The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex's Royal Tour In Numbers
By Georgia Aspinall Posted on 16 Oct 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal tour has officially begun and we’re keeping tabs on everything. From air miles to Jessica Mulroney sightings, here is your guide to the royal tour in numbers…
Air miles: 16, 879
Flying from London to Australia, the first stop on their royal tour was Sydney at over 10,000 miles away, likely including a stop since they flew commercial. What do you think was more uncomfortable… the guilt from not being eco-friendly or flying for 22 hours while in your second trimester of pregnancy? Probably the pregnancy, at least they didn’t fly private…
On day two of their trip, they flew from Sydney to Dubbo and back, which adds up to 376 miles in ONE day. However, they added up more than double that on their third day, as they flew to Melbourne which for a single trip is 439 miles. Flying back to Sydney for day four, that was a grand total of 11,809 in three days.
They stayed in Sydney for day four visiting Bondi Beach and Macarthur Girls High School, then on day five went to the Sydney Opera house ahead of opening the Invictus Games at Hyde Park. Day six saw Harry attend the Games alone as Meghan took the morning off for some well-deserved me-time, before joining her husband to greet competitors later on.
The air miles resumed on day seven, when Harry and Meghan visited Faser Island off the coast of Queensland, flying from Sydney to Hervey Bay airport, a 605 mile trip, they then took a boat to Fraser Island. From Queensland to Suva, Fiji, where they went on day eight was an added 1739 miles, where they stayed on day nine too.
Day 10 they travelled to Tonga, which is another 500 air miles, and then flew back to Sydney on day 11 which is a 2,226 mile trip, lest the extra miles caused by the aborted landing (which we won’t count) making their grand total so far 16,879.
Gifts for baby Sussex: 12
The couple’s first baby gift, as exclaimed by Meghan, included not only an ode to Australia but to a noughties treasure too. While Meghan was handed a kangaroo teddy (including a little joey in it’s pouch that Harry LOVED), Harry received a pair of baby UGG boots. Frankly we can’t wait for the incoming royal baby to revive our favourite teen trend.
Of course, the couple have not just been receiving official state gifts, but ones from fans too. The hoards of people who come out to catch a glimpse of Meghan and Harry have so far handed over a giraffe teddy from Skip Hop, a Jackie French book called Grandma Wombat, Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall, Possum Magic (which is Australia’s best-selling children’s picture book) and a pink babygrow by purebaby, an Aussie organic brand. While walking about Fraser Island, they were also given a homemade baby mat, which Harry asked if it had koala’s on (despite the angry Koala incident of day one). Adorable.
From Taronga Zoo the couple received an Enchanted Angels bear, which retails for £70, another bear. While Melbourne Football club gave an appropriately sporty gift, personalised football shirts, plus caps and scarves for the entire family! During their Bondi Beach walkabout, Meghan and Harry were gifted a less practical present, a ginormous teddy bear, plus another book called Emily makes a splash.
Times the everyone was SUPER excited: Infinity
Having to meet 1000 people a day takes its toll on your conversational skills, which is most likely why the couple have repeated that they were ‘super excited’ about 849389 times. Apparently, Harry is not only ‘excited’ to show Meghan the country for the first time, but Meghan is both ‘very excited’ and ‘super excited’ about having a baby, which she told at least three people so far upon receiving congratulations.
We can safely say that as day ten of the Royal Tour finishes out, excitement is peaking at One Direction levels. Not only did one fan burst into tears when Harry hugged her on day three, but people ran into the sea to spot them on the beach in Melbourne and one royal spectator was even arrested. Royal Mania has officially taken over Australia and there are too many excited fan moments to even count…
Jessica Mulroney sightings: 5
As Meghan would say pre-Tig closing forever, nothing is better than cocktails on the beach with your girlies xx. Her best friend and unofficial stylist, Jessica Mulroney, hopped onto the royal tour landing in Sydney soon after Harry and Meghan with her husband, Ben Mulroney. The couple were spotted at a 7/11 post-workout, with a witness telling MailOnline, ‘I saw her in the shop next to some Haribo treats - perhaps she was picking some up for Meghan’s pregnancy cravings.’
We doubt it, but it’s a nice thought.
While Meghan flew off to Melbourne for day three of the tour, Jessica was still in Sydney partying it up with her husband. She posted this hilarious picture to Instagram…
However, after a week’s worth of glorious Instagram posts, the couple flew on home. Turns out Jess wasn’t there to accompany Meghan (unsurprising given her 76 engagements over 16 days) but to celebrate 10 years or marriage!
