Royal Tour 2018
Royal Tour Australia, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand
16th–31st OCTOBER 2018
TUESDAY OCT 30 – AUCKLAND
- After traveling to Auckland, Meghan & Harry will visit the North Shore to dedicate an area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. They will also join children from the ‘Trees in Survival’ group in a ‘welly-wanging’ contest.
- The couple visits Pillars, a charity supporting children who have a parent in prison. As a wedding present to The Duke and Duchess, the Government of New Zealand gifted $5000 dollars to Pillars, and Their Royal Highnesses will have the opportunity to meet some of the children who have directly benefitted from this funding.
- The Duke and Duchess visit the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a reception hosted by the PM at the Auckland War Memorial Museum that will include performances by members of the Pasifika community living in Auckland ages 17 to 25 who are making significant contributions to the wellbeing of their communities.
WEDNESDAY OCT 31 – AUCKLAND/ROTORUA
- TRH visit Rotorua, a town set on Lake Rotorua, renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. The Duke and Duchess will firstly visit Te Papaiouru Marae, for a formal pōwhiri and luncheon in TRH honour.
- Meghan & Harry will then visit Rainbow Springs to learn about the kiwi breeding program; they’ll have the chance to name two kiwi chicks.
- The couple will head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public, then travel to Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua, a 700m-long walkway of suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees.
- Meghan and Harry head back to Auckland that night, before departing for London the following day.
TUESDAY OCT 16 – SYDNEY
- Meghan & Harry start the day at Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove. The Duke & Duchess will meet representatives of the 18 countries taking part in the Invictus Games.
- They will go to the Taronga Zoo where they will officially open the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning; they’ll also meet two koalas and their joeys, part of the Zoo’s breeding program. Gladys Berejiklian, the New South Wales Premier, will join the couple. They will visit the Institute’s lab and meet female conservation scientists working on efforts to reduce wildlife trafficking.
- The Duke and Duchess will then travel by vessel across Sydney Harbour to the Sydney Opera House. Once inside, they will will view a rehearsal of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theatre, an internationally acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modern dance company. When they leave the duo will have their first walkabout in Australia.
- The day concludes with a reception at Admiralty House.
WEDNESDAY OCT 17 – DUBBO
- Meghan and Harry fly to the town of Dubbo, situated on the Macquarie River, 300 kilometres northwest of Sydney. On arrival in Dubbo, The Duke and Duchess will visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn more about the life-saving role the aviation service provides for people living in rural and regional areas.
- TRH will visit a local farm and hear about the impact a severe drought is having. They will then head to Victoria Park for a picnic “to celebrate community spirit within the region.” Members of the public are invited to attend, and Prince Harry will deliver remarks.
- That afternoon Meghan and Harry will visit a local school and learn about efforts to improve the education outcomes of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; they’ll also play netball.
THURSDAY OCT 18 – MELBOURNE
- The Duke & Duchess fly to Melbourne, where the day begins with a walkabout to Government House, followed by a reception. They will meet young Victorian leaders,including Queen’s Young Leader Hunter Johnson from The Man Cave. Ambassadors from the This Girl Can campaign will demonstrate a selection of sports.
- Meghan and Harry then visit a social enterprise café offering leadership, mentoring and training programmes for young Aboriginal people.
- That afternoon TRH meet students at a local school involved in sustainability programmes. They will then take a Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach, where they’ll meet volunteers working to keep Port Phillip Bay beaches clear of litter.
FRIDAY OCT 19 – SYDNEY
- The Duke & Duchess will visit an Australia landmark, Bondi Beach. They will meet surfers from OneWave, raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing. TRH will take part in “Fluro Friday,” where people share mental health experiences. They’ll also “interact with others enjoying yoga and surfing,” followed by a walkabout.
- Meghan & Harry take part in a youth advocate programme, and spend time with students as they discuss issues including social justice and youth empowerment.
- The next event includes Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Invictus Games athletes as they watch Prince Harry climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag.
- TRH call on the Leader of the Opposition at Admiralty House, and the Prime Minister at Kirribilli House.
SATURDAY OCT 20 – SYDNEY
- Meghan and Harry travel by boat to take part in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island.
- The couple attend a reception at the Sydney Opera House hosted by Gladys Berejiklian, the New South Wales Premier.
