Prince Harry delivered a heartfelt speech as he launched the ICC Cricket World Cup at The Oval in London on Thursday.
The Duke of Sussex greeted an array of school children as he arrived at the venue, before he spoke about the sporting event, praising the UK’s cultural diversity.
Countries such as India, New Zealand and Afghanistan are among the 10 teams taking part in this year’s cup, with England and South Africa being the tournament favourites.
Harry said in his speech, “Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, fans here and around the world, welcome to the Oval for the opening game of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.”
“The first ever cricket World Cup took place in England in 1975 and I’m delighted that the U.K. will once again play host to this wonderful global sporting event featuring 10 incredible teams who, thanks to the UK’s cultural diversity, will feel as though they are competing in front of a home crowd every time they take to the field.”
The royal continued, “Cities across England and Wales will come alive over the next six weeks as World Cup fever sweeps the nation once more and I am sure that the players will show their appreciation with some fantastic performances and great sportsmanship.”
He finished up by saying, “Good luck to all of the teams and thank you to everyone who has played a part in making this tournament happen.”
“Here’s to a brilliant six weeks of sport. Trust me, you won’t want to miss any of it.”
Harry also met a lookalike at Thursday’s event, a red-headed freckle-faced boy who bared a striking resemblance to the Duke (see second from the left, front row).