Every Photo from Royal Parents-to-Be Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Tour Down Under
They were given ornate traditional robes to wear. Meghan's Māori cloak was adorned with feathers and held representations for her pregnancy, including "strength, warmth and ahora (love)."
Prince Harry took part in the ceremony, picking up a dagger while keeping his eyes on a Maori warrior who was challenging him.
Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, were also invited to perform the hongi, a traditional Māori greeting which includes two people pressing their nose and foreheads together.
After an outfit change, the pair headed to the Rainbow Springs to learn more about the center's kiwi breeding initiative.
In addition to seeing a newly hatched kiwi, the parents-to-be were given the chance to meet two young kiwi chicks born at Rainbow Springs just a few days ago named Tihei (which means "sneeze of life" or "life force" in Māori) and Koha (meaning "gift").
It was then onto a public meet and greet, where Meghan bonded with an adorable little girl who made her way to the other side of the barricade.
Harry met as many fans in Rotorua, New Zealand, as possible in their last walkabout before heading back to the UK.
The newlyweds, who are expecting their first child this spring, headed to the Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua on Wednesday (local time) for a journey along the walkway of suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees. As they explored the forest, they learned more about its history.
And that's a wrap!
The royal parents-to-be bonded with local children from environmental education group "Trees of Survival" on Tuesday by joining them for a "welly wanging" contest. The objective is to throw a Wellington boot — which New Zealanders refer to as "Wellies" — as far as possible.
The local children cheered as Meghan showed off her strength and won the competition, throwing her red-and-white polka-dotted boot approximately a meter away from Harry's blue boot. For the win, the Duchess was rewarded with a rainboot-shaped trophy.
And to add to the couple's growing list of baby gifts, Meghan and Harry were given a small pair of green and white boots for their newest family member.
Meghan and Harry joined New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland for a visit to Pillars, a charity that supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring programs.
There, Meghan was presented with flowers from Ghianna Angi.
Harry comforted the child, telling him, "Life will always be alright. You know that? I've made it to 34 years old, and life is great. I have a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. Your life is going to be sorted. Don't you worry about that."
Meghan was treated to a brass band and choir's rendition of "Greenback Boogie" by Ima Robot, the theme song from Suits.
Outfit change! That evening, Meghan attended a reception hosted by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Auckland War Memorial Museum wearing a sleeveless navy (one of her go-to colors lately!) dress with an asymmetrical hem by Antonio Berardi.
If the look seems familiar, that's because Meghan previously sported the piece while cheering Harry on at the Audi Polo Challenge back in May 2017. The appearance was an important one as it marked the very first time that the couple had attended a public event together.
Tuesday's reception included cultural performances and entertainment by members of the Pasifika community living in Auckland. Guests predominantly included 17 to 25-year-olds who are making significant contributions to the well-being of their communities and representing the future of New Zealand.
Visiting the Maranui Café in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday (local time), the expectant parents met youngsters from a number of mental health projects in New Zealand offering support through helplines, social media, web sites and school programs.
When the visit concluded, Harry and Meghan (dressed down in Outland jeans, a Jac and Jack top and a Club Monaco coat) made sure to look after their youngest fans waiting outside — they sent pastries from the café to the crowd.
The duo then visited the scenic Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand, where they learned more about its local conservation program under rainy skies.
Harry offered a personal message when they arrived on the island via helicopter, saying, "From myself, my wife and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here. We bring blessings from my grandmother the Queen and our family. We are so grateful for your hospitality and the work to look after this beautiful place."
Next, they headed to Courtenay Creative, a new training facility for the screen and creative industries that provides young people with programs to excel in the film industry.
Meghan and Harry were greeted by two men in full soldier costumes, then walked into a room full of ornately dressed characters, including an orc from The Lord of the Rings franchise, which was famously shot in New Zealand.
Hooroo, Meghan and Harry!
After a busy closing ceremony at the Invictus Games in Sydney, the royal parents-to-be bid farewell to Australia from Sydney Airport on Sunday (local time) to head to the final stop of their royal tour: New Zealand.
Meghan wore a burgundy Hugo Boss dress while her husband sported a black suit. The duo waved goodbye to locals as they prepared for the final stretch of their tour.
They arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, after a three-hour flight from Sydney.
Meghan sported a different outfit from the burgundy dress she wore when she left Australia. The mother-to-be wore a black ASOS maternity dress, brown Karen Walker trench coat and black Sarah Flint heels.
The royal parents-to-be attended a traditional welcome ceremony on the lawn of Government House, the residence of the Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy.
Meghan and Harry were invited to perform the hongi, a traditional Māori greeting which includes two people pressing their nose and foreheads together.
During the ceremony, the prince was invited to pick up a dagger after a challenge by three warriors. As a sign of acceptance, the chief warrior hit his thigh and signaled for Harry and Meghan to step forward.
They also attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Pukeahu National War Memorial to pay their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
During the ceremony, Prince Harry was presented with the "Badge in Gold," a medal considered to be New Zealand's highest military honor, for his work with injured veterans. The badge was given to him by Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association president BJ Clark, and pinned to his suit by none other than Meghan herself.
