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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour of the Pacific: Full Schedule released

Kensington Palace has finally released the full schedule of Harry and Meghan’s upcoming tour of Australia, Fiji, The Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand. This is gonna be a very packed 16 days!

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand between Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 31st October.

Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Commonwealth Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective Governments, and Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This will be The Duke and Duchess’s first joint visit to these four countries.

Across this sixteen day tour, Their Royal Highnesses’ programme will focus on youth leadership, and projects being undertaken by young people to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the region. The Duke is particularly keen to highlight these youth-led initiatives in his new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, and to shine a light on the work and aspirations of young people across the Commonwealth.

The visit will also concentrate on environmental and conservation efforts, from engaging the local community in forest protection schemes in Colo-i-Suva, to the promotion of sustainable tourism on Fraser Island. The Duke and Duchess will dedicate a number of projects to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy in each country, learning more about local conservation initiatives, whilst visiting some of the region’s most beautiful landscapes.

A major focus for Their Royal Highnesses will also be the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. The Duke and Duchess are excited to see Sydney fully embrace the Invictus spirit, and to support the competitors as they compete across a range of sports at some of the city’s most iconic venues. This year’s Games will emphasise the integral role played by servicemen and women’s family and friends, and Their Royal Highnesses will spend time with a number of the competitors’ supporters as they cheer them on from the side-lines.

There is a long history of friendship between The Royal Family and Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, and their links with the UK are extensive. The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to experiencing the unique cultures and customs of these four Commonwealth countries, and have asked that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Australians, Fijians, Tongans and New Zealanders as possible. Together they look forward to building an enduring relationship with the people of the region.
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The Duchess of Sussex reveals ‘Something Blue’ was stitched to her wedding dress

Meghan discussed her wedding dress in the new documentary ‘Queen of The World’, which will air on September 25th on ITV at 9:15pm UK Time.

SKY NEWS – The Duchess of Sussex has looked back to the “magical day” of her wedding and shared personal details about her gown and veil.

Following the bride’s tradition of having something old, new, borrowed and blue, Meghan revealed her “something blue” was from her first romantic encounter with Prince Harry.

Stitched somewhere inside her wedding dress, she said: “It’s fabric from the dress that I wore on our first date.”

Meghan made her comments in a new ITV documentary, Queen of the World, when she was reunited with her bridal outfit at Buckingham Palace as it is prepared for a new exhibition.

“It’s nice to see it again. It’s beautiful,” she remarked.

The duchess only saw her completed five-metre long veil – embroidered with flowers from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations – on the day she married, having trusted designer Clare Waight Keller.

Speaking about the elaborate silk veil, Meghan said: “It was important for me, especially now being a part of the Royal Family, to have all 53 of the Commonwealth countries incorporated, and I knew that it would be a fun surprise as well for my now husband, who didn’t know, and he was really over the moon to find out that I would make this choice for our day together.

“And I think the other members of the family had a similar reaction, and just appreciation for the fact that we understand how important this is for us and the role that we play, and the work that we’re going to continue to do within the Commonwealth countries.”

Meghan and Harry will begin their first major Commonwealth tour in October travelling to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.

Looking ahead to the trip, the duchess said: “You know, it’s such an exciting time for us, especially with Harry’s role as Youth Ambassador for the Commonwealth and the travel that we intend to do, to do work specifically in all those different territories.

“Which is why it was so important to have some sort of example of that present with us on the (wedding) day, 53 countries as well, my goodness, It’ll keep us busy.”

Photos @ Oxford Films / ITV

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to give interview in a documentary about The Queen

ITV News has announced that Meghan will be featured in a new documentary about Queen Elizabeth II, ‘Queen of The World’ in September.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will feature in a new documentary about the Queen’s role on the world stage.

The newlyweds will appear alongside other members of the Royal Family as they build on the Queen’s connections with the countries of the Commonwealth.

