The Duke of Sussex attended a cycling event at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney this morning. The Invictus Games 2018 were opened last night with an amazing opening ceremony and a lovely speech by the Duke. More on that can be found here. The cycling event is part of the Invictus Games. The Duke presented the British cyclist Michael Swain with his gold medal. The Duke seemed to be delighted to do so!
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex are tonight attending the Invictus Games 2018 Opening Ceremony, which is being held at the forecourt of the famous Sydney Opera House. It marks the start of the fourth edition of the Invictus Games. Before the ceremony started, they attended a reception held by the New South Wales prime minister at the Sydney Opera house.
The opening ceremony was delayed for about one hour because lightning had struck the stage. For the safety and well-being of the guests, the organisation had to wait until the rain and thunderstorms were over.
After unveiling the Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park this morning, the Duke and Duchess changed into some more casual clothes before taking the boat to Cockatoo Island for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.
The Driving Challenge decided the first medals of the fourth edition of the Invictus Games, which will be opened tonight in a big Opening Ceremony on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House. 24 competitors from 12 nations were tested on their driving skills as well as their speed, precision, agility and teamwork whilst handling Jaguar vehicles during the Driving Challenge. Continue reading “Royal Visit Oceania 2018: The Invictus Driving Challenge (day 5)”
After their early morning visit to Bondi Beach, the Duke and Duchess returned to Admiralty House for a quick change. The couple then traveled to MacArthur Girls High School to see incredible work being done by students in human rights, social justice and women’s empowerment.
On arrival, they enjoyed a dance performance.
Afterwards, they met with teachers and students from the school. As the school only has female students, it is thought that this engagement was included in the itinerary for Meghan, who has a passion for supporting and empowering women and girls.
Because of the wonderful news we got this morning, the first day of the Sussexes tour will be covered more extensively than the other days. As said before, due to the time difference, I will only publish one (sometimes maybe two, in case of evening events) blog(s) per day covering the couple’s entire day of engagements.
After arriving in Sydney yesterday morning on a commercial 22-hour long Qantas flight from London, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex will now attend an official welcome ceremony at Admiralty House (Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia). Admiralty House serves as the couple’s base when in Sydney, like it has been the base for other Royal Couples in Sydney in the past (most notably the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George in 2014). His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove, who will welcome them to their home which offers spectacular views across Sydney Harbour, will also be there.
The couple is glowing, following the news that they’re expecting their first child in the Spring. Meghan is said to be feeling very well.
Representatives from the eighteen countries participating in the 2018 Invictus Games will be attending the event. The Invictus Games will start on Saturday, with the couple attending the opening ceremony. It is expected that they will also attend several sporting events during the course of the week. There will be a flag-bearer for every country participating in the Games present today for the welcoming ceremony.