Invictus Games Opening Ceremony - Tickets

Invictus Games Opening Ceremony - Tickets

To mark the start of the Invictus Games, there will be a special Opening Ceremony.

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Invictus Games Opening CeremonyLONDON
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 10/09/14
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An audience of 5,000 will gather on the South Lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the evening of Wednesday 10 September for the prelude to the Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover. An exclusive performance of the official anthem, penned by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, is just one of the highlights of an uplifting Opening Ceremony being put together by Kim Gavin, the creative director of the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony.

A fly past from The Red Arrows, one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams, will add to a military-themed spectacle. On the ground there will be displays by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery – the ceremonial unit of the British Army famed for firing salutes on royal anniversaries and state occasions, including the 41-gun salute for Trooping the Colour – and the Queen’s Colour Squadron (63 Squadron RAF Regiment), renowned for its unique Continuity Drill Displays performed without a word of command. They will be joined by bands from the Royal Marines, Army and RAF.

The crowd can also look forward to a Competitors’ Parade featuring all 400+ wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women – serving and veteran and from 14 nations – who will go on to compete in four days of sport from 11-14 September. One of those hard in training and hoping to be selected for the British Armed Forces team is Lance Corporal John-James Chalmers of 42 Commando Royal Marines, known as 'JJ', who suffered severe injuries in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2011. The 26 year old from Edinburgh hopes to compete in Athletics and Cycling at the Invictus Games.

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