Just a few days after Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding over in London, Australia is preparing for another royal celebration with newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to begin their tour Down Under.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have officially touched down in Sydney this morning in a low key entrance with their first overseas tour as a royal couple expected to officially begin tomorrow.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) October 14, 2018
Harry and Meghan landed safely just after 6am on an overcast Sydney morning after the long-haul British Airways flight from London.
They have 76 engagements across 16 days in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, which will include Sydney, Dubbo, Melbourne and Queensland’s Fraser Island..
The tour coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney, which runs from October 20-28. The sporting event founded by Prince Harry in 2014 gives sick and injured service personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
The couple will mark the games’ launch and closing ceremony in Sydney.
Harry and Meghan’s tour of Australia is seen as a key one for the royal couple who, during a TV interview to mark their engagement last November, spoke of their desire to promote humanitarian causes close to their hearts across Commonwealth member countries including Australia.
The visit comes six months after Prince Charles made his 16th official visit to Australia, primarily to open the 21st Commonwealth Games on Queensland’s Gold Coast.