The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just returned from their honeymoon, just in time to announce their royal tour.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn,” reads the announcement as released by Kensington Palace on Twitter.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn 🇦🇺🇫🇯🇹🇴🇳🇿— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 10, 2018
The tour will fall on the occasion of @InvictusSydney 2018. pic.twitter.com/BWlU14WM66
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – who just made her Buckingham Palace balcony debut on Saturday during Trooping The Colour, the Queen’s Birthday Parade - will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The two will reportedly take a key role in the Commonwealth.
The Royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The announcement also confirmed that the tour will take place during the 2018 Invictus Games, which will be held in Sydney, Australia. The inclusion of Sydney in their international tour has long been speculated, as Prince Harry created the Paralympic-style sporting event. It is his way to honour and celebrate service men and women who have been wounded or injured, and most importantly, inspire them towards recovery. This will be the fourth Invictus games held.
Additionally, last year’s Invictus games are where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
It’s looking like the next sixth months will indeed be very busy for these royal newlyweds.Invictus GamesMeghan MarklePrince HarryRoyal TourRoyals