Australia is preparing to welcome Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan Markle just days after Princess Eugenie tied the knot in a lavish ceremony.
The royal couple are expected to touch down in Sydney in a low-key arrival with the first of their 76 engagements across Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand to begin on Tuesday.
Harry and Meghan, who became the Duchess of Sussex when she married the royal redhead in May, will visit Sydney, Dubbo, Melbourne and Queensland’s Fraser Island as part of the couple’s first major royal tour.
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.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to touch down in Australia this morning as part of their first international tour! 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/0F0g5ZUSr7
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) October 14, 2018