Just hours after returning to Australia from Tonga, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have stepped out for the Australian National Geographic Awards in Sydney, and it’s fair to say that the royal couple dressed to impress.
Meghan pulled out yet another show-stopping look on Friday night and dazzled onlookers in an embellished ball gown fit for a princess.
The duchess wowed in the sleeveless black and white Oscar de la Renta dress, which appropriately featured bird outlines across it, while Prince Harry looked dapper in a navy suit. The 37-year-old paired the look with her favourite sling back heels from Aquazurra.
During the awards ceremony, Prince Harry presented Australian Jade Hameister with the Young Adventurer of the Year Award — in 2018 Jade, 16, became the youngest person to ski to both the North and South poles.
Meghan also presented Sophia Skarparis with the Young Conservationist of the Year Awards, for her work to ban plastic bags in New South Wales.
As well as giving out medals, the duke accepted an award on behalf of his grandmother for her Commonwealth Canopy project — a royal initiative that began in 2015 to encourage conservation efforts throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
In his speech Prince Harry paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth as well as his dad, Prince Charles and his tireless conservation attempts.
“We cannot stand by and let our wildlife disappear from the earth.” — This evening The Duke of Sussex accepted a special @AusGeo Society Award for outstanding contribution to global conservation on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen @RoyalFamily. #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/I4eP3mRDTZ
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 26, 2018
Before heading back to Sydney, the duke and duchess visited Tonga’s Tupou College on Friday to dedicate two of the school’s forest reserves to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy
The school’s choir performed traditional Tongan music to commemorate the event, but there was one particular song that left the duke and duchess in a fit of giggles.
The students sung a hilarious song about mosquitoes, complete with flying actions and buzzing noises. The purpose of the song was to scare off any mosquitoes that might be in the area. The Zika virus, which causes birth defects, has been detected in both Fiji and Tonga.
The couple will head out to the final day of the Invictus Games today before flying to New Zealand on Sunday for four days to round off their first overseas visit as a married couple.
The event will be extra special for the soon-to-be parents, as the gospel choir that gave a stunning performance at their royal wedding in May will perform at the event, marking the end of this year’s games, which honours wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel.