The Duke and Duchess of Sussex received some very Australian baby gifts – a stuffed kangaroo and a pair of small ugg boots – during the first official engagement of their first Australian tour.
Prince Harry and Meghan, who married a grand wedding at Windsor Castle in May, announced on Monday night that they were expecting their first child in the northern spring.
The news, announced on the day the royal couple arrived in Sydney, surprised many, including the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove.
The Australian couple sent a staff member to hastily buy a toy kangaroo with joey and small Ugg boots for their pregnant guest. And the king's couple was delighted.
"Here is your first gift for the nursery," Cosgrove told the couple during the official welcome at the Admiralty House. He and his wife have passed on congratulations on behalf of all Australians.
The couple was enthusiastic about the gifts. "Thanks, that's so sweet," Meghan said when she received the toy.
The main focus of the event of the morning was to meet representatives from the 18 countries participating in the event, which starts Saturday.
A number of them congratulated the couple with their baby news, with Meghan, dressed in a tight, sleeveless white dress from the Australian designer, Karen Gee, who replied: "Thank you very much, we are very excited."
Harry, who served for a decade with the British Army, including two missions in Afghanistan, founded the Invictus Games after a visit to the American Warrior Games in 2013.
He was inspired by the positive impact that sport had on the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded soldiers and women.