Harry and Meghan – now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – will embark on their first Commonwealth tour in October when they visit Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

The Duchess speaks in the ITV documentary, Queen of the World, about her wedding dress and her early interactions with the Commonwealth, which means so much to her grandmother-in-law.

Meghan had the national flowers of all the 53 members of the Commonwealth embroidered into her long veil in May when she married Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

It was more than 70 years after the Queen had the symbols of the then eight Commonwealth countries sewn into her wedding gown.

The two-part programme was also given behind the scenes access to film moments with Harry’s brother, Prince William as well as Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

Earlier this year, the Queen welcomed the leaders of the Commonwealth countries to a summit in London in what was, in all likelihood, the last time she will act as their host.

She has overseen the growth of the Commonwealth which grew from the fall of the British Empire after the Second World War.

The Prince of Wales has now been confirmed as the organisation’s next Head, when he becomes King.

The Queen has travelled more widely and met more world leaders than any other Monarch in British history.

In fact, by the time of her last overseas visit to Malta in 2015, she had flown the equivalent of 42 times around the globe, taking in 120 different countries.

It means her impact on Britain’s standing on the world stage has been a significant one over her 66 year reign.

But after giving up international travel, the Queen now hopes her grandchildren, including the newest royal – the Duchess of Sussex, will carry on her work in and with the Commonwealth.
Queen of the World will be on ITV in September

Source: ITV News

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s wedding outfits to go on display

The public will have the opportunity to see Meghan’s dress and a replica of Harry’s uniform at Windsor Castle and at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in 2018 & 2019.

From 26 October 2018 to 6 January 2019, A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will form part of your visit to Windsor Castle. This special exhibition will feature the wedding outfits worn by the couple at their wedding in May 2018.

The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was created by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. The Duchess chose Ms Waight Keller for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, and for the impeccable tailoring of her creations. The Duchess and Ms Waight Keller worked closely together on the design.

The Duke of Sussex’s wedding outfit was the frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the ‘Blues and Royals’), made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. As the uniform specially commissioned for the occasion is required for use by His Royal Highness, an identical uniform made for The Duke by Dege & Skinner a few years earlier will be displayed.

The dress is made from an exclusive double-bonded silk cady, developed by Ms Waight Keller following extensive research in fabric mills throughout Europe. True to the heritage of the House of Givenchy, the graceful lines of the dress were achieved using six meticulously placed seams. These extend towards the back of the dress, where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. One of the main features of the dress is the boat neckline bodice.

The five-metre-long veil is made from silk tulle and embroidered with the flora of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, a reference to an important part of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official work following His Royal Highness’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

The Duchess added two of her favourite flowers to the embroidered decoration: Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), the State flower of The Duchess’s place of birth, California. Embroidered ears of wheat, symbolising love and charity, are symmetrically placed at the front of the veil, which is edged with embroidered organza flowers.

Source: Royal Collection Trust

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to visit Ireland next month

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Harry and Meghan are expected to visit Ireland for two days of engagements, beginning on Friday, July 13.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to visit Ireland in the middle of next month, very likely around Friday, July 13.

Preparations are continuing for Prince Harry and Meghan to visit, less than two months after their wedding on May 19. Sources say they are likely to take part in a series of engagements over the course of two days.

It will be a second royal visit of the summer, as Prince Charles and wife Camilla are expected in Cork later this week for a three-day visit which will also include visits to Kerry.

Officials hope the publicity around these visits may prove helpful in Anglo-Irish relations at a time when Brexit has created a considerable strain between the two governments.

The British Embassy has so far remained tight-lipped about the arrangements.

Harry has never visited the Republic before, but Meghan spent time there as an ambassador for the One Young World summit in 2014.

This would be the Duchess’ second visit to Ireland. In 2014, she attended the One Young World summit in Dublin. You can find photos of the summit in our gallery. Earlier this year, in March, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Northern Ireland for a day of engagements.

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