Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are gearing up for a very exciting fall, which includes Princess Eugenie's royal wedding, his third annual Invictus Games and their very first official tour, which will run from Oct. 16 to Oct. 31. An outline for the two-week trip has been revealed by Kensington Palace, featuring stops in four Commonwealth countries: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga. See the full tour outline below.
The statement also revealed the causes that the couple will focus on during their travels. "The programme across these four Commonwealth countries will focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts – including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects – and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games Sydney 2018."
The governments of Australia and New Zealand invited the the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to visit. They'll begin their travels in Australia, where they'll explore Sydney, Dubbo, Melbourne and Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, and end the tour in New Zealand's Wellington, Abel Tasman, Auckland and Rotura.
The newlyweds' stops in Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga are at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. With Prince Harry's new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, the couple has keenly jumped into their work for the commonwealth and will visit Suva and Nadi in Fiji before heading to Nuku'alofa in Tonga.
During their time in Sydney, the couple will participate in Prince Harry's beloved Invictus Games, an athletic competition for injured servicemen and women. They'll be joined by a few famous faces, including fellow royals Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and his wife, Princess Mary, who is originally from Australia. Like Meghan, she is considered one of Europe's most stylish royals, so the duo's fashionable outings will be one to watch.
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I’ve been lucky enough to meet and work with many serving, veteran and wounded British armed forces personnel over the years and I’ve been humbled by the courage, resilience and spirit shown by each and every one of them. So, I’m incredibly proud to announce I will be an Ambassador for this year’s Invictus Games in Sydney. The entire Invictus Games team, led by the Duke of Sussex, has achieved remarkable things in such a short space of time, using sport as a powerful force to rehabilitate and unite and I can’t wait to be part of the energy and the excellence of the Games this year. @invictusgames2018 #IG2018
Prince Harry also called on a famous athlete friend to act as ambassador for the 2018 games: David Beckham! "I've been lucky enough to meet and work with many serving, veteran and wounded British armed forces personnel over the years and I've been humbled by the courage, resilience and spirit shown by each and every one of them," the former soccer star said on Instagram in August when he announced the news. "The entire Invictus Games team, led by the Duke of Sussex, has achieved remarkable things in such a short space of time, using sport as a powerful force to rehabilitate and unite and I can't wait to be part of the energy and the excellence of the Games this year."
Check out the complete tour outline:
Tuesday Oct. 16: Sydney, Australia
Wednesday Oct. 17: Dubbo, Australia
Thursday Oct. 18: Melbourne, Australia
Friday Oct. 19: Sydney, Australia
Saturday Oct. 20: Sydney, Australia
Sunday Oct. 21: Sydney, Australia
Monday Oct. 22: Fraser Island, Australia
Tuesday Oct. 23: Suva, Fiji
Wednesday Oct. 24: Suva, Fiji
Thursday Oct. 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Friday Oct. 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia
Saturday Oct. 27: Sydney, Australia
Sunday Oct. 28: Wellington, New Zealand
Monday Oct. 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand
Tuesday Oct. 30: Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday Oct. 31: Rotorua, New Zealand