Speech by The Duke of Sussex at a Welcome Reception Hosted by Governor-General of Australia
Admiralty House, Australia
17 October 2018
G’day. Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is great to be back in Australia. And especially even more so this is my wife’s first visit here, so I’m very excited to show her this incredible country of yours, perhaps not Kangaroo Flats military training area in Darwin, though – over the last time, I go there.
You’ll also notice we had a roof on our boat earlier after last year’s downpour! And luckily, Sydney’s sun is shining today, so thank you for organising the weather.
We started off well today with some sleeping koalas or drop bears as some of the world know them, Sydney Harbour, the Bangarra Dancers, who were absolutely fantastic, the Opera House and Admiralty House, and we’re looking forward to going to Dubbo tomorrow to meet those farmers and their families who have been hit by…by this drought.
I am particularly grateful to the Australian Government for hosting the Invictus Games, which the whole country has embraced with great enthusiasm. Thank you so much for all of the support. Australia is of course home to some of the world’s best sporting talent, but what you are about to see during these Invictus Games will quite literally astound you.
A demonstration of the power of the human spirit, the power of sport to change lives, and the power of feeling part of all of this from the stands – there really is…there really is something for everyone.
Thank you to Your Excellency and Lady Cosgrove for giving us your magnificent home for the week – we’re inviting all of our mates in Sydney to visit, including you guys!
And finally, we’re both absolutely delighted to be here and really impressed to see you serving beer and tea at an afternoon reception, in true Aussie style! Be… genuinely, thank you for the…for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life. And we also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the…the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl, so thank you very, very much.