Shit you should care about… Harry and Meghans Royal Visit
If you watch Suits, froth an English breakfast, or just fancy a bit of ginger-haired goodness, then you’ll be aware of the storm that’s about to hit New Zealand. Harry and Meghan’s Royal visit.
Although this isn’t Harry nor Meghans first visit to the country (Harry came as part of his first official royal tour in 2015 and Meghan on a campervan roadie in 2014), it is their first major tour outside of the UK as a couple. In between beach barbeque’s, Marae visits and gumboot throwing competitions, the tour couldn’t get much more kiwi. So let me tell you all about it.
Why are they coming?
The tour is based around the Sydney Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, where wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. Ugh, as if we needed a reason to love him more.
Anyway, after the games, the couple headed to Fiji and Tonga. And now, finally, it’s our turn.
Prince Harry is already dressed for the occasion after being gifted a special ring that says “I am Kiwi,” by the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA.) After being presented the ring at a function in Australia, the Aussie’s fronted up with their gift. A stuffed toy. To that, Harry said, ‘Hey the Kiwis give me a ring and you give me a stuffed toy.’ Again, could we love you any more, Harry?
While in NZ, sporting his flash new ring, (sorry for flexing, Meghan), the two will be focussing particularly on learning about our youth, mental health and conservation efforts, and will be meeting many kiwi’s who work hard in these important areas.
And Kiwi’s, in typical kiwi fashion are already going crazy for it.
But, someone who wont be going crazy on the tour is ex-party boy Harry, who has reportedly given up alcohol while Meghan is pregnant. Ok. Our love for Harry is officially at capacity.
SO, WHAT ARE THEY DOING WHILE THEY’RE HERE, AND WHERE CAN I FIND THEM?
Sunday October 28th:
The couple arrive in Wellington where they will be officially welcomed at Government House.
They will be dining at Maranui Cafe, where the menu has been adapted to be “pregnancy friendly” and contain no seafood, says restaurant owner Bronwyn Kelly.
At Maranui they will meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand, with a particular focus on supporting mental wellbeing among youth.
At around 4:45-5:30pm, the two will visit Pukeahu National War Memorial park for a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, and to view the UK War Memorial.
Later that evening they will attend a reception hosted by the Governor-General celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand (where my flatmate is performing violin for them, no biggie) (actually BIGGIE.)
Monday October 29th:
Location: Abel Tasman
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex fly to Abel Tasman National Park.
Here they will be welcomed by local iwi and will embark on a bush walk to learn about the history of the park, environmental issues, and conservation projects.
Before leaving, the Duke and Duchess will join local youth ambassadors and school children at a “humble” beach barbeque.
That evening, back in Wellington, the two will visit Courtenay Creative, where they will meet a number of young creatives demonstrating their skills in make-up, costume, and virtual reality.
Tuesday October 30th:
First on the agenda is a visit to Redvale on Auckland’s North Shore to dedicate an area of native bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy and unveil a plaque. After unveiling the plaque, they will hear more about the ecological importance of the bush.
Then, they will join children in a gumboot throwing contest – how kiwi is that?
Later, the Duke and Duchess will visit Pillars, a charity supporting children who have a parent in prison through special mentoring schemes.
As a wedding present to Harry and Meghan, the NZ government gifted $5000 to Pillars, and Their Royal Highnesses will have the opportunity to meet some of the young people who have directly benefited from this funding.
Following this, Harry and Meghan will have the chance to meet some royal fans during a public walk at the Viaduct Harbour.
At night the two will attend a reception hosted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Most of the guests will be young people who are making significant contributions to the wellbeing of their communities.
Wednesday October 31st:
Now, if the excitement of announcing their pregnancy wasn’t enough – they also get to visit Rotorua on Wednesday.
Here they will pay a visit Te Papaiouru Marae for lunch, where they will eat a traditional hangi.
Next, they will head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about their kiwi breeding programme
Later, they will visit the Rotorua Government Gardens for the chance to meet members of the public.
The Duke and Duchess will then visit Redwoods Treewalk where they will learn more about the forest’s history and take on the tree walk, and will meet groups of local mountain bikers.
It’s also Halloween, so if Rotorua isn’t scary enough then I’m intrigued to see what other spooky stunts the two get up to.
Thursday November 1st
Location: CYA, (they leave.)
And there we have it. Stay tuned for updates folks.
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