The newlyweds met with crowding lines of well-wishers — including a teenage fan who started sobbing once she met expectant mom Meghan.
The fan burst into tears as Meghan approached her, and the royal is seen comforting her by holding her hands.
Meghan and Harry joined Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Governor Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House in Wellington for a welcoming reception, and to celebrate New Zealand's 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.
Meghan accessorized her black Gabriela Hearst dress with a necklace with a traditional Maori design.
"The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired," Meghan said in a speech, given in front of a portrait of Queen Elizabeth. "In looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the larger impact of what this symbolizes."
The royal couple headed to the wheelchair basketball final on Saturday (local time). England won third in bronze medal match against New Zealand, while the Netherlands and the U.S. competed in the gold medal game.
Meghan was dressed in a maroon top by Australian brand Scanlan Theodore and black pants with her hair styled half-up, half-down while Harry wore a black Invictus Games polo shirt.
The Duchess of Sussex took time to congratulate the players who competed in the match and give them medals — a gold for team USA and silver for the Netherlands.
Meghan made her way down the line, shaking hands with each Dutch athlete, but one in particular surprised her by taking things a step further: he gave the mom-to-be a quick peck on the cheek.
Meghan had a sense of humor about it, chuckling in response and continuing with her royal duties unfazed.
Meghan and Harry then continued their cheering at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony.
For the occasion, the Duchess of Sussex wore an olive green custom tuxedo dress from Italian designer Antonio Berardi. She paired it with peach Casablanca pumps from her go-to shoemaker Aquazzura.
Harry, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, founded the Paralympics-style competition four years ago to honor veterans and wounded service members around the world. In a speech at the closing ceremony, he said, "In a world where negativity is given too much of a platform, our Invictus competitors — many of whom have been given a second chance at life — are achieving extraordinary things."
Meghan gave a surprise speech, in which she expressed her awe about her husband's efforts to create an inspiring event.
"It's such an honor to be here tonight with all of you and supporting my husband at the Invictus Games, which he founded four years ago," she began. "In a short span of time, the games have evolved into an international platform of some of the best athletics and sportsmanship you could ever witness."
She also sported her sleekest hairstyle yet — a slicked-back ponytail courtesy of her wedding hairdresser, George Northwood, who is on tour with her.
Meghan wore a green-and-white striped cotton dress by Australian designer Martin Grant from the Spring/Summer 2019 collection. She paired the $1,385 button-down dress, which features a mandarin collar and belted waist, with matching green suede pumps (which she wore for Prince Louis’ christening in July) and a Prada clutch.
The Duchess of Sussex also wore a trench coat by Martin Grant earlier in the tour — multiple times!
Next up, they received a lively welcome to Fa'onelua Convention Centre, where they met local traders and craftsmen, with a native Tongan dance. They were also given traditional Tonga garlands to wear during their visit.
The Tupou College Boys Choir helped keep the mosquitos away by serenading the royal parents-to-be with a song to keep the pesky bugs at bay, which included the students making buzzing sounds. Meghan was seen cracking up during the performance, even wiping away tears brought on by the laughter.
The newlyweds paid a final visit to His Majesty King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace before saying goodbye to Tonga.
The plane carrying Prince Harry and Meghan back to Australia had to abort its landing in Sydney because another aircraft was on the runway below.
The airplane came within seconds of landing but the pilot had to pull away again and re-approach when the coast was clear.
Once back in Sydney, the royal couple attended to the Australian Geographic Society Awards to present awards to Australia's best in exploration, science and conservation.
Meghan dazzled in a tea-length black and white gown by Oscar de la Renta that appropriately featured bird designs. Though they grouped together in the bodice, the bird outlines became more spread out and apparent near the illusion neckline and full skirt.
"My father and others have been speaking about the environment for decades – not basing it on fallacy or new-age hypothesis, but rooted in science and facts, and the sobering awareness of our environmental vulnerability," said Harry. "And while those speeches would sometimes fall on deaf ears, he and others were unrelenting in their commitment to preserve the most valuable resource we have – our planet."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry traveled to Nadi, Fiji, on Thursday (local time) to attend a special event at Nadi Airport: the unveiling of a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier who lost his life in the 1972 Battle of Mirbat.
Meghan looked lovely in a green shift dress with short sleeves by Jason Wu, a Taiwanese and Canadian designer based in New York City, paired with her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in black suede. She accessorized with gold statement earrings (the Peepal Tree-shaped leaves are symbols of fertility!) and matching bangle bracelet, all by Pippa Small. Meanwhile, Harry stuck to a light-colored suit.
Meghan stuck with jewel tones but changed during the plane ride into a red long-sleeved dress by Self-Portrait, which featuring embroidered floral embellishment and was in the same hue as the Tongan flag. The mom-to-be also added black heels and a black clutch to complete the look.
During their arrival, Tongan children — also wearing red — lined the streets and waved flags in hopes to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. Many locals also decorated their homes with signs, balloons, and flags welcoming the pair to their country.