Harry and Meghan ride in mini cars driven by children at Invictus Games ahead of opening ceremony address

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were taken for a spin by a couple of children in mini cars at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands.

The couple made their first public appearance together in Europe since quitting as senior working royals more than two years ago, when they attended a reception at the games on Friday.

Harry and Meghan hopped into miniature open-topped Land Rover vehicles driven by two little girls ahead of the event's opening ceremony in The Hague on Saturday.

Harry founded the Invictus Games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the chance to compete in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.

The couple arrived at the Zuiderpark around lunchtime and looked casual and relaxed as they chatted to people.

They both wore sunglasses and met children at a small track next to the main driving course and sat in the passenger space next to their young drivers.

Meghan was driven around by five-year-old French girl, Mya Poirot, while Harry was driven by four-year-old Dutch girl, Scarlet Vroegop.

The duke also took part in the Jaguar Land Rover driving challenge, sitting in the front passenger seat and helping to navigate a course of bridge structures, ramps and rocks.

Prior to Friday, the couple had not been seen publicly on this side of the Atlantic together since 2020.

Harry and Meghan chose to make their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games almost five years ago.

He and Meghan moved to California after stepping back from royal duties in January 2020.

Their appearance at the Zuiderpark came after they visited the Queen in Windsor on Thursday, having flown in from the US.

Harry and Meghan's trips to the UK and the Netherlands come after the pair were absent from the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service in London last month.

The couple are set to speak at the opening ceremony on Saturday evening and address the audience at a televised event attended by members of the Dutch royal family and the country's prime minister.

The ceremony will feature live performances from acts including the Kaiser Chiefs.

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