Queen amused by Obamas' Invictus Games challenge in video featuring Suffolk gold medal winner Alex Tate
PUBLISHED: 09:55 30 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:55 30 April 2016
The Queen has dismissed an Invictus Games challenge from President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle - in a video which features a fleeting appearance by a Suffolk athlete.
Showing off her impeccable comic timing the monarch appears in the spoof video with her grandson Prince Harry to promote the five-day Games which will be launched in Orlando, Florida, on May 8.
The royal pair are seen looking at an Invictus Games brochure, featuring Alex Tate - the Bury St Edmunds man who won Britain’s first gold in the 2014 Invictus Games in the 100metres.
The former soldier had the lower part of his left leg blown off while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.
As the royal pair sit discussing the Invictus Games the Queen’s grandson gets a message on a smartphone from “FLOTUS” - First Lady of the United States - accompanied by a short burst of Hail To The Chief.
Harry tells the Queen “From Michelle, how very amusing, do you want to watch it together?” and he opens the video message when his grandmother says yes.
The Obamas are shown looking stern with their arms folded with some apparently uniformed servicemen and women behind them.
The First Lady says “Hey, Prince Harry, remember when you told us to bring it to the Invictus Games?”
“Careful what you wish for,” adds the President as he points towards the viewer, and one of the servicemen says “boom” and opens his hand like an explosion.
The Queen and Harry look at each other smiling and the monarch says “Oh, really please”, while Harry mockingly says “boom” with a smirk, and copies the hand gesture.
He will be in Florida next month for the whole of the Invictus Games which will see more than 500 competitors from countries like Italy, Germany, Estonia, Jordan and the UK compete in 10 events - archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, athletics, wheelchair basketball, rugby and tennis.
Harry will be joined by the First Lady at the sporting spectacle for injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women and veterans, and in an interview said spectators would be taken on an “emotional rollercoaster”.