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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia – Day 9: Sydney

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spent their final day in Australia focussed on The Invictus Games ! Harry and Meghan attended this afternoon the Wheelchair Basketball Finals between the Netherlands and the USA. Instead of sitting in their reserved area, they decided to sit in the bleachers with the rest of the crowd. Meghan got to hand the gold medals to her home country as the USA team won the finals. Though one Dutch player managed to steal a kiss from the Duchess upon getting his medal.VIDEOVIDEO

In the evening, the couple attended the closing ceremony at the Qudos Bank Arena. The Duchess got to make a speech about what she witnessed during the Games, what the Games stand for. Meghan mentioned her 2014 USO tour, where she decided to spend her holidays touring army bases in countries such as Italy, Spain or Turkey to spread the holiday cheer with the soldiers. I suggest you listen to it, it’s worth it. MEGHAN’S SPEECH

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia – Day 8: Sydney

Harry and Meghan are back in Sydney ! Following their visit to Tonga, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are back in town for the final day of the Invictus Games. Tomorrow they will attend the wheelchair basketball finals in the afternoon, and the closing ceremony in the evening.

Before that, the couple attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards. The Duchess presented the Young Conservationist of the Year award to Sophia Skarparis, who worked on a campaign to ban plastic bags in New South Wales. Prince Harry accepted an award on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and made a speech. Afterwards the couple met with the winners.

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia – Day 7: Fraser Island

The Royal visit of Australia ended with the couple’s visit to Fraser Island. Fraser Island is the biggest sand land in the world. While it had been announced that Meghan was not going to carry out the previously announced engagements as she needed rest, she decided to join her husband Harry on the last enagement of the day, a walkabout in Kingfisher Bay Jetty. They greeted well-wishers and enjoyed some time together. The couple is now on their wai to Fiji for a three-day visit.

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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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