Category: Invictus Games

2018 Oct 27

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

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

2018 Oct 21

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

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.

2018 Oct 20

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

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.

2018 Oct 04

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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2018 Apr 21

Meghan Markle Attends The Invictus Games Reception

Meghan Markle Attends The Invictus Games Reception

Earlier today, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended a reception for the forthcoming Invictus Games, which Sydney will host this October. They were joined by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy.
During this reception, they’ve learned about the plans for the upcoming games, and they were presented with the official jackets.

While it’s not been confirmed by Kensington Palace, it is expected that Meghan goes to Sydney for the Invictus Games this October with Prince Harry.