2018 Oct 16

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex visit Australia: Day 1, Sydney

The Royal Tour of Oceania has finally begun for Harry & Meghan with Sydney ! Following their pregnancy news, the parents-to-be began a day packed of engagements in the Australian city.

Bright and early, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex were formally welcomed at Admiralty House by the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne, as well as the representatives of each country taking part in the Invictus Games. They were gifted Akubra hats, and two items for Baby Sussex: a stuffed kangaroo and baby uggs, which Harry seemed really happy to receive (these are not the only gifts they received for their baby that day). VIDEOVIDEO

The couple then visited Taronga Zoo, where they opened the new Institute of Science and Learning. The Institute is a living laboratory for conservation education and scientific investigation, built to empower the scientists of tomorrow. The Duke & Duchess unveiled a plaque and cut the ribbon, making the Insitute official open for the public. Harry and Meghan got to spend some time with koalas and a short-legged echinda. VIDEO

They then left the zoo in a boat which sailed through Sydney Harbour, heading to Sydney Opera House. Sydney harbour is mostly famous because of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which The Duke will climb on Friday to fly the flag of the Invictus Games. For this little journey, Meghan decided to ditch her heels and wore flats.

Upon arriving at Sydney Opera House, Harry and Meghan got to watch a rehearsal of ‘Spring 2018’ by the Bangarra Dance Theatre, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company. They then met well-wishers who were waiting outside. Harry presented Daphne Dunne to Meghan. Daphne is an 98 year old woman and widow of Lieutenant Albert Chowne who died during during World War II, and has met Harry twice before in 2015 and 2017. It seems Meghan was fully aware of who she was as she mentionned that she’d heard so much about her from Harry. VIDEO

Harry and Meghan returned to Admiralty House for their final engagement of the day, as they attended a reception hosted by the Governor-General. Harry made a speech and mentionned for the first time Baby Sussex ! Meghan got to talk with Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins, her partner Dan Lee and their 9 week old daughter Luna. VIDEO

While I won’t mention what Meghan was wearing – she was positively glowing though – I would like to point out that Meghan was wearing a bracelet and butterfly earrings which belonged to her mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales.