Sydney will host the 2018 Invictus Games for injured, wounded and sick armed forces veterans, Prince Harry has announced.
The prince confirmed the chosen city in a video message, which ended with the backing of pop star Kylie Minogue.
The Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style multi-sport event ranging from archery and wheelchair rugby to road cycling and swimming.
The event began in London in 2014 and visited Orlando, Florida, in May ahead of Toronto in 2017.
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In the video message, Prince Harry said: “We have raised the bar higher with each successive games. I am happy to say the Invictus Games journey won’t end there.”
The prince said the competition had “shown us what can be achieved when wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women rediscover their fighting spirit through sport”.
He has been heavily involved in the organization of the event, after attending the Warrior Games, a similar gathering held in the US.
Prince Harry himself served 10 years in the Armed Forces and saw action in Afghanistan twice.
The video message, filmed at the Tourism Australia offices in Australia House, London, shows Prince Harry’s mobile phone ringing to the sound of the Kylie Minogue hit I Should Be So Lucky.
Prince Harry, surrounded by members of the Australian military, announces to cheers that the caller is Kylie.
He says: “Hi Kylie, good timing, the 2018 Invictus Games is coming to Sydney, can I guarantee the Aussies are going to bring it?”
In her own video message in reply, Kylie Minogue says: “Hey Prince Harry, listen – we’re stoked the Invictus Games is coming to Sydney, but you don’t need to tell the Aussies to bring it – it’s guaranteed, no worries.”
Prince Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, said Sydney was chosen because it is an iconic location with a proud military heritage and a population that is “absolutely sports mad”.
The 2018 Invictus Games are set to take place in New South Wales from October18-29.
Kylie Minogue shared a swimsuit photo on her Instagram page.
Alongside the picture, in which 45-year-old Kylie Minogue was seen wearing a cutaway leopard-print swimsuit, she wrote: “Ready to go…. into the blue.”
Kylie Minogue shared a swimsuit photo on her Instagram page
Since sporting the gold hotpants, which her stylist famously picked up for 50p in a charity shop, in her 2000 Spinning Around video, Kylie Minogue has well and truly cemented her status as having the celebrity world’s best bottom.
But speaking previously about the attention her behind attracts, Kylie Minogue mused: “I don’t know how it happened. Okay, so yes, I put them in gold hot pants, but really I don’t know.”
Kylie Minogue is currently on holiday in Portofino, Italy, and was seen out on Wednesday looking stunning in a red and white striped T-shirt and black pencil skirt.
Keeping up with celebrity beauty trends can be an expensive business, but not every A-lister feels the need to splash thousands on a perfume or a pot of face cream that costs a fortune.
This week, television presenter Fearne Cotton admitted she loves Simple’s Kind To Eyes make-up remover, costing a purse-friendly £3.99.
Kylie Minogue, meanwhile, credits Ponds’ £4.49 cold cream with keeping wrinkles at bay.
Sienna Miller’s bargain lip balm
Retaling at £7.99 for a 9g tube (victoriahealth.com), Lanolips 101 Ointment certainly won’t break the bank. Along with banishing chapped lip and dryness, the 100% natural balm also doubles as a useful way to deal with minor rashes, eczema and sunburn.
The brainchild of Australian entrepreneur, Kirsten Carriol, the balm hasn’t been around for long but has already racked up a huge celebrity following including Danni Minogue and actress Sienna Miller.
Fearne Cotton’s cheap and cheerful cleanser
A supermarket staple, Simple isn’t the sort of brand you’d expect to grace an A-list bathroom – unless, of course, the celebrity in question happens to be the down-to-earth Fearne Cotton.
Fearne Cotton loves Simple’s £3,99 Kind to Eyes Make-up Remover (superdrug.com), which sweeps away even the stubbornest waterproof mascara, and contains soothing vitamin B5.
