More from Stephanie Petit’s People story.
…the pair headed to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the center’s kiwi breeding initiative. Kiwis, which are New Zealand’s national bird, have become increasingly endangered in recent years, as most chicks struggle to survive in the wild. Meghan and Harry met conservationists working to protect the species.
The duo was also asked to come up with names for two chicks.
The choices: ‘Tihei,’ the Māori word for sneeze, and ‘Koha,’ which means gift.
Then it was time for the walkabout. You can see from Andrew Hough’s picture there was quite a crowd.
Meghan and Harry arriving for the walkabout.
— Ryan (@strewnryan) October 31, 2018
People had been waiting for hours for a chance to see the couple.
Harry always appears very much at ease in walkabouts.
Natalie Oliveri has been lovely this week, allowing us to share some of her Twitter photos with all of you, like this one.
Lots of people had gifts for Meghan and Harry.
Below you see Meghan with Catalina Rivera.
More about her via The New Zealand Herald:
One little girl was allowed past the barriers and gave Meghan a hug. Two year old Catalina Rivera said she was “very happy” to get a hug from Meghan.
The tot arrived with her mum Mercedes Dr Rivera and their Rotorua friend Bianca Alvarez at 12pm to nab a front row spot.
Alvarez said she had always loved Princess Diana and her children.
You can also see Catalina in this 1:11 ITV video with walkabout highlights.
“Whose child is this?” Prince Harry had to deal with a stray toddler on the final walkabout of the royal tour – while Meghan gave a big hug to one youngster who slipped through the railings https://t.co/pAZDjflq2w pic.twitter.com/f5FrrKYQdb
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 31, 2018
Harry’s energy never seemed to flag.
Nor did Meghan’s.
They both seem to connect very well with people in the crowds.
The 76th, and the final engagement of the of the tour, was a visit to the
The newlyweds, who are expecting their first child this spring, headed to the Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua on Wednesday for a journey along the walkway of suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees. As they explored the forest, they learned more about its history.
The forest is also the home to a thriving mountain biking community that draws people of all ages to the Redwoods. Meghan and Harry met invited representatives of the local biking community under the forest canopy.
It looks breathtaking.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore during these last two engagements of the trip. For the Nature Park and walkabout she changed into a Givenchy top just like one worn in Dublin in July, but in a different color. Heaven recognized the top right away.
Meghan’s skirt is from the pre-fall 2018 collection, done in shades of blue,black and indigo.
UPDATE OCT 31 11PM
Since publishing the post this morning there has been lots of chatter about the perception the Givenchy skirt is sheer. When we both had some sleep and looked at photos we initially thought, “Whoa! What is up with the skirt?!” We’re not entirely sure what is going on; it’s possible the line we’re seeing in some shots is an undergarment. We all know that even when trying to consider every contingency, some things are not going to show up in the lighting of an atelier that are only noticeable in direct, peak sunlight. When a knit fabric is stretched or is more tautly pulled it will allow more light through.
We do not think the skirt itself is sheer. It is clearly a fairly thick, heavy weight knit. When the pleats are stitched down on the upper portion of the skirt you do not see the lighter blue color. When the pleats open up and move freely the integration of the lighter blue color makes the skirt appear lighter. Below right, a pleated Givenchy skirt from the 1970s that Michelle of Perths Fashion discovered; it may well be the skirt Meghan’s is modeled upon. It has the same effect: you don’t see the ivory or cream fabric at the upper portion of the skirt where the pleats are stitched down. When the pleats open up and you see the ivory with the other colors it looks like a lighter piece.
We expect there may be more discussion of the topic and we may learn more in the days to come. In the process of exploring the fabric and pleat usage in Meghan’s skirt we did love seeing the 1970s version that Michelle showed us!
Meghan changed into jeans and flats for the Redwood Treewalk, but kept the Givenchy top on. The jeans look like they *might* be the pair worn yesterday, J Crew’s Toothpick style in the brand’s ‘charcoal’ wash ($128, take 30% off with promo code FLASH). Meghan also had on her Birdies Blackbird slippers.
Throughout the day the Duchess wore her Boh Runga Discologo earrings; they were a gift from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Meghan brought back her Birdie’s Slippers for the Redwoods Treewalk. Her style is the original ‘Blackbird’ which were replaced this fall with a newer version from the brand, The Starling, $120.
Below a few photos of Meghan in the ‘Blackbird’ version of the slippers from 2016.
The new version is a black velvet with quilted lining and a slight raised heel.
Susan C. owns a few pair of Birdies slippers. You can read her review of them here.
- 76 engagements
- 41 outfits
- 16 days
- 10 cities/towns
- 4 countries
That is some serious royal touring! Does it seem like it was a long time ago to you that we learned Meghan and Harry are expecting their first child, and then, boom, the tour was underway? Following this first Sussex tour has been exciting and exhausting, and very educational. More than anything it has been fun. Connecting with you has made it worth the sleep deprivation, the angst about getting posts published, and trying to stay a step ahead of the chaos. Thank you for being so tolerant of the typos, the slower-than-hoped publishing times, and any other hiccups we stumbled over along the way!
The Governor-General’s office put together 45-seconds of today’s activities.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex finished their Royal Tour of NZ today, in Rotorua. They named kiwi chicks, walked amongst the trees at Red Woods and met the public at Government Gardens. It was a very special end to their 16 day tour. Thank you @kensingtonroyal #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/hzwqgdUHDI
— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) October 31, 2018
The Morning Show has 5+ minutes from the ceremonies and events this morning.
The Royal Family Channel has 3+ minutes from the walkabout.