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Prince Harry arrives in Sydney, a new bill passed in the Japanese Parliament, John Key receives a Knighthood in New Zealand and the Queen’s Birthday in Australia.

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Prince Harry’s Wet Walkabout

Prince Harry © 2017 Carolyn M Cash

Prince Harry visited Campbell’s Cove to meet well-wishers in the pouring rain with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Veteran Affairs Minister David Elliott.

Prince Harry with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. © 2017 Carolyn M Cash

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Prince Harry launches the official countdown to mark 500 days until the Invictus Games at Admiralty House, Sydney.

Visit http://www.invictusgames2018.org/ for more details.

Hashtags: #InvictusGames #IG2018 #invictusgames2018

Abdication News Update

A historic special bill has been passed in the Japanese Parliament (Diet) to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate soon.

Emperor Akihito in 2014

Arise Sir John Key

Congratulations from “across the Ditch” to former Prime Minister John Key who receives a knighthood as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours in New Zealand on Monday, 5 June.

Mr Key, who brought back Knighthoods in New Zealand in 2009, receives his own.

Queen’s Birthday Celebrations

We explain the history behind why there are two celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II in Australia.

Most Australians celebrate the Queen’s Birthday on 12 June as a public holiday, except Queensland on 25 September and Western Australia on 2 October.

Condolences from Belgium

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde’s message to Queen Elizabeth II following the recent terrorist attack in London.