The Duchess Wears Roksanda for Sydney School Visit UPDATED
From The Australian’s story about the school visit:
They arrived at Macarthur Girls school in Parramatta shortly after HSC students had finished an exam, and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was the warm up act.
“Most of you would probably have got up this morning, got ready for school and turned up thinking it was going to be a normal day at Macarthur Girls School. Is that right?” she told a special outdoor assembly.
..the whole school erupted in shrieks and cheers as Harry and Meghan walked into the assembly.
In this quick video of their arrival, the students really do sound excited.
Safe to say that #harryandmeghan turning up at MacArthur Girls High school in west Sydney was quite a surprise to the students!! Listen to the screams! Meghan changed into the Roksanda ‘Athena’ dress (hope it brought her wisdom…) pic.twitter.com/4DrQ811cF2
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 19, 2018
In this photo I *think* the Duke and Duchess are being welcomed to the school.
We return to The Australian’s coverage:
A group of dancers first entertained their loved-up royal guests with a dance to the Frankie Goes To Hollywood version of The Power of Love.
💃 A beautiful performance at Macarthur Girls High school, which The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are visiting to to see their inspirational work being done by students in human rights, social justice and women’s empowerment. #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/eu4xhLDm4z
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 19, 2018
Kensington Palace says the Duke and Duchess were visiting the school “…to see the inspirational work being done by students in human rights, social justice and women’s empowerment.” Below left you see NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
From The Daily Mirror’s story:
At a visit to Macarthur Girls High School, Meghan told how her upbringing at an all-girls school and her first job “taking out the trash” had made her the person she is today.
The royal couple spoke to teenagers about equality, and the duchess said she felt “emotional” hearing their passionate views.
More of Meghan’s comments via this Telegraph story:
“You guys all remind me so much of myself when I was growing up,” the Duchess, who has been a long-term advocate for women’s rights, told 14-year-old girls. “I went to an all girls school which was incredibly diverse as well.
“I think being around such empowered young women, it becomes something that you all just grasp onto to understand your world.
“It’s made you confident, well-spoken. You have an intention set to really do something to change the world, and you have to keep it up.
“It makes me so emotional. You’re doing really, really good work and I’m so happy that we’re here. We give you our full support.”
The school works with the National Rugby League’s In League In Harmony program. More from the NRL:
The In League In Harmony program aims to promote social cohesion by addressing issues such as social disengagement, racism, gender inequality and bullying and empowering youth to be agents of change in a bid to create a more cohesive and inclusive society.
The couple meeting administrators at the school.
Now to Meghan’s look for the school visit. She was in a Roksanda Ilincic dress, the Athena style.
The navy and light blue dress is a poly crepe with a touch of Elastane for stretch and comfort. The A-line piece is a simple cut, with an exposed back zipper and full skirt. It is available at Net-a-Porter in limited sizing ($1850); at Harrods the dress is much less expensive, $1470. Another thank you to the inimitable Laura for her dress ID.
Meghan wore her Stuart Weitzman ‘Legend’ heels in the ‘haze’ colorway ($375). We show the shoes below when Meghan wore them for engagements on Tuesday.
We saw the return of Meghan’s Birks ‘Bee Chic’ Blue Topaz earrings.
Meghan’s hair was partially up and pulled back.
More from ITV’s story:
The Duke of Sussex, along with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and three Invictus athletes took just 13 minutes complete the climb.
Luke Hill, a swimmer, who was deployed to Timor-Leste three times, Captain Ruth Hunt, who will take part in the indoor rowing and swimming, and Peter Rudland, who was deployed to Cambodia, twice to Iraq, twice to Timor-Leste and Afghanistan, and will compete in the cycling and wheelchair rugby, all made their way to the top of the bridge for the flag ceremony.
Also climbing the structure built in 1932, was Gwen Cherne, who is an ambassador for the Games.
The goal: officially raise the Invictus Flag in advance of Saturday’s opening ceremonies.
A quick video.
A stunning shot of the bridge and the Invictus climbers.
Watching today’s climb? 98-year-old Daphne Dunne; we met her on the first day of the tour at the Sydney Opera House.
“He’s my friend.” Daphne Dunne has watched on as Prince Harry climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the @InvictusSydney. @alexhart7 #RoyalVisitAustralia #7News pic.twitter.com/yKP0occFH1
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) October 19, 2018
A closer shot.
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We will see you shortly with coverage of the couple’s evening engagements.
UPDATE: We will not be doing a third post today, there isn’t enough new material to merit a separate post clogging your in-box, especially since Meghan remained in the Roksanda dress for the day’s remaining engagements.
The additional events of the day were two official calls, the first on the Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Bill Shorten and His wife, Chloe Shorten.
We have more from The Camden Courier:
“It was a privilege for Chloe and me to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex this afternoon to discuss their visit to Australia, including the Invictus Games, and their great work in youth mental health,” he tweeted after the visit.
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The meeting was at Admiralty House, where the Duke and Duchess are staying.
The day’s second formal call was at Kirribilli House, the Prime Minister’s secondary official residence (the first is in Australia’s capital of Canberra), where Meghan and Harry were meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny.
Back to the The Camden Courier story:
“This is such a lovely spot,” Prince Harry told the prime minister…”It’s not bad,” Mr Morrison joked.
The Morrison’s young daughters, Abbey and Lily, waited in a nearby room, no doubt in the hope they’d get to meet a real-life princess.
That wraps up today’s coverage of the royal tour. Here is our graphic look at what Meghan wore.
Tomorrow is an important day, with engagements culminating with the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games.
Of course, you can always check the detailed itinerary right here.