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Harry and Meghan arrive in Australia on first official tour

October 15, 2018 12:15 AM
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Harry and Meghan arrive in Australia on first official tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Sydney to begin an official visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

It is the couple's first official royal tour since getting married in May.

The 16-day trip coincides with the fourth Invictus Games, beginning in Sydney on Saturday, and includes dozens of official events.

Prince Harry and Meghan were met by a large media and security presence at the airport on Monday.

They were driven to Admiralty House, the Sydney Harbour residence of Governor-General Peter Cosgrove - who is the Queen's representative in Australia.

The couple follow in the footsteps of Prince Harry's parents - Charles and Diana - whose first royal tour was to Australia and New Zealand.

New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian welcomed the couple to Australia, describing the visit as exciting.

"It's really a visit with the people," she told local network Nine on Monday.

In the coming days, Prince Harry and Meghan will visit attractions including the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo and Bondi Beach. They will also take day trips to Melbourne, drought-stricken NSW town Dubbo, and Queensland's Fraser Island.

They will then spend a few days in Fiji and Tonga, before concluding the trip with four days in New Zealand.

In April 2014, Prince Harry's brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, spent 18 days in Australia and New Zealand.

Prince Harry will launch the fourth Invictus Games in Sydney on Friday, and attend the opening and closing ceremonies.

He launched the Paralympic-style competition for injured servicemen and servicewomen and veterans in 2014.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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