- The Duke and Duchess then attend the 2018 Invictus Games opening ceremony at which Prince Harry will give an address.
SUNDAY OCT 21 – SYDNEY
- TRH will watch portions of the cycling and sailing competition, and attend a lunchtime reception with competitors and community representatives in the city’s central parkland, The Domain.
MONDAY OCT 22 – FRASER ISLAND
- Meghan and Harry travel to Fraser Island, where they will be met by the Island’s Traditional Owners, the Butchulla people, and the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk. They’ll take part in a Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony as part of the dedication of the site to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).
- They’ll visit one of the Island’s lakes, as well as one its beaches that was used for training Australia’s Z Special unit in WWII.
- TRH then take a boat to Kingfisher Bay where they will wrap up the day with a walk on Kingfisher Bay Jetty.
TUESDAY OCT 23 – FIJI
- The Duke & Duchess fly to Suva, Fiji. They will call on the President of Fiji, Jioji Konrote, followed by a welcome ceremony in Albert Park that will “mirror in format that of the one attended by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.”
- The second stop of the day is a reception and state dinner at the Grand Pacific Hotel, hosted by the President of Fiji.
WEDNESDAY OCT 24 – FIJI
- Prince Harry lays a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial and meet Fijian veterans.
- The Duke & Duchess visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva, where they’ll watch a cultural performance and meet students. Prince Harry then makes a short speech in his capacity as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, and we’ll hear Meghan speak for the first time on the trip as she also “says a few words.”
- The couple’s paths diverge here, as Harry heads to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, and Meghan goes to the British High Commissioner’s Residence where she will attend a morning tea and learn more about the UN’s Women’s Markets for Change project. She will visit the Suva market and meet vendors empowered by the UN project.
THURSDAY OCT 25 – FIJI/TONGA
- The day begins with a visit to Nadi, located on Fiji’s main island. At the airport TRH will be officially welcomed, followed by the unveiling of a statue honoring commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier killed in the 1972 Battle of Mirbat in Oman.
- Meghan and Harry then take a chartered flight to Tonga, where they’ll be met at the airport by Her Royal Highness The Princess Angelika Latufuipeka.
- That night they have a private audience with His Majesty King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu, followed by a reception/dinner with Tongan entertainment.
FRIDAY OCT 26 – TONGA/SYDNEY
- TRH call on Prime Minister S. Akilisi Pohiva and members of the cabinet, followed by a visit to a craft exhibition with Princess Angelika Latufuipeka.
- The Duke & Duchess head to Tupou College, where they will dedicate two on-site forests to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The Tupou College Boys’ will perform traditional Tongan music to commemorate the event.
- Meghan and Harry then return to the Royal Palace for an official goodbye.
- Back in Sydney the couple will attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards. In addition to presenting awards, Prince Harry will deliver a speech.
SATURDAY OCT 27 – SYDNEY
- On the final day of the Invictus Games TRH attend the wheelchair basketball finals at the Quay Centre. That evening they will attend the Closing Ceremony at Qudos Bank Arena; both will speak at the event.
SUNDAY OCT 28 – WELLINGTON
- Meghan and Harry fly to Wellington on a Royal New Zealand AirForce flight; a number of the New Zealand Invictus Games competitors will be on the flight. They will be met by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on arrival.
- This is followed by a traditional welcome at Government House, residence of Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy. The event includes the Governor-General’s Kuia and Kaumātua (Māori elders), before the pōwhiri, which includes a haka performed by members of the New Zealand Defence Force.
- Meghan & Harry then visit the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Here, they will lay a wreath and see the newly unveiled UK War Memorial, followed by a public walkabout in the Memorial Park.
- That evening TRH receive official calls from the PM & Leader of the Opposition at Government House, before attending a reception hosted by the Governor General celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
MONDAY OCT 29 – WELLINGTON
- The Duke and Duchess will visit one of Wellington’s most iconic cafes & meet young people from a number of mental health projects.
- Meghan & Harry travel to Abel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island. They will do a trail walk with one of the park’s rangers and also join some of the park’s young ambassadors and local school children at a barbeque lunch and for a tree planting.
- That evening TRH visit Courtenay Creative for “an event celebrating the city’s thriving creative arts scene.”