Pregnant Duchess Meghan plays with koalas on royal tour in Australia


Published 9:31 PM EDT Oct 15, 2018

Pregnant Duchess Meghan plays with koalas on royal tour in Australia

Bring on the koalas!

Tuesday found Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry taking a trip to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where they met a few new furry friends.

That included Ruby, a mother koala who gave birth to koala joeys Meghan and Harry, named after the royals. 

The couple arrived in Australia on Monday, and officially opened the new Taronga Institute of Science and Learning while at the zoo, a scheduled stop on the first day of their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

And with Meghan's pregnancy no longer a secret, gone are the duchess' recent billowing dresses.

The royal stepped out in Sydney Tuesday morning in a fitted white sheath dress by Australian designer Karen Gee (aptly called the "Blessed" dress).

According to the, there was also a sweet nod to Princess Diana on Day 1 of the trip, with Meghan wearing gold butterfly earrings that were lookalikes to a pair Harry's mother once wore.

Tuesday found the parents-to-be in high spirits. The couple began the day at Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, who gifted Meghan with a stuffed kangaroo joey and baby Ugg boots, the latter seeming to delight Prince Harry.

"This is our first baby gift!" exclaimed the duchess.

If their tour follows the pattern of the 2014 Down Under tour of Prince William, Duchess Kate of Cambridge and then-9-month-old Prince George, they're likely to return to London with a planeload of baby gifts from royals fans and well-wishers. 

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Representatives from each of the 18 countries who are participating in the upcoming Invictus Games Sydney 2018 were also present at the morning event.

Pregnant Duchess Meghan plays with koalas on royal tour in Australia

The afternoon holds a trip to the spectacular Sydney Opera House, where Meghan and Harry will view a rehearsal of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theatre, an internationally acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modern dance company. (The couple traveled to the opera house by boat, a portion of the day that found Meghan switching to sensible flats.)

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Their first day on Australian soil will conclude with a reception at Admiralty House.

First thing on Wednesday, Harry and Meghan are scheduled to fly to the town of Dubbo on the Macquarie River, about 185 miles northwest of Sydney. They're planning to visit Australia's famous Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn more about the life-saving role the aviation service provides for people living in rural and regional areas of the vast nation-continent. 

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