Prince Harry launches 500-day countdown to 2018 Invictus games in Sydney

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The NSW government is urging Sydneysiders to get in early on Wednesday with large crowds again expected to flock to the harbour for a glimpse of the prince.

One of those fans was war widow Daphne Dunne - who, according to The Daily Mail Australia, waited an incredible "seven hours in the rain to be reunited with Prince Harry".

On Wednesday, Harry will launch the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney and begin the official countdown to the tournament.

Prince Harry said sport could bring people together and for those recovering from injury, the Games gave them a sense of goal.

He said in his Sydney speech he resolved on the flight home from Afghanistan to create an event that would ultimately change his life and create a lasting impact on other veterans and wounded service members and their families.

"And the spectacle of sport combined with stories of recovery against the odds would inspire everyone who saw it", Harry said of the Games and its participants.

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The first Invictus Games were held in London in 2014, followed by the USA city of Florida in 2016.

Saying he was "lucky enough to call a number of diggers my mates", Harry said he had no doubt Sydney would embrace the Invictus Games, which are set to take place in the city in October 2018. And though he was in Australia for a special occasion, that didn't stop the British royal from remembering the victims of this Saturday's horrific terror attack in London.

The 2017 Invictus Games, which sees both serving and veteran wounded armed forces members compete in a series of sports, are being held in Toronto, Canada, in September.

"Australians form an important and vibrant part of the fabric of life in London and we are reminded of that in good times and bad".

The royal is now promoting The Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia and made sure to take time out to greet fans outside the Opera House.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also acknowledged the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, London and Melbourne, labelling the Invictus Games "an opportunity to use the healing power of sport".

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