The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met yesterday with Tonga’s Prime Minister, ʻAkilisi Pōhiva. The meeting came in the midst of the couple’s one full day in Tonga before returning to Sydney.
A few hours after arriving in Tonga, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a dinner hosted by King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauu. Held at Consular House in central Nuku’alofa, the couple reportedly walked in to John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
Now, here’s an arrival! This afternoon saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touch down in Tonga where they will stay for 24 hours before returning to Sydney. This arrival hit all the notes that their first appearance in Fiji was lacking – sartorially, at least.
Last night the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the night at a private resort on the isle of Vatuvara, but it was back to business in the morning with the unveiling of a statue in Nidi. The engagement, honoring Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, marks the last in Fiji – later today the couple fly to Tonga for roughly 24 hours before returning to Sydney for the Invictus Games’ closing ceremonies. We’re officially in the home stretch of this marathon tour!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now halfway through their four-country tour and today carried out a slew of engagements in Fiji after last night’s state dinner. It also marked the occasion of Meghan’s first real speech as a member of the British Royal Family – naturally she executed flawlessly.
Usually I like to start at the beginning of a day, but for this post we’re going to start with the headline news – the state dinner and the Duchess of Cambridge receiving the Family Order – and work back from there. The big takeaway is that after over seven years of marriage, Kate has finally been given the Elizabeth II Family Order.
Last night’s state dinner hosted by the President of Fiji was in fact quite the milestone for the Duchess of Sussex – her first public black tie event since her wedding five months ago. Given her propensity for wearing trouser suits and erring on the side of informality, I know many have been waiting for the “princess” moment – this was essentially that, and there’s plenty more such nights in her future.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Fiji late yesterday afternoon (their time – for our purposes it was the middle of the night) and have had a busy first few hours on the second leg of their 16-day tour. Arrival shots tend to set the tone for a tour, and become the images by which said tour is most recognizable – we didn’t formally get that moment in Australia, but we definitely did in Fiji.
Tomorrow King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will kick off a two-day state visit to the UK, during which they will meet with the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. On Tuesday evening the two will also attend a state banquet held in their honor at Buckingham Palace, which will serve as home base while they are in London.
Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Fraser Island, the last stop on the Australian leg of their four-country tour. Following Saturday’s news that Meghan plans to scale back her engagements over the next couple of days due to exhaustion, Harry took the lion’s share of their schedule, but we did catch a glimpse or two of HRH.