The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first-ever Commonwealth tour is quickly approaching, and royal watchers are eager to find out what their 16 days abroad will look like. Details of their tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga – which includes a whopping 76 engagements! – were released on Thursday (Oct. 4), and it’s jam-packed with fun activities.
The dynamic duo will depart on Oct. 16 for the trip of a lifetime, which includes stops in many places that the former actress has never been – but it’s clear that her interests have had a major impact on the types of activities they’ll do. On top of taking part in fun sport activities like beach yoga and “welly wanging” (a boot throwing competition), many of their stops will represent causes close to their hearts. While in Australia, the two will take in the Sydney Invictus Games and head to Bondi Beach to meet with a local surfing community group. Meghan and Harry will also take in some sun on Fraser Island in the popular holiday town of Dubbo.
Just like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did with baby Prince George, where a bilby bears his name, the Sussexes will explore Sydney’s Taronga Zoo for some sweet encounters with Australian wildlife – like koala bears and their babies! They’ll also be on hand to help open the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning before climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the Invictus Flag alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Naturally, a couple of their stops will have a theme of women’s empowerment. While in Fiji’s capital of Suva, Meghan will be flying solo for a morning tea at the British High Commissioner’s Residence to showcase women’s organizations in the country, and she’ll also reunite with the UN in support of the women’s project “Markets for Change”. The loved-up couple will reunite at the University of the South Pacific and will both make inspiring speeches for the crowds. During this time, they’ll also pay a visit to Tonga’s capital, Nuko’alofa.
New Zealand is, of course, the land of nature and adventure! The two will enjoy a welcoming haka performance by the New Zealand Defence Force upon their arrival in Wellington, before heading out to the North Shore, where they’ll dedicate a 20-hectare area of native bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a forest conservation initiative, and play a game of welly wanging with youth from the Trees in Survival group, an environmental education program.