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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia – Day 6: Sydney

The Duke & Duchess spent their last day in Sydney in activities involving the Invictus Games. Meghan was supposed to join Harry in the morning to watch the Road Cycling Trials, but because the Opening Ceremony lasted two hours longer than expected, the Duchess felt the need to cut back on some engagements and rest. Let’s not forget she is pregnant after all ! Kensington Palace have also confirmed that while she will join Harry at Fraser Island tomorrow, she will not take part in the engagements, meaning she will resume her activites in Fiji.

Still, Meghan and Harry attended a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at The Pavillion Restaurant. They were joined by Invictus Games competitors and got to meet young children. VIDEO

In the afternoon, the couple attended the sailing trials at Farm Corve, on Sydney Harbour. The Duke & Duchess took some time to meet the competitors and looked like they had a really good time ! VIDEO

Finally, in the evening, the couple attended a reception at Government House for the Invictus Games Foundation. Competitors and their family were in attendance.

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex will return to Sydney on October 27 to attend the Wheelchair Basketball Finals and the Closing Ceremony.

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia – Day 5: Sydney

The day has finally arrived, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex have launched the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney ! It is the 4th edition of the Games following London (2014), Orlando (2016) and Toronto (2017).

Their Royal Highnesses began the day by unveiling a new ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park. The memorial is to remember all the Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. The Duke & Duchess layed together a wreath at the bottom of the memorial and Harry unveiled a plaque. VIDEO

In the afternoon, Harry and Meghan attended the first trial of the Invictus Games, the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. This trial is a test of skill and precision and is designed to test driving skills, navigational ability, observation and teamwork using Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. Two participants from each nation will be tested on a Jaguar course which will allow competitors to showcase both their speed and precision, as well as highlighting the agility and handling of the Jaguar vehicles.
The Duke & Duches handed out medals at the end to the French (gold), Australians (Silver) and British (Bronze). VIDEO

In the evening, the couple were invited to attend a reception celebrating the Invictus Games at Sydney Opera House right before the opening ceremony. The Duke of Sussex celebrated the warriors in attendance and delivered a very powerful speech. The Duke & Duchess sat next to the Governor-General of Australia Sir. Peter Cosgrove and Lieutenant General Peter Leahy AC. You can watch the entire ceremony here.

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia – Day 4: Sydney

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex are back in Sydney for a few days as the Invictus Games will begin on Saturday ! They began their day at Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most famous beaches, for a ‘Fluro Friday’ session with OneWave. OneWave is surfing community focussing on subjects like depression, anxiety, and being bipolar. Harry & Meghan joined an ‘anti-bad vibes’ circle and shared their experience with mental health before watching some surfers. Then they greeted the public before leaving the beach. Baby Sussex again received lots of gifts. VIDEO

For their next engagement the couple decided to surprise students from the Macarthur Girls High School in western Sydney. Their first watched girls perform a dance routine named ‘The Power of Love’. Then they entered the school’s library to talk with the students about their Year Nine Project, in which they are investigating issues of social justice such as women and female empowerment. VIDEO

Meghan didn’t join Harry on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to fly the Invictus Games Flag, but they reunited to meet with the Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and his wife at Admiralty House, before popping next door at Kirribilli House and meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife. VIDEO

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia – Day 3: Melbourne

The Royal Tour of Oceana continues with 6 engagements in the city of Melbourne. Harry and Meghan began their visit by greeting the crowds on their arrival at Government House. A little boy named Gavin offered Meghan a necklace which she put on right away; she also got other goodies. The couple were about 20 minutes late because of a truck that lost its load on the highway. VIDEO

While at Government House, Harry and Meghan attended a reception hosted by the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau. They met Young Leaders from the State of Victoria, and indulged in sports such as Australian Rules Football. They also got to play with a racing circuit. VIDEO

Their next stop was a restaurant in Fitzroy named Charcoal Lane, where Their Royal Highnesses first viewed a mural which pays tribute to the Aboriginal identity of Fitzroy. They also joined a cooking session with young people involved in the Mission Australia training programme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Meghan then changed outfits before leaving the restaurant. VIDEO

The Duke and Duchess then visited Albert Park Primary School, where they got a warm reception. They visited the school’s Paradise garden and learnt more about their compost bins, their worm farm and vegetable garden. VIDEO

After leaving the school, the couple took a tram to go to South Melbourne Beach. During the ride, they talked with pupils who were heading back to school. VIDEO

Finally The Duke & Duchess ended their day at South Melbourne Beach, where they met with a Beach Patrol clean team, as well as Lifeguards. The Beach Patrol not only cleans the beach, they also raise awareness on the issue of plastic and its consequences on the environment and the oceans. VIDEO

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex visit Australia: Day 2, Dubbo

The Royal Tour of Oceania continues with a day of engagements in the town of Dubbo, located in New South Wales. Dubbo is a city thas has been affected for the past few years by drought. Funnily enough, Harry & Meghan brought with them the British rain as it started pouring in the afternoon. Harry and Meghan were first greeted upon their arrival at the airport by many children waiting to meet them as well as the Mayor Ben Shields. They got pretty cozy with 5 year old Luke Vincent, who kept tickling his beard. VIDEO

The first stop of the day was at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base, which is located right in Dubbo Airport. The couple got to discuss with doctors and witness first-hand a simulation of woman in labour, as well as a baby mannequin in an incubator. Harry and Meghan have also unveiled a brand new aircraft to celebrate the RDNS’s 90th anniversary. The team gave Harry & Meghan a pilot teddy bear for Babby Sussex when they left. VIDEO

The second engagement happened at Mountain View Farm, the property of The Woodleys. The farm was badly hit by the drought and the Sussexes got to learn and understand the hardships they face. They also helped feed the cattle before enjoying some tea. For the occasion, Meghan baked a banana bread the night before at Admiralty House. VIDEO

For lunch, Meghan & Harry attended a picnic/barbecue at Victoria Park and engaged in various activites. Harry made a speech, which you can read here, and because it was heavily raining, Meghan decided to hold his umbrella for him. VIDEO

For their final engagement, Harry and Meghan went to Dubbo Senior College, where they separated in groups of two with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Meghan with the girls, Harry with the boys. They were supposed to play netball, but because of the rain, it didn’t happen. VIDEO

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