Every Photo from Royal Parents-to-Be Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Tour Down Under
On their final day of appearances in New Zealand before heading back to London, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visited Te Papaiouru Marae for a formal pōwhiri and luncheon in their honor. A pōwhiri is a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony involving speeches, dancing, singing and the hongi.
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.