Today, HRH Prince Harry sent his first ever Tweet as he celebrated the forthcoming Invictus Games (@InvictusLondon), which come to London this September:
Hope everyone will get behind #invictusgames. Great opportunity to support and thank the men and women who have given so much. Harry— Invictus Games 2014 ( @InvictusLondon) May 15, 2014
He was attending a press event at the top of London’s @bttowerlondon, where he spoke to media about the Games before tweeting:
Yes, that last tweet from ‘Harry’ really was by none other than #InvictusGames President Prince Harry! pic.twitter.com/tt8v7wB2MW— Invictus Games 2014 ( @InvictusLondon) May 15, 2014
Prince Harry looks a little bit to excited as he sends his first ever tweet pic.twitter.com/i2jSL1GWyS— Johnny Goldsmith ( @MirrorJohnny) May 15, 2014
Inspired by the Warrior Games in the US, @InvictusLondon will take place from 10-14 September at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with more than 300 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen taking part. The Tweet from the Prince was followed by a Twitter Q&A with athletes hoping to take part in the games.
.@judithjwilliams The Invictus Games will be show on BBC. You can view in person too; tickets are on sale tomorrow http://t.co/CyVFStm1Zg— Invictus Games 2014 ( @InvictusLondon) May 15, 2014
Whilst today’s message made him the most senior royal to send a Tweet, Prince Harry isn’t the first member of monarchy to make use of Twitter. The Royal Family have a strong presence on the platform — both Prince Andrew (@TheDukeOfYork) and Princess Beatrice (@yorkiebea) have their own accounts. And official accounts such as @ClarenceHouse and @BritishMonarchy provide regular updates about the work and activities of the Royal Family for followers around the globe.
During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s recent tour of Australia and New Zealand, the @ClarenceHouse account was used to document their travels, providing intimate photos and engaging with those who had met the couple and their son, HRH Prince George of Cambridge:
Prince George meets a Bilby, named George, @tarongazoo today. pic.twitter.com/CNyTtgkUMV— Clarence House ( @ClarenceHouse) April 20, 2014
Prince George cuddles up to his mum during his play date @PlunketNZ #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/STuUgdUl0f— Clarence House ( @ClarenceHouse) April 9, 2014
And last summer, the royal household used the platform to celebrate the birth of baby George, posting a message on Twitter to confirm news of his birth and his name.
For those interested in the Invictus Games, be sure to follow @InvictusLondon for information on tickets, news and updates.