The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Australia on Monday morning ahead of their much-anticipated royal tour.
While there were reportedly no royal fans waiting to catch a glimpse of the royal couple, video footage shows the pair quickly jumping in a car as they prepare for a whirlwind 16 days full of royal engagements.
Looking fresh-faced and full of smiles, the royals were happy and at ease in comfy clothing with a heavy security presence around them.
Just weeks ago the palace revealed the royal couple’s full itinerary, setting out every detail of their visits to New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, before they go on a visit to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. And in welcome news for fans, the couple have scheduled several walkabouts to greet members of the public.
Having some well deserved rest before a full on couple of weeks, Harry and Meghan will be formally welcomed to Admiralty House by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove on October 16, taking in views over Sydney Harbour before meeting representatives from the 18 countries involved in the Invictus Games in Sydney.
Over the course of their tour, the royals will visit the town of Dubbo, on the Macquarie River, where they will visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to discover more about their life-saving work in rural areas. They will also meet local farmers in the aftermath of the horrific drought in the area.
Later in the tour they will attend an Invictus Games event on Cockatoo Island in Sydney before enjoying a reception at the Bennelong Restaurant at the Opera House. That night they will officially attend the opening of the Invictus Games on the Opera House forecourt, where the Duke of Sussex will give an address.
After watching some of the games, Harry and Meghan will fly north to Queensland’s beautiful Fraser Island where they’ll be met by the traditional owners and the Premier of Queensland. Later that day they’ll travel inland to meet elders and park rangers at Lake McKenzie, before heading on to the beach to learn about the history in the island’s logging trade, as well as its use as a training base for the Australian Z Special Unit during World War II.