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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 2: Wellington

The Royal Tour of Oceania continues in Wellington, New Zealand ! In the morning, Harry and Meghan visited a popular café in the city, the Maranui Café. They met with young New Zealanders from organisations which focus on mental health, such as Voices of Hope. They also met another Queen’s Young Leader, Ezekiel Raui, who founded Te Kotahi, a peer-support programme, after he himself experienced youth suicides at his high school. Upon departure, the couple stopped to meet young children who were waiting outside. The Duchess also asked that leftovers from their breakfast be served to the children. VIDEO

They then departed Wellington by helicopter to head to the Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. On their arrival, they were treated to a welcome ceremony with Maori people and performed hongis. Even with the rain, Harry & Meghan took part in a trail walk with a park ranger who discussed environment and the park’s conversation programmes. VIDEO

Their final engagement of the day happened at Courtenay Creative, a space to connect, collaborate and cultivate. Harry and Meghan, who were welcomed by an orc from Lord of the Rings, as well as vikings, met with young students and professionals from the film and creative industry. Most of them were in costume as they work in behind the scenes sections of the industry. VIDEO

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 1: Wellington

The Royal visit to Australia is now over! Harry and Meghan departed Sydney Airport on Sunday morning with the Invictus Games NZ Team on board of the Royal New Zealand Air Force for Wellington. Representatives of the Australian goverment paid their respects and official goodbyes to Their Royal Highnesses before they boarded the plane.

A few hours later, they arrived at Wellington International Airport and were greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (who became this year the first New Zealander PM to give birth while in office). Harry & Meghan posed for an official photo with the IG team before departing the airport.

New Zealanders performed a traditional welcome ceremony at Government House for TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan were greeted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, and received ‘hongis’ from Maori people. They watched traditional haka performances as well as a 21-gun salute from guards who were then inspected by Harry per tradition. VIDEO

Harry and Meghan visited the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to lay a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, before seing the newly-unveiled UK War Memorial in the park. Harry was presented with a Badge in Gold, New Zealand’s highest military honor for his work with injured veterans. Following the wreath-laying ceremony, the couple greeted the public during a walkabout in front of the memorial. VIDEOVIDEO

In the evening, Harry and Meghan had a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Leader of Opposition Simon Bridges at Government House. Then they attended a reception hosted by the Governor-General to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand. New Zealand became then the first country to give women the right to vote. The Duchess of Sussex made a speech on the importance of human rights, what having the right to vote represents for women and her. It’s an incredibly inspirational speech which you can watch below and read here. VIDEO

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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 Tonga – Day 2: Nuku’alofa

Harry and Meghan had a packed morning of engagements for their last day in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. They began their day at St. George Goverment Building, where they met Prime Minister S. Akilisi Pohiva and other members of the Togan Cabinet. Upon their arrival, they were greeted by young children who seemed very excited to meet them. VIDEO

The Duke & Duchess then visited an exhibition of Tongan handicrafts at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre. They were joined by Princess Angelika of Tonga and received a traditional outfit named ta’ovala (a garland skirt) as a gift. They watched a dance performance before touring the centre.

After a change of outfits, the couple visited Tupou College, in particular the Toloa Forest Reserve, to unveil the new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Harry went inside the forest while Meghan stayed in the college and watched boys perform a dance/song about mosquitoes which made her cry of laughter. The couple also met some parrots which were released later that day in the forest. A reminder that Meghan avoids forests because of Zika concerns. VIDEO

Harry and Meghan ended the day with an official farewell at the Royal Palace with King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho. Then they departed Tonga for Sydney, Australia, to close the Invictus Games tomorrow night. VIDEO

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