Local businesses in Dubbo are preparing to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, with various decorations and displays.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

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.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

We took a stroll along Brisbane and Talbragar Streets to have a look at some of these shops.

A florist adds last-minute finishing touch to her shop window display. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

The Invictus Games is one theme in local stores.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

There is even the Royal Bubs N Tots store with ideas for Meghan and Harry’s new nursery.

Everything the royal couple need for their nursery. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

They even have an online store – www.royalbubsntots.com.au – for people who live outside the Dubbo Region.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

 

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Meghan and Harry put in an appearance too.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Local Bridal Shop has a selection of wedding gowns.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Dubbo Sewing 2 welcomes the royal couple.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Harry’s menswear.

A must stop shop for Prince Harry? Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

More support for the Invictus Games.

Well, maybe not that shirt? Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Another salon, Hair Predictions, with another ‘Welcome to Dubbo’ message on their window.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Then there was Marsh Carney at the end of Talbragar Street focusing on one of Prince Harry’s favourite past times.

Marsh Carney has a polo player and horse on their awning. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

A selection of royal books on display at Book Central, including biographies of Queen Elizabeth II, Henry VIII and Marie Antoinette.

Bookshop with books on the Royal Family and a newspaper article on Queen Mary. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

A biography of Queen Elizabeth II is the centrepiece of the display.

A selection of Royal Books on display. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

More Union Jacks and Australian flags at Bob Berry.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

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.

Dubbo Post Office. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Union Jack bunting in front of the post office boxes and more advertising for the commemorative stamp featuring Harry and Meghan.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

 

A new commemorative stamp featuring Harry and Meghan. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

The Castlereagh Hotel welcomes the Duke and Duchess to their ‘Castle’ with a balcony appearance and a couple of Grenadier Guards.

‘Welcome to our Castle’. The Castlereagh Hotel, Dubbo. Photo: Carolyn M Cash

Even St Vinnies receives the royal treatment.

St Vinnies, Dubbo. Photo: Carolyn M Cash

Opportunity Shop

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Another dress shop welcoming the Duke and Duchess.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

This shop has green and gold bunting in the windows with an Australian-themed display.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Local computer shop with their ‘Dubbo ❤️ Harry & Meghan’.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

The Dubbo RSL proudly supporing the Invictus Gsupportingey 2018.

Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Dubbo Public School nearby had a sign, ‘DPS welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Dubbo’.

Dubbo Public School. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

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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