By Trevor Marshallsea | AP October 20 at 19:35 SYDNEY – Prince Harry celebrated Australian officials by opening a new…
SYDNEY – Prince Harry celebrated Australian officials by opening a new wing of a war memorial Saturday before opening the Invictus Games when he and Mrs. Meghan continued their visit to Australia and South Pacific.
Such a joyous debut royal tour of the couple, inflated by news as they expect their first baby, became celebrated when the Duke of Sussex opened a long-awaited extension to the Anzac Memorial in downtown Sydney’s Hyde Park on Saturday morning.
The former British Army Captain and his wife put a wreath of Australian native flowers at memory stages, like Prime Minister Scott Morrison, other dignitaries and the service men and women watched.  Harry and Meghan were then taken on a tour of the newly built sanctuary, opened in 1934 by Harry’s great uncle, Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, but left incompletely due to lack of money during G reat Depression. A project worth 40 million Australian dollars ($ 28.4 million) has finally realized the original design of the memorial.
In a handwritten billboard attached to the wreath, Harry wrote: “In honor of those who paid the ultimate victim and for recognition of men and women for whom the ears last.”
Wearing the regiment’s tropical dress, the blues and the royals , Harry revealed a plaque that noted the extension “opened by a grandson of the queen”.
The wording was a pleasure to the original plot that Prince Henry revealed 84 years ago, who noted that the memorial was “opened by a king’s son.”
Harry greeted when the last post ran out of Hyde Park, while Meghan in a long black dress from New Zealand’s designer Emilia Wickstead stood next to him.
The royal couple later visited Sydney Harbor’s Cockatoo Island, where Harry delighted some children by joining them with play with remote-controlled cars. The couple visited the island to watch an Invictus Games event – Land Rover Driving Challenge.
Harry later officially opened the games in a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House, which was delayed an hour after the city was wounded by a late afternoon thunderstorm.
Invictus Games, Harry’s brainchildren and focus on this tour were founded by the Prince of 2014. The sporting event allows sick and injured military personnel and veterans to compete in sports as a wheelchair’s basketball and
Harry and Meghan will also visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zeeland during its 16-day tour.
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