Harry and Meghan touch down in Dubbo
While taking time to greet school children at Dubbo airport, Prince Harry gets a hug then a tug of the beard from the last child in line. Vision: The Morning Show.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Dubbo on Wednesday morning, greeted by local politicians and school children, including one local five-year-old who stole the show with his particularly warm greeting.
Rain had cleared for the arrival of the royal couple in the western NSW town, and the sun came out as they stepped off an RAAF Challenger, beaming and looking relaxed, holding hands as they walked across the tarmac.
Meghan, wearing a loose white shirt which covered her tiny baby bump, black jeans and boots and a grey checked jacket, and Harry, dressed casually in grey jeans and shirt and beige boots were officially greeted by local MP Troy Grant and his wife, Toni, and the Mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Ben Shields.
The couple, who announced hours after they arrived in Sydney two days ago that they are expecting their first child, looked thrilled with a less formal greeting by children from the local public schools.
They took the time to shake hands or talk to nearly every one of the excited children, who were waving flags and craning to get a close-up of the royal couple.
Millie Sutcliffe, 10, said she had told Meghan she loved her and was rewarded with hugs from both Meghan and Harry.
Daniella Clews,12, and Sovanah Doherty, 11, from Dubbo West School also had hugs from the couple.
“I am shaking, it was amazing, I am speechless,” Sovanah said afterwards.
“I am shocked, it’s a once in a lifetime chance,” Daniella added.
“Meghan just put her arms out to me. I am so excited. This is the best day of my life," she said.
But waiting patiently at the end of the end of the line of excited children was Luke Vincent from Buninyong Public School, who greeted Harry with a huge bear hug before reaching out his hand to pull on his beard.
The youngster, who was sporting green glasses and a checkered cap with his school uniform, then handed the Duchess of Sussex a bouquet of flowers, before throwing his arms around her as well.
The Duke and Duchess then headed to the nearby hangar of The Royal Flying Doctor Service for a naming dedication and unveiling of a new RFDS plane as part of celebrations for 90 years of the vitally important healthcare service which provides a lifeline to people living in rural and remote Australia.
There they met RFDS staff and doctors , as well as people who have benefited from the service.
The couple will move on to meet with a local family doing it tough in the drought, accompanied by Pip Job, NSW Drought Coordinator and former National Woman of the Year.
The family are fourth generation cattle and sheep farmers, working to find ways to deal with changing environmental conditions.
The Duke and Duchess, will later today attend a community event at Victoria Park, Dubbo.
The event will be a celebration of country spirit, especially in times of hardship, with attendees representing the local community and businesses, where The Duke will give an address.