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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex meet Harry & Meghan the friendly koalas

The Duke and Duchess met their furry koala bear namesakes on Tuesday morning travelled to Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

Harry & Meghan visited the zoo to officially open the new Taronga Institute of Science and Learning.

During their visit, the Duke and Duchess met Harry and Meghan – two baby koala joeys named after the royal couple.

The joeys were named in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May just before they were married.

The royal couple also met Ruby and Wattle – two adult koalas who are looking after Harry and Meghan the joeys.

The four koalas are part of the TarongaZoo’s breeding programme.

At the zoo, Harry and Meghan also visited the laboratory to meet female conservation scientists who are working on efforts to reduce illegal wildlife trafficking.

Earlier today, the Duchess appeared delighted when she received her first baby gift since announcing the next of her pregnancy.

The Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, gifted the Duchess with a toy kangaroo during an official welcoming ceremony at Admiralty House.

On receiving the cuddly toy, Meghan exclaimed: “Our first baby gift!”

This was the first time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have appeared in public since the news of Meghan’s pregnancy was announced on Monday.

Following on from TRH’s visit to Taronga Zoo, they will attend a rehearsal from the Bangarra Dance Company, an internationally acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance troupe.

But perhaps the engagement of the day that most locals are looking forward to is the walkabout at the Sydney Opera. This will be the first time Harry and Meghan will get the chance to interact with the public on their 16-day tour but not the last as many walkabouts have been included in the schedule.

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