Duke and Duchess of Sussex Complete Their First Royal Tour

  October 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm by

October 31 marked the last day of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour across the Southern Hemisphere to Australia, the Fiji Islands, Tonga and New Zealand.

The tour began in Australia on October 15, which was welcomed with the exciting news that the couple were expecting their first child, which is due next spring. During their time in Sydney, they visited Taronga Zoo and received a stuffed kangaroo and a baby pair of Ugg boots upon their arrival. They also visited Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera house. The couple opened the Invitcus Games in Sydney, which was started by Prince Harry in 2014. Their second day of the tour found them in Dubbo, where Harry made a speech at Victoria Park. On the third day, they visited Melbourne, where they visited an event for the This Girl Can programme. They spent the remainder of their time in Australia in Sydney before they went on to Fraser Island on the last day, where they met members of the Aboriginal community.

During their time in Fiji, they headed to Suva and Nadi, where they visited organisations who were combatting the Zika mosquito virus, as Fiji is one of the nations at risk of carrying Zika. They were also welcomed by the Prime Minister of Fiji and his wife, and also waved from the balcony of the Grand Pacific Hotel, which the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had also done in 1953.

Then, the couple headed off to Tonga, where they received a formal welcome by the King and Queen. In the evening, they were presented with traditional dances by Tongan dancers.

On their first day of their visit to New Zealand, they landed in Wellington, where they were greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. They then visited the Pukeahu War Memorial and then celebrated 125 years of female suffrage in the country at the Government House. On the second day, they met with young people at a mental health centre in Wellington, and also visited the Abel Tasman National Park. This was followed by the third day which was spent in Auckland, where they visited Redvale and attended an event for the charity Pillars, which supports children with imprisoned parents. They then visited Viaduct Harbour. Their last day was spent in Rotorua, where they were greeted by the Maori community and then went to Rainbow Springs, the Government Gardens and Redwood Treewalk.

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