This October, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will embark on their first royal tour together. These are the incredible destinations the newlyweds will visit.
Taking in the Commonwealth nations of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga, Harry and Meghan’s first Royal Tour promises some spectacular scenery and exciting events.
While the tour will be a real test for Meghan, as her first major trip as the Duchess of Sussex, it won’t be all bad, as the couple are set visit some of the world’s most spectacular locations. With the destinations now confirmed, here are the stunning places the couple will visit on the 2018 Royal Tour starting on 16th October.
First stop: Australia
The tour starts in Sydney, Australia’s most famous city, and returns there on a few occasions to coincide with the Invictus Games. After the first visit to the city, the royal couple will then move onto Dubbo and Melbourne, before heading to Fraser Island.
The world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island is dreamy. A popular honeymoon destination, it’s a fitting first stop for the newly weds. Here the couple might well come face-to-face with the infamous dingoes that roam the island, or some of the fabulous fish living in coral reefs not far off the shore. There’s a network of beautiful inland, freshwater lakes too, so plenty of opportunity to cool down during Australia’s hot summer.
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Next stop: Fiji
After Australia, the couple will visit Fiji, an idyllic archipelago stranded out in the South Pacific ocean. Fiji is island romance at its best, with swaying palm trees, stunning sunsets and warm, clear waters lapping soft sandy beaches.
There are 333 islands in Fiji, and while they won’t visit them all, they’ll certainly enjoy their time visiting Suva, the country’s capital. A mish-mash of British colonial buildings, modern architecture and leafy streets, it’s a lovely city to while away a few days. There’s the Fiji Museum – an essential stop for any visitor to get their bearings on the culture – and the colourful Municipal Market. Hopefully they’ll have time to explore the oasis that is Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, not from from the city.
The couple will also briefly visit the coastal town of Nadi, from where they’ll transfer to their next destination: Tonga.
Stop three: The Kingdom of Tonga
There’s not a flashy resort to be seen on the islands that make up the Kingdom of Tonga, but Meghan and Harry won’t see much of it at all, with just a one-night stay here. Their main port of call is Nukuʻalofa, the capital, which sits on the northern coast of Tongatapu.
With such short visit, the couple will no doubt miss out on the highlights, which include Talamahu Market, with its hand-woven palm frond baskets piled high with fresh produce and traditional crafts, and the many sea caves that dot the islands, where underground swimming pools make for a romantic dip.
Final stop: New Zealand
Ending this whirlwind tour, this will be Meghan Markle’s second visit to New Zealand. But it’s likely to be a little different to her first trip to the Australasian country.
In 2015, she and a friend travelled by campervan on a very low-budget trip, taking in wine tasting in Marlborough and hiking on the Franz Josef glacier. Her October visit as part of the Royal Tour, though, will likely be far more glamorous.
The couple will visit the harbour city of Wellington, where sandy beaches and a glistening waterfront are backed by forested hills. They’ll also take time to explore Abel Tasman, the country’s smallest national park, where hiking along trails and sea kayaking are popular activities.