Meghan’s wardrobe expenses: £36,917
Hopping off the plane, Meghan wore a Wolford turtleneck, slim-fit black trousers and Sarah Flint Jay heels. Going straight to their first stop on the royal itinerary, Meghan then wore a cream shift dress by Karen Gee, which promptly caused their website to crash. She also included a secret tribute to Princess Diana.
On day two, for a Wednesday visit to the rural city of Dubbo, Meghan wore the ‘Serena’ Boss oversized blazer, designed by her friend Serena Williams (which costs $203, or £109) with a pair of black high-rise jeans by Australian brand The Outland, which cost £151, a Maison Kitsune button-down collar shirt for £57 and ankle boots by J.Crew, which cost £242. Coming to a total of £559, it was a relatively budget day for Meghan.
Day three in Melbourne, she sported THAT trench coat on the beach, and paired her Martin Grant nude trench (£1287) with a Dion Lee dress (£668.59) and navy Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ shoes (£447) before switching to Rothy’s black flats (£110). Carrying the Sylvie small shoulder bag from Gucci (£1,366) and adding a Shaun Leane ‘Tusk’ diamond bracelet (£950) her grand total for day three came to £4,858. Overall, her Royal Tour fashion so far comes to £7683.
Day four she returned to Martin Grant in a maxi dress costing £1,080. She then changed into a Roksanda dress that is £1295 with Stuart Weitzman pumps costing £395. Day five she sported a beautiful Emilia WIckstead dress for £1635. Then in the afternoon wore a £1,180 Altuzarra blazer, £258 jeans from Mother and £815 heels from Tabitha Simmons- paired with Illesteva sunglasses, worth about £140.
Her pinstripe outfit on day five included a £426 blazer, £581 Aquazzura heels and an Oroton cross-body bag costing £171. Then day six took a shockingly casual turn, as we saw Meghan in trainers for the first time. Wearing Veja’s £115 leather sneakers, she paired it with black jeans that we’ve likely seen before from Mother.
Day seven Meghan kept the casual vibe on Fraser Island with a Reformation dress, costing £169. Then day eight she brought back her shirts and jeans with a £79.50 J Crew linen shirt, Outland black skinny jeans at £151 and Aquazurra DJ mules costing £468. Total so far? £16,641.50
Dressing up for her first day in Fiji, Meghan wore a Stephen Zimmerman dress (£395) and Stephen Jones hat (£86) with an Anna Straw clutch (£87) then stunned at night time in a Safiyaa dress for £1095.
Day nine she wore a Frederica floral-print silk maxi dress for £1495 with £93 espadrilles before donning a literal wedding dress by Theia (£694) with Aquazzura heels(£490), a Givenchy clutch(£1543) and Birks earrings (£9,306).
Day ten called for a Jason Wu shift dress costing £1,861 with Manolo Blahnik BB pumps (£495) a Christian Dior clutch (£374) and Pippa Small earrings (£1347) followed by a a Self Portrait dress (£380) which she mistakenly left the tag on for! The perils of changing on a plane…
Then, day 11 she wore a Veronica Beard dress (£465) with Banana Republic heels (£69) which she wore over on the flight to Sydney, where she landed today…
Her grand total after that fashion filled day in Fiji? £36,917.
Koalas annoyed: 1
In classic gap yah fashion, the couple stopped at a zoo on their first day of the royal tour and met a Koala. She, unlike everyone on the tour, was clearly not super excited to meet them, but she also has two joeys so is probably just trying to cling onto the tree in peace.
Luckily for the Koalas, Meghan and Harry have steered clear since the fateful Taronga Zoo visit…
Harry’s hilarious speech blunders: 1
One day in and we’re already treated to Meghan coming to Harry’s rescue during an awkward, but hilarious, speech moment. The father-to-be was thanking the crowd for their warm welcome at Admiralty House, clearly nervous over the mention of their new announcement, forgetting to say the word ‘baby’.
‘We genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce er.. the.. upcoming baby.. be it a boy or girl,’ he said, with Meghan gently prompting him when he struggled to remember what exactly they’d announced that morning that shook the entire world.
For day two, we didn’t feel anything but inspired at Harry’s speech in Dubbo. Speaking candidly about mental health, Meghan adorably held an umbrella over him as he delivered it. And after an awkward start, the rest of the couple’s speeches have gone swimmingly, with Harry even gushing over Meghan’s words at an event in Fiji.
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