.
‘Harry was good at remote control cars, but I was better – obviously,’ Danyan said.
Meghan and Harry presented the children with medals for their participation in the remote-control car rally
Of course, they also rewarded the winners of the competition
And posed for a group photo
Our beautiful duchess
Meghan looked very chic in her outfit!
Her blazer was the Altuzarra Acacia blazer in white
She styled it with a pair of The Looker Not Guilty Jeans by Mother Denim.
Fitting for the event, Meghan wore the official Invictus Sydney button up shirt
Her sunglasses are the Illesteva Palm Beach style.
She kept wearing the Tabitha Simmons Millie Slingback pumps from this morning.
Kensington shared this sweet photo of Meghan listening to Harry’s speech for tonight’s opening ceremony! Sooo excited. Stay tuned.