Exciting news for Royal watchers… the official itinerary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s trip down under has been released.
In just eleven days, Prince Harry and Meghan will touch down in Australia to begin their tour of our country.
Whilst we already knew where they were going to visit (Sydney, Dubbo, Fraser Island, Melbourne) it’s now been revealed exactly what they’re going to get up to!
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In a statement released overnight, Kensington Palace confirmed that the Governor-General of Australia’s home in Sydney would be the first stop for the couple on Tuesday, October 16.
They will then travel to Taronga Zoo to officially open the new Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, where they will get to meet two koalas and their joeys along with female conservation scientists who are working on efforts to reduce illegal wildlife trafficking.
Later that day, the royal couple will visit the Sydney Opera House to view a performance by the Bangarra Dance Theatre.
The following morning, October 17, The Duke and Duchess will fly to the town of Dubbo where they will spend time with the Royal Flying Doctor Service before visiting a property suffering from drought. They will then head to Victoria Park to enjoy a picnic in the park with the community and visit a local school.
On October 18, their Royal Highnesses will fly to Melbourne where the day will begin with a short walk to Government House, meeting members of the public along the way, before attending an official Reception at Government House.
Next up, Harry and Meghan will visit a social enterprise café which offers training programmes for young Aboriginal people, before attending a primary school.
That afternoon, the royal couple will hop on a Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach, where they will meet volunteers from a local beach patrol programme.
On October 19, the Duke and Duchess will head back to Sydney to visit Bondi Beach before the Duke will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag, marking the arrival of the Invictus Games to Sydney.
On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, Their Royal Highnesses will enjoy the Invictus Games before jet-setting off to Queensland’s Fraser Island where they will take part in a traditional Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony.
The Duke and Duchess will also visit one of Fraser Island’s iconic lakes and will travel by boat to Kingfisher Bay.
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The couple will then travel to Fiji and Tonga before returning to Sydney for one day on Saturday October 27.
During that time, Harry and Meghan will attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards as well as the last day of the Invictus Games
“Their Royal Highnesses will spend the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals at the Quay Centre, before attending the Closing Ceremony that evening at Qudos Bank Arena,” Kensington Palace said.
“The event, at which both The Duke and Duchess will speak, promises to be a celebration of the outstanding achievements and inspiring spirit of the Invictus Games competitors.”
The following morning, the much-loved couple will then depart for their four-day visit to New Zealand before returning home to London.