Meghan Markle and Harry’s Commonwealth tour: 56 engagements in 16 days – FULL DETAILS

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Meghan Markle and Harry’s Commonwealth tour: 56 engagements in 16 days – FULL DETAILS

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will kick start their first overseas tour as a royal couple later this month. The pair will visit Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand.

Meghan and Harry will touch down in Australia before embarking on a sixteen day tour of the Commonwealth nations.

Kensington Palace today announced more details of their tour including the Meghan and Harry’s “focus on youth leadership” and “environmental and conservation efforts”.

Meghan and Harry will attend a staggering 56 engagements over the 16-day tour including a visit to Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach and New Zealand’s Rotorua, which is famed for its Maori culture.

Meghan Markle and Harry will see koala at Sydney's Taronga Zoo (Image GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Harry will see koala at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo (Image GETTY)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Australia’s Fraser Island where they will engage with the Colo-i-Suva project, which promotes tourism and they will also dedicate a number of projects to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy in each country,

However, the “major focus” will be the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, an initiative co-created by Prince Harry.

A Kensington Palace statement said: “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.

“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.”

Day 1 – Sydney, Australia

Meghan and Harry will visit Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia, where they will meet with representative from the 18 countries who are participating in the Invictus Games

Meghan and Harry will then officially open the new Taronga Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo

The Duke and Duchess will travel across Sydney Harbour to the Sydney Opera House where they will be treated to a rehearsal of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theatre
Meghan and Harry will then walk along the Opera House forecourt, where they will meet members of the public

Reception hosted by the Governor-General at Admiralty House attended by Australians from a broad range of sectors

Day 2 – Dubbo, Australia

Meghan and Harry will visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the rural city
Picnic in Victoria Park – the public are invited to attend and Prince Harry will a speech
The Duke and Duchess will then visit a local school
Day 3 – Melbourne, Australia

Meghan Markleand Prince Harry will kicks start their Commonwealth tour in Sydney, Australia (Image GETTY)
Meghan Markleand Prince Harry will kicks start their Commonwealth tour in Sydney, Australia (Image GETTY)

Meghan and Harry will meet members of the public before attending a reception at Government House

The Duke and Duchess will visit a social enterprise café which offers training programmes for young Aboriginal people
The Duke and Duchess will then visit a primary school
Meghan and Harry will travel on an Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach

Meghan and Harry will attend a staggering 56 engagements over the 16-day tour (Image GETTY)
Meghan and Harry will attend a staggering 56 engagements over the 16-day tour (Image GETTY)

Day 4 – Sydney, Australia

Meghan and Harry will visit Bondi Beach where they will meet local surfing community group OneWave and members of the public
The Duke and Duchess will also take part in a youth advocate programme – more details to be announced
Prince Harry and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag
Meghan and Harry will conclude the day with visits to the Leader of the Opposition at Admiralty House and the Prime Minister at Kirribilli House

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will visit iconic site in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand (Image GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will visit iconic site in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand (Image GETTY)

Day 5 – Sydney, Australia

Meghan and Harry will travel by boat to Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island
Reception hosted by the NSW PremierGladys Berejiklian inside the Opera House
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Opening Ceremony where Prince Harry will give a speech

Day 6 – Sydney, Australia

Meghan and Harry will watch some elements of the Invictus Games cycling and sailing
Reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister with Invictus Games competitors and community representatives in The Domain

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kick off their royal tour later this month (Image GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kick off their royal tour later this month (Image GETTY)

Day 7 – Fraser Island, Australia

Meghan and Harry will travel to Fraser Island where they will be met by the Traditional Owners of K’gari, the Butchulla People and the Premier of Queensland
The Duke and Duchess will then travel to one of Fraser Island’s iconic lakes followed by a beach where they will learn about the Island’s history

Source: EXPRESS CO UK