Invictus Games

Invictus Games The Hague kicks off with spectacular opening ceremony

The night's events included speeches from Prince Harry and Meghan as well as a live performance from the Kaiser Chiefs.

The Invictus Games The Hague officially got started with the opening ceremony which featured speeches from Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

Every team was introduced during the show with Team UK led out by their captain Rachel Williamson.

The night also included a rousing standing ovation for Team Ukraine who are competing despite the current situation with Russia.

There has been a long wait for these Games after COVID-19 resulted in the event being postponed twice from 2020 to 2022.

"God I've missed you all and people around the world have missed this - the boundless humility, compassion, and friendship that is Invictus," said Prince Harry during this speech.

"The world needed to be reminded of the power of the human spirit, the ability to heal, and the strength of resilience, that allows us to recover, and come back stronger."

Watch: Prince Harry's speech at the Invictus Games The Hague in full.

He also referenced the current situation in Ukraine saying: "Look no further than our representation from Team Ukraine. Your bravery in choosing to come, and for being here tonight, cannot be overstated.

"You told me yesterday why you decided to join us, despite all odds. You said, You came to be on this global stage, not simply to show your strength, but to tell your truth – the truth, of what is happening in your country.

"You know we stand with you. The world is united with you. And still you deserve more. My hope is that this event creates opportunities of how we as a global community can better show up for you."

The night's show also featured a live performance from the Kaiser Chiefs.

Watch: Nations from around the world at Invictus Games The Hague.

The Invictus Games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

There are set to be 500 competitors from 20 countries competing in this year's fifth annual games which will conclude on Friday 22 April.