Local businesses in Dubbo are preparing to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, with various decorations and displays.
About 15,000 people are expected to arrive in Dubbo to see the royal couple and offer their congratulations after hearing they are expecting their first baby.
Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council Ben Shields urged all business owners to decorate their shops for a chance to win a $1,000 prize.
We took a stroll along Brisbane and Talbragar Streets to have a look at some of these shops.
The Invictus Games is one theme in local stores.
There is even the Royal Bubs N Tots store with ideas for Meghan and Harry’s new nursery.
They even have an online store – www.royalbubsntots.com.au – for people who live outside the Dubbo Region.
Meghan and Harry put in an appearance too.
Local Bridal Shop has a selection of wedding gowns.
Dubbo Sewing 2 welcomes the royal couple.
More support for the Invictus Games.
Another salon, Hair Predictions, with another ‘Welcome to Dubbo’ message on their window.
Then there was Marsh Carney at the end of Talbragar Street focusing on one of Prince Harry’s favourite past times.
A selection of royal books on display at Book Central, including biographies of Queen Elizabeth II, Henry VIII and Marie Antoinette.
A biography of Queen Elizabeth II is the centrepiece of the display.
More Union Jacks and Australian flags at Bob Berry.
Even Dubbo Post Office joined in the fun, with bunting and enlarged copies of commemorative stamps featuring Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018.
Union Jack bunting in front of the post office boxes and more advertising for the commemorative stamp featuring Harry and Meghan.
The Castlereagh Hotel welcomes the Duke and Duchess to their ‘Castle’ with a balcony appearance and a couple of Grenadier Guards.
Even St Vinnies receives the royal treatment.
Another dress shop welcoming the Duke and Duchess.
This shop has green and gold bunting in the windows with an Australian-themed display.
Local computer shop with their ‘Dubbo ❤️ Harry & Meghan’.
The Dubbo RSL proudly supporing the Invictus Gsupportingey 2018.
Dubbo Public School nearby had a sign, ‘DPS welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Dubbo’.
Three judges including Mayor Ben Shields and the President of the Chamber of Commerce Matt Wright will make their decision and the winner will be announced on 22 October 2018 on the Mayor of the Dubbo Region’s Facebook page.
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