Keeping up with celebrity beauty trends can be an expensive business, but not every A-lister feels the need to splash thousands on a perfume or a pot of face cream that costs a fortune
Julia Roberts’ low cost body lotion
It’s not exactly a body lotion but Julia Roberts’ olive oil does exactly the same job – and for a lot less to boot.
Tesco’s home brand olive oil costs a mere £1.98 (tesco.com) and is packed with skin nourishing antioxidants such as vitamins A and E as well as rich emollients that soften tough skin.
Add a little lemon juice to deal with skin discoloration and to give your skin an additional shot of vitamin C.
Kylie Minogue’s cut-price cold cream
Pond’s Cold Cream, £4.49 (boots.com), is an old-fashioned beauty treat that’s still topping the sales charts thanks to its legion of celebrity fans.
Among them is singer, Kylie Minogue, who credits the 100-year-old cream with her skin’s youthful glow.
“It’s really changed my skin,” Kylie Minogue says.
“It’s all I really use to look after my skin. It’s such an old classic. My mum uses it and it really does work. It’s made such a difference.” Helena Christensen’s mark-down mascara
Not only does Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara cost a bargain basement £4.99 (superdrug.com), it’s won plaudits from beauty editors and celebrities alike.
Fans include Danish supermodel Helena Christensen, Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera, Amanda Siegfried and Brazilian model, Isabeli Fontana. If it’s good enough for all of them…
Jessica Alba’s economy nail polish
Instead of using the expensive likes of Chanel or Nails Inc, actress Jessica Alba’s top choice of polish is a brand you’ll find in high street stores such as Boots: Revlon.
At £6.49 (boots.com), Revlon Nail Enamel costs less than £10 and comes in 33 different shades, including last winter’s coolest hue, Grey Suede, and the perfect Hollywood red, Cherries in the Snow.
A source has confirmed to Us Weekly magazine that Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are engaged.
Olivier Martinez, 46, reportedly proposed with an emerald-and-diamond ring from Gurhan which Halle Berry, 45, has been seen sporting recently.
Halle Berry was first pictured with a ring on her wedding finger as early as December 29, leading to speculation that Olivier Martinez planned a Christmas proposal.
The actress has been careful to keep the ring turned around to just look like a plain band in recent weeks, but gave photographers a glimpse of the stunning stone during an outing in LA yesterday.
A source has confirmed to Us Weekly magazine that Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are engaged
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez first met while working opposite one another on the film Dark Tide; they soon emerged as a hot new couple in the autumn of 2010.
A source told Us Weekly: “[Halle] had given up on being married, but she trusts Olivier. He makes her feel safe. He’s a keeper.”
Olivier Martinez previously dated Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, 43, for several years – and supported her through her battle with breast cancer – before they split in 2007.
For Halle Berry, who has a 3-year-old daughter, Nahla, with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, this will be the third marriage.
The actress dated handsome model Gabriel Aubry, 36, for almost five years before their acrimonious split in April 2010.
Halle Berry’s love life has been fraught with hard times. An ex-boyfriend beat her so badly that she was left partially deaf, her first marriage falling apart caused her to attempt suicide and her second marriage ended because her husband was allegedly a sex addict.
Halle Berry wed former baseball player David Justice in 1993, divorcing four years later.
She has spoken publicly about contemplating suicide after the end of her first marriage.
“It was all about a relationship,” Halle Berry told Parade magazine in 2007.
“My sense of worth was so low. I had to reprogram myself to see the good in me. Because someone didn’t love me didn’t mean I was unlovable. I promised myself I would never be a coward again.”
Halle Berry then married R&B singer Eric Benét in 2001, only to separate in 2003 and finalize their divorce in 2005.
The actress has previously revealed that the couple was in counseling to combat Eric Benét’s sex addiction after just a year.
Of her second marriage, Halle Berry said: “I knew this time I had a right to set boundaries and say, <<This isn’t OK for me>>. I knew that it wasn’t my fault. If I hadn’t gone through the first breakup and made that promise to myself this would have leveled me.”
“I stink at marriage,” Halle Berry joked to Parade in the 2007 interview.