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Fraser Coast welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

11 September, 2018

Kensington Palace’s confirmation that Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will visit Fraser Island (K'gari) on their tour of Australia next month is exciting news for the Fraser Coast. 

They will also visit Sydney, Melbourne, Dubbo as part of the tour, which is built around the Invictus Games, the international sporting event for injured and ill veterans founded by Prince Harry.

Fraser Island (K'gari) is the only place in Queensland they are visiting, recognising what a truly special place it is. 

On Monday, October 22, Prince Harry and Meghan will visit Fraser Island (K'gari) to see a completed Queen’s Canopy project, which aims to restore rainforest across the Commonwealth.

Council is delighted to welcome the royal couple to the Fraser Coast. 

We will be actively working with Fraser Coast Tourism and Events and local businesses to maximise this opportunity, building on the success of recent events such as the Maroons Fan Day in June when thousands visited Hervey Bay to meet the Queensland State of Origin team.

A month ago, I invited the Duke and Duchess to the Fraser Coast primarily to see the unique Gallipoli to Armistice memorial built by a passionate community in Maryborough to trace the journey of the original Anzacs in The Great War.

The memorial, opened on July 21 by the then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and myself, has been hailed as world class.

I also invited the royal couple to visit the Fraser Coast’s city of Hervey Bay, the world capital of whale watching, and the Fraser Coast’s other international tourist destination, Fraser Island, the world’s biggest sand island.

Mayor, George Seymour