This week, Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle, arrived in Australia as part of their 18 day international tour; the first since they married in May. Add to that the fact that Kensington Palace also issued a statement just before they landed: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.” The news that the Royal couple are expecting their first child together has of course only added to the excitement of them being here.
The trip is well timed, with the Invictus Games having kicked off in Sydney on October 20th. The couple will reportedly visit Dubbo, Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand on this whirlwind trip. And while they take in the sights and fulfil their obligations on this tour, it seems as though Australian Flora is getting a free ride on this tour as well!
Newsreader Matt De Groot, from Nova 969 was just one person in one of the crowds holding flowers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The difference was however, his gorgeous bouquet was worth $500, and the sheer size of the bouquet alone caught Meghan’s eye. Made with a stunning mix of flowers including roses and apricot Phaleonopsis orchids, the bouquet was a gift from radio hosts Witzy and Wippa.
Royal protocol suggests giving smaller bouquets as they can be easily handed directly to the recipient. Many gorgeous bouquets have been given to Meghan during her stay, including a stunning array of Australian Natives. Fresh cut grevillea, wattle blooms, banksias, tea tree, Geraldton wax, everlasting paper daisies and eucalyptus have all featured, as well as bouquets of fresh cut flowers in golds and green. There have also been petite bunches of scented spring blooms like lily of the valley and garden roses.
I think it’s pretty obvious that both Harry and Meghan have captured Australia’s heart, and is it any wonder? So I can understand why so many people make the effort to get out there for their glimpse. I’ve made flowers for many famous people throughout my career but so far Royalty has eluded me….fingers crossed I get a chance one day! 😉