Prince Harry hosts his first Buckingham Palace garden party after UK Invictus team launch

It was a party at the palace with Prince Harry on Tuesday. Meghan Markle’s royal beau hosted over 2,000 guests at his first garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 30. Harry welcomed injured and ill service personnel and veterans to the Not Forgotten Association's annual garden party, which is held every year at a royal residence. The national tri-service charity provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities. Guests at Harry's party enjoyed refreshments in tea tents and music from the Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers.


VER GALERÍA Prince Harry hosted his first garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 30 Photo: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Harry, who served in the military for a decade before retiring in 2015, has shown his support for servicemen and women over the years. The British Prince founded the Invictus Games, which is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, back in 2014. Prior to his garden party, the 32-year-old attended the unveiling of the UK team for the upcoming 2017 games in Toronto. Following the launch at the Tower of London, Harry met with competitors and their family and friends at a reception held at Plaisterers Hall.

The Queen's grandson attended the UK Team launch prior to hosting the Not Forgotten Association's annual garden party Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage

While at the brunch, the royal shared an adorable moment with a little girl named Maya Turner. The six-year-old gave Prince George’s uncle a handwritten letter thanking Harry for giving her mother, Sgt. Michelle Turner, who has a serious heart condition, the chance to compete in the September games. Maya's letter read: "Thank you Help For Heroes and Prince Harry for helping my mummy and her friends. P.S. I hope I have my two front teeth for Toronto."

A six-year-old wrote a sweet letter thanking the Prince for letting her mom compete in the 2017 Invictus Games Photo: CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images

Harry delivered a moving speech to the UK team on Tuesday telling them, “It’s not about medals, it’s about taking part. Every single one of you are ambassadors for the Invictus Games.” He added, “When you cross the finish line regardless of where you position is, I know exactly what all you guys are going to do, you’ll turn around and you’ll congratulate every single person who comes over that line regardless of what strip they’re wearing.”

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