Prince Harry Plans a Florida Vacation for Sports (And Philanthropy)

No, he's not going to Disney World.

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Prince Harry announcing his team for the Invictus Games in Orlando

Prince Harry is heading to Florida this May for the Invictus Games. The Games are four days of more than 500 military competitors taking part in 10 sporting events. The purpose of the Invictus Games is to make it easier for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women to return to civilian life, rehabilitating them through sports.

Early this morning, Kensington Palace announced the Prince’s team, selected to represent the UK, on Instagram. The Palace’s official statement read, “The 110-strong team of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) military personnel and veterans came together for the first time on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.” Prince Harry was inspired to bring Invictus to the UK after a trip to see the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Prince Harry plays sitting Volley Ball as he takes part in a match at the media launch for the Invictus Games 2014 at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park on March 6, 2014 in London, England. The Invictus Games for wounded, injured and sick serivce personnel will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of those who serve the country. Prince Harry has brought the Games to the UK following a trip to see the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013. 300 competitors from around the world will take part from the 10th-14th September.
Prince Harry at the Invictus Games 2014 in London

Prince Harry has been a driving force behind the Games, and he described its evolution on their website. “The 2014 Games were just the beginning of the Invictus story. The competitors showed grit, determination and humor: an absolute refusal to be beaten or be defined by their injuries – the Invictus spirit was born. I can’t wait to see the American public supporting these inspirational men and women at the next Games.” Prince Harry has been supporting the Games since they started two years ago, following in his mother’s philanthropic footsteps.

Prince Harry plays during the Sentebale Polo Cup presented by Royal Salute World Polo at Ghantoot Polo Club on November 20, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Prince Harry at the Sentebale Polo Cup in Abu Dhabi

The next Invictus Games will take place in Toronto in 2017 and Prince Harry is already planning them, with a trip to Canada on May 2 to commemorate the launch of the third countdown. Then, he will arrive in Florida for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup on May 4 at Valiente Polo Farm.

The event will raise money for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, supporting young people with HIV in southern Africa. While many are calling it a trip to Palm Beach, the farm hosting the sixth annual polo cup is actually in nearby Wellington. The match is by invitation only, so those who haven’t received one yet will have to begin searching for a Disney hotel room for the next part of his Florida road trip. Unfortunately, those in Orlando won’t get to see Prince Harry leading a team.

If Nepal was his spring break, this will be his summer vacation. The Games will be held from May 8 until the 12 for all eligible women hoping to plan a last minute Florida vacation, or those who’d like to volunteer.

Prince Harry Plans a Florida Vacation for Sports (And Philanthropy)