Duchess Meghan's first solo engagement is the perfect pre-tour outing

By Jessica Pollack

Meghan Markle is gearing up for her first solo engagement and it's the perfect outing ahead of her debut royal tour this fall! Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Sussex will step out on Sept. 25 to attend the opening of the 'Oceania' exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts. "The Duchess will view exhibits from regions including New Zealand, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and Australia, which she and The Duke of Sussex will visit in October," the palace tweeted of the appearance.

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The 37-year-old will be treated to a tour of the exhibition's 200 pieces of art, spanning the past 500 years and celebrating the regions of Micronesia, Polynesia, Melanesia and more. This includes ornaments made from shell, greenstone and ceramics, images of gods specific to these regions and full-sized canoes.

Meghan enjoyed getting to know Dublin on her first overseas trip this summer. Photo: © Jenny Zarins

The exhibition also marks a milestone anniversary for the Royal Academy, 250 years since it was founded in 1768. Meghan will have the opportunity to chat with artist and curators and enjoy a performance by a Māori cultural group called Ngāti Rānana. The former Suits star is sure to ace this next royal milestone, having seamlessly undertaken her first solo project as a member of the Royal Foundation, a beautiful charity cookbook, plus her first solo outing with the Queen and her first overseas trip to Dublin.

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The 'Oceania' exhibit is the perfect introduction to the cultures she will be visiting with Prince Harry on their first royal tour, which will run from Oct. 16 to Oct. 31. "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 royal recently revealed her first solo charity project with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. Photo: © Jenny Zarins

Meghan has always loved immersing herself in other cultures, something she covered extensively on her now-shuttered blog The Tig. While curating a beauty box for Birchbox, she shared her tips for travel and getting to know the local practices. “Find a great cooking class with a local chef, or an art or dance class,” she shared, adding at tip that layering dryer sheets between the clothing in your suitcases keeps everything smelling fresh and clean. We can't wait to see her engage in local customs while in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga!

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