Australia gives the first gifts to the announced baby of the Dukes of Sussex

Australia gives the first gifts to the announced baby of the Dukes of Sussex

The Dukes of Sussex, Prince Henry and his wife Meghan, received the first gifts in Australia for their future baby, a day after it was announced that their birth is expected for the spring of 2019.

"Our first gift for the baby!" Exclaimed the Duchess when she received a stuffed kangaroo and her baby and a pair of emblematic Australian lambskin boots in Sydney, according to the images released by the Australian television network ABC.

The gifts were delivered by the Governor General of Australia, Peter Cosgrove, representative of Queen Elizabeth II in the country, and his wife, during the first official act of the couple on their tour of Oceania, which will take them this month to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

The reception with the governor was the first official act of the couple since on the eve announced the birth of who will be the eighth great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, 92 years.

Cosgrove also gave them a pair of Akubra hats, which are typical of rural Australia, although on social media comments focused on Prince Henry's expression when holding boots made of lambskin.

"They gave Harry and Meghan some little Ugg boots and see how happy Harry is," says a message posted on a Twitter account of Meghan Markles' follower.

The duchess, who wore white, showed an incipient bulging belly and according to the press wore earrings in the form of a butterfly of the late Princess Diana.

Other users and local media reported the photograph in which the son of Prince Charles and Diana of Wales wore a big smile while showing boots for his baby.

The dukes also visited the Taronga zoo in northern Sydney, where they met two baby koalas baptized in their honor after the wedding they played last May, and participated in the inauguration of a new conservation research and education center.

Enrique and Meghan moved from the zoo to the Opera House, at opposite ends of the Bay of Sydney, in a boat, to witness the rehearsals of the aboriginal dance company Barranga Dance Theater.

The Opera House was guarded by snipers and surrounded by hundreds of admirers who gathered nearby to see such special visitors.

One of the emotional moments was when the prince received a hug from Daphne Dunne, 98 years old and widow of a war veteran, whom he already kissed twice in 2015 and 2017 in Australia.

The images transmitted on television showed the prince talking with the old woman, who was in a wheelchair, before she introduced him to his wife.

During the visit to Australia the couple will also participate in the opening and closing of the Invictus Games, which will be held from October 20 to 28 and which were created by Prince Harry in 2014 to give veterans and military personnel a chance to serve with a disability

The visit coincides with the publication of a survey that reveals that 52.4 percent of the 1,000 people consulted want Australia to become a republic, a favorite choice of 58.6 percent of Australians between 25 and 34 years old.


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