After this morning’s ANZAC Memorial service the Duke and Duchess changed clothes and headed to Cockatoo Island for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.
They were welcomed to the island by Jaguar Landrover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth and Director Lorraine Rogers, as well as Invictus Games Foundation Chairman Sir Keith Mills, and CEO Dominic Reid, seen below.
Located in Sydney Harbour, the island “…was once one of Australia’s biggest shipyards, operating between 1857 and 1991” according to Forces Net. The driving competition is one of the few events that are not being held at Olympic Park.
Before the main event got underway there was time for driving on a different scale.
Carolyn Durand tweeted a video of the Duke and others playing with remote-controlled vehicles.
What an amazing day for all the @WeAreInvictus @InvictusSydney competitors and the kids with #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle at Jaguar Landrover Driving Challenge. They are going to be amazing parents pic.twitter.com/nBj1uLo0DS
— Carolyn Durand (@CarolynDurand) October 20, 2018
The Daily Mail has more in this story.
The royal couple also took time out to play with remote control cars alongside children from different countries who travelled to the event with the athletes.
Harry appeared to have a barrel of fun driving the cars across the uneven grass off to one side of the course, laughing, smiling, and sometimes gesturing his arms in frustration.
Then it was time for the main event.
Quoting from our post previewing tour highlights: “The challenge involves driving through a slalom challenge course of ’Jaguar Smart Cones’ and other maneuvers. More on how it works from the Invictus 2017 site:
Each driver has a teammate and cameras to help navigate the course, while some vehicles are equipped with hand controls to enable competitors with physical disabilities to take part.
From The Daily Telegraph:
Three courses put both drivers through their paces, requiring them to park in a series of marked squares the exact dimensions of the car, drive through two feet of water while squeezing through tight slalom gates, and speed through a randomly generated course indicated by flashing lights.
Australian Craig McGrath, who competed in the driving challenge, was overwhelmed with emotion describing his journey with the support of his family and friends.
For the first event of the 2018 Invictus Games, McGrath competed with teammate Scott Reynolds.
“I was just so happy they could come in and see, just to come and watch,” Craig told AAP.
Prince Harry awarding medals. From a Forces Network story:
Team UK are off to a flying start at the Invictus games as team Captain Dot Perkins and Daniel Bingley have won bronze medals.
The pair competed in the Jaguar Landrover Driving Challenge, which test the drivers navigational skills.
The French team won gold and team Australia came in second.
The opening ceremony is just hours away; it is being held at the Sydney Opera House. Below, Prince Harry practicing his speech for tonight.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore this afternoon.
Her jacket is by Altuzarra, the brand’s “Acacia” style. The Acacia is an Altuzarra mainstay, offered in different fabrics and with different design elements. We have not been able to find the garment in the white Meghan wore today, and are showing it above in a stretch wool so you can see the details, especially the flared pleat at the back.
We believe Meghan wore the style in black at the Well Child Awards in September.
That style is still available in limited sizes at Neiman Marcus, but it does not have the hi-low hem we see with the jacket worn today.
We haven’t been able to locate Meghan’s shirt. It is a woven piece, not a knit, and it isn’t available at the online source for Invictus merchandise, Rebel Sport.
We’re guessing its is a style for team members or Foundation staff. If we do discover a place to purchase the shirt we will update the post with information and links.
The Duchess had on the Tabitha Simmons Millie Slingbacks ($695) we first saw at this morning’s service.
Meghan had on new rings that we have not yet identified. They are similar to several Pippa Small styles, as well as Monica Vinader pieces, but we haven’t found an exact match.
Kensington Palace posted a video of the medals being awarded.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 20, 2018
Here is our graphic look at what Meghan wore for today’s event on Cockatoo Island.
We’ll leave you with a photo of Prince Harry practicing his speech for tonight’s opening ceremony.
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