SYDNEY – Prince Harry paid tribute to members of the Australian service by opening a new wing of a war memorial on Saturday before opening the Invictus Games while he and his wife Meghan continued their visit to Australia and the South Pacific.
A real tour of the couple, until now so happy, animated by the news that they are expecting their first baby, became solemn when the Duke of Sussex inaugurated the long-awaited extension of the Anzac Memorial in the Hyde Park of downtown Sydney on Saturday in the morning.
The former British Army captain and his wife placed a wreath of Australian native flowers on the steps of the memorial, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison, other dignitaries and men and women in attendance watched.
Harry and Meghan were then taken to a tour of the newly remodeled sanctuary, which was first opened in 1934 by Harry's great-uncle, Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, but which was left incomplete due to the shortage of funds during the great Depression. . A project worth 40 million Australian dollars ($ 28.4 million) finally made the original design of the memorial.
On a handwritten note pinned to the crown, Harry wrote: "In memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and in recognition of the men and women for whom the scars endure."
In the tropical attire of his regiment, Blues and Royals, Harry discovered a plaque that noted that the extension was "opened by a grandson of the Queen".
The wording was a nod to the original plate Prince Henry released 84 years ago, which noted that the memorial was "opened by the son of a king."
Harry saluted when the last message resonated in Hyde Park, while Meghan, in a long black dress by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, was at her side.
The royal couple later visited the Cockatoo Island of Sydney Harbor, where Harry delighted some children by joining them to play remote controlled cars. The couple visited the island to see an event of Invictus Games, the Land Rover Driving Challenge.
Later, Harry officially opened the games at a ceremony in the courtyard of the Sydney Opera House, which was delayed an hour after the city was hit by a thunderstorm in the afternoon.
The Invictus games, the creation of Harry and the focus of this tour, were founded by the prince in 2014. The sporting event gives military personnel and sick and injured veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair and wheelchair basketball. find inspiration to recover.
Harry and Meghan will also visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand during their 16-day tour.
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