Last night the Duke and Duchess of Sussex closed out the Invictus Games following a week of athletic events and challenges carried out in Sydney. Going forward, the games will take place every two years, with the next round taking place in the Netherlands.
What a dress! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to Australia yesterday after three days in Fiji and Tonga. As we speak, they are carrying out engagements commemorating the close of the Invictus Games, but last night they attended a gala for the Australian Geographic Society Awards at which both took the stage.
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.
The commentary around this tour has noted time and again how grueling the pace is, particularly once the Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy was announced, but it appears it has finally caught up with HRH after all. Kensington Palace confirmed earlier today that the Duke of Sussex would carry out an earlier engagement for the Invictus Games solo while Meghan rested, and though she joined him for the day’s later event, her schedule over the next few days will be amended.
Six days into the Sussexes’ four-country tour and we’re still not at the halfway point! We have three countries still to go, while the Invictus Games are now underway in Sydney for the next week. After carrying out two engagements “today” (I don’t know about you, but somewhere in there I slept and so for my purposes it’s now “yesterday”), Harry and Meghan attended the Invictus Games opening ceremony.
It was a decidedly more casual affair for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the afternoon – after unveiling a plaque at the Anzac memorial, the pair traveled by boat to Cockatoo Island for their first Invictus Games engagement.
This morning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an unannounced stop at the Anzac Memorial Hyde Park, recognizing the New South Wales Government’s efforts to revitalize the memorial in honor of World War I’s centenary. You may recall that Harry and Meghan attended a remembrance ceremony for Anzac Day at Wellington Arch and then Westminster Abbey in anticipation of their visits to Australia and New Zealand.
After a colorful morning at Bondi Beach (honestly, I wish I’d waited for all the photos to be released, because they keep getting better – some more at the end of this post), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an unannounced visit to the Macarthur Girls school in Sydney.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kicked off Day Four of their tour on yet another beach, this time in Sydney – and this time with Megan in more thematically appropriate ensemble. Actually, the photos from today are hilarious, particularly if you don’t know what the nature of the engagement is. So, I guess, feel free to skip the text in this post completely and just mentally caption these images.
Following a reception at Government House and a trip to a social cafe and school, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out a final few engagements in Melbourne before returning to Sydney. For Meghan, this meant a quick costume change from the morning’s navy Dion Lee.