The International Cricket Council World Cup 2019 officially kicked off at The Oval on Thursday, where South Africa are playing England.
Before the match started, Prince Harry chatted with the flag bearers and posed for pictures. He also addressed the crowd at The Oval which was bedecked with balloons featuring flags of the contesting teams. Britain Prime Minister Theresa May was also among the spectators.
The celebrations of the tournament, however, had began yesterday as London hosted an "opening party" after the captains of cricket teams that are contesting in the World Cup rubbed shoulders with the royals at the Buckingham Palace.
Header image: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II joins the captains of the teams taking part in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for a photograph in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, before a Royal Garden Party in London on May 29. Back row from left, Pakistan's Sarfaraz Ahmed, South Africa's Francois du Plessis, Bangladesh's Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne, New Zealand's Kane Williamson and Afghanistan's Gulbadin Naib. Front row from left, West Indies' Jason Holder, Australia's Aaron Finch, England's Eoin Morgan and India's Virat Kohli. — AP