“Enjoy a little piece of Outback Queensland”. That’s the special message the Sunshine State is sending to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their whirlwind tour of Queensland.
Prince Harry and pregnant wife Meghan will touch down on Monday for a quick visit to Fraser Island, which is expected to generate around $6 million in tourism exposure for the area.
The Premier has today confirmed, the gift Queensland will present to the couple, who are expecting their first child next year.
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A cuddly, hand-made Tambo Teddy sporting a green polka-dot bow (see photos below), will be handed to the newlyweds to take home for their baby.
In a statement released on Saturday, Annastacia Palaszczuk explained how it was a ‘tradition’, with Prince William and Kate’s two eldest children each gifted one, which sparked a rush of orders.
“Tambo Teddies are much loved and admired in homes all over the world and has made Queensland’s little town of Tambo, with its 345 residents, the outback Teddy capital of Australia,” the release explains.
Premier Palaszczuk said giving Harry and Meghan a Tambo Teddy was a reminder of the importance of Queensland’s fine wool industry and how much the western parts of Queensland have suffered too from years of unrelenting drought.
“Tambo Teddies are also proof positive of the resilience of Queenslanders and how they overcome tough times backing themselves and an Australian made product,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“25 years ago, the tiny community of Tambo was again in the grip of drought and locals came up with the idea of making Teddy Bears crafted from 100% woollen sheepskin to create more employment in the town.
“The cottage industry venture has been an outstanding success. Orders come from all over to purchase a cuddly gift, lovingly handmade in outback Queensland.
“All my nieces and my nephew love their Tambo Teddys. The little woollen bears can take a lot of cuddling and wear and tear and I’m sure Harry and Meghan’s first child will give it just as much love and affection.”