Queen Elizabeth Shows Support For Prince Harry as He Carries Out One of His Final Royal Engagements
Prince Harry is back in the UK so he can perform the last of his official royal duties before stepping down as a senior royal at the end of March. This week, the Duke of Sussex was working on a special project for the upcoming Invictus Games, and Queen Elizabeth showed support for her grandson amid the Megxit drama.
Prince Harry is teaming up with Jon Bon Jovi
Harry created the Invictus Games back in 2014, which features wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel and veterans competing in nine sports. For this year’s Invictus Games – which will take place in May in The Hague, Netherlands – Prince Harry teamed up with rocker Jon Bon Jovi.
The rocker recently recorded a song with the Invictus Games choir at London’s Abbey Road Studios. To show their support for the project, Queen Elizabeth’s social media channels posted a clip of a special guard change at Buckingham Palace.
In the video, the Scots Guards Band played a medley of Bon Jovi’s biggest hits, which included Livin’ On a Prayer and It’s My Life. As they played, the changing of the guard ceremony took place outside of the palace.
“Today the @ScotsGuardsBand played a special @BonJovi medley to celebrate his collaboration with @WeAreInvictus ! The Queen’s Guard handed over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace to the New Guard,” tweeted the royal Twitter account.
Jon Bon Jovi recorded a special single ‘Unbroken’
According to Hello! Magazine, Prince Harry met with Bon Jovi at Abbey Road Studios – the same place the Beatles recorded 11 of their 13 albums – on Friday, February 28th. The rocker recorded a special single with the Invictus Games Choir titled Unbroken as Prince Harry looked on.
Bon Jovi wrote and recorded the song to bring attention to the issue of veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The song was also the singer’s way of honoring veterans for their service.
The Invictus Games Choir – through the assistance of Help for Heroes – consists of wounded, injured, and sick veterans and active members, just like the competing athletes. For the choir, it’s music that helps them with their recovery instead of sports.
The original version of Unbroken will appear on the upcoming album Bon Jovi 2020. In March, the charity version with the Invictus Games Choir will be released with proceeds supporting the Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Foundation.
Jon Bon Jovi has been a vocal supporter of the military for years, as both of his parents were members of the United States Marine Corps. After he recorded the song, Bon Jovi joined Prince Harry for a chat with choir members and previous Invictus Games athletes.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final royal engagements are scheduled for March
While Prince Harry is already in the UK, Markle is still in Canada with their son Archie Harrison. However, she will be joining him soon for their final royal engagements as senior members of the royal family.
On March 5th the couple will attend the Endeavor Fund Awards for wounded military veterans. And, on March 7th they are scheduled to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival.
On March 9th, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend Commonwealth Day, which commemorates the 53 nations that make up the Commonwealth. The royal couple will officially step down as senior members of the royal family on March 31.
After that, there will be a 12-month review period to make sure that the new arrangement will work out for both the Sussexes and the royal family. During that time, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer take part in official royal engagements in support of the Queen because those appearances are funded by the taxpayer-supported Sovereign Grant.
The couple has also closed their palace office and fired their royal staff. After April 1, the UK foundation team will represent Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.