PRINCE Harry had an especially touching moment with a young fan who was out to greet the royals in Dubbo today.

Cameras snapped the sweet moment Harry bent down to give the little boy a hug.

After the embrace, the boy then reached out and grabbed Harry's beard at the chin, clearly fascinated by his facial hair.

Harry was in no rush to leave as the boy kept touching his face, displaying the patience and kindness he shows to all his fans.

 

The boy reached out to give Harry a big hug and then grabbed his beard! Source: Channel 7
The boy reached out to give Harry a big hug and then grabbed his beard! Source: Channel 7

Cue the mass heart melting on social media:

The boy then handed Meghan Markle a bunch of flowers, who thanked and embraced him too.

 

 

Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Clearly these two are going to be parenting naturals!

 

ROYALS VISIT ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE

Meghan has spoken to Royal Flying Doctor patients from remote properties and exchanged a posy with a little girl, giving back some of the flowers.

Against royal habit, she also posed for a selfie with the doctors, volunteers and their families.

The Duchess of Sussex leaned in with her arm around a young fan in school uniform, as the pair smiled for a quick snap.

 

Meghan posing with her fans. Source: Candy Sutton
Meghan posing with her fans. Source: Candy Sutton

 

MEGHAN AND HARRY ARRIVE IN DUBBO

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have touched down in Dubbo for the second day of their first royal overseas tour.

The pair landed in the regional NSW town at 10.30am, smiling and looking relaxed as they were greeted by local officials upon arrival.

Rows of primary school children in their uniforms held up little signs that said "DUBBO LOVES HARRY AND MEGHAN" as they prepared to say hello to the royal couple.

Local school kids wait to meet the royal couple. Picture: Toby Zerna
Local school kids wait to meet the royal couple. Picture: Toby Zerna

 

Harry and Meghan laughing and smiling as they greet schoolkids in Dubbo.
Harry and Meghan laughing and smiling as they greet schoolkids in Dubbo.

Meghan Markle looked comfortable for the short plane journey, with her hair in a ponytail and her white Maison Kitsune shirt untucked over a loose grey Serena Williams Collection jacket. She wore jeans by Australian brand Outland Denim, a necklace by Aussie designer Natalie Martin and

Harry wore a blue denim button-up shirt loosely tucked into black pants.

Both had their Akubra hats at the ready - given to them as a gift by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at Admiralty House yesterday morning.

 

 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will spend the day in Dubbo.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will spend the day in Dubbo.

The pair left Admiralty House in Kirribilli earlier this morning, trailed by security cars and police on motorbikes.

 

Harry and Meghan have just left Admiralty House. Source: Channel 9
Harry and Meghan have just left Admiralty House. Source: Channel 9

 

Meghan and Harry are now on their way to Dubbo. Source: Channel 9
Meghan and Harry are now on their way to Dubbo. Source: Channel 9

Earlier, Kensington Palace tweeted about the Dubbo visit, with a photo of two Akubra hats and the words "Dubbo, we're coming to see you...'

 

This won't be the first royal visit to the regional town, though. Today's trip will mark the sixth visit to Dubbo by royalty.

WHY ARE THE ROYALS VISITING DUBBO?

It is great that they're keen to venture out of the major cities, but why go back to the same place six times rather than visit another regional part of the country?

One of the main reasons Meghan and Harry are visiting Dubbo now to raise awareness for the drought, which has been plaguing farmers.

But there's also a historical reason. While the royals are beloved across the nation, Dubbo in particular holds a soft spot for them.

The regional city, 400km northwest of Sydney, includes Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the famous local observatory, the old goal and more cafes serving freshly-brewed tea than you can count.

But a century ago, it was a very different story. Dubbo was a shanty town called Tin Town, deemed so unsightly that its townspeople tried to hide it from travellers, according to the ABC. The royals helped to change that.

 

Over the past century, royal members have kept coming back to Dubbo.
Over the past century, royal members have kept coming back to Dubbo.

In 1920, Edward, Prince of Wales, was the first to travel to the rural city to thank the communities of those who served in the Great War.

Then in 1954, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the town, bringing tourists a-flocking; the town only had a population of 11,000 by then, but 50,000 people rocked up to see them.

According to local paper The Daily Liberal, the first visit by a reigning monarch brought about an outpouring of patriotism the town had never seen.

Special trains were in service to transport people from every town in the region to where they were visiting, and army personnel were called in to control the crowds.

"Schools had photos of the Queen above the blackboard in every classroom and children sang the national anthem before sitting down," said one resident. "God Save the Queen was played at the pictures prior to the screening of the movie and everyone stood up and sang it. In the great scheme of things, there was God and then the Queen - that's how it was in those days."
The last royal visit was in 2006, when Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, visited the town to acknowledge the work of local indigenous students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program.

Queen Elizabeth arrives in Dubbo during her 1954 tour of Australia.
Queen Elizabeth arrives in Dubbo during her 1954 tour of Australia.

Meghan and Harry are set to meet with local families, take part in a community barbecue and visit the Clontarf Foundation and Girls Academy. And, unsurprisingly, locals are pulling out all the stops.

The bush town is so afroth with royal fever ahead of their flying visit today it has produced its own royal beer.

Called "Dubbo Royale" and bottled in a red, white and blue can, it is a British-style lager combined with "fruity" US West Coast hops "for the Meghan component".

"We call it marriage in a can," Old Bank Hotel licensee Col Mackintosh told news.com.au from his front bar bedecked in royal bunting, a cardboard cut-out of the royal couple and boxes of the brew.

Pubs across town will be serving cans of Royale as locals take a day off to celebrate the fact Dubbo will host the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for almost five hours on Wednesday.

The Hunter Valley brewed beer will also be available on tap alongside a specially brewed Sydney royal beer, Young Henry's "Get Royally Frothed", at $6.50 a schooner.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to arrive in Dubbo this morning.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to arrive in Dubbo this morning.

Harry and Meghan will meet members of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, see sheep and cattle on a farming property and mingle with up to 10,000 locals in Dubbo's main park.

The small rural city on the NSW Western Plains is buzzing with excitement about the visit, with interest ratcheting up another notch after Monday's royal baby announcement.

Shop windows decked out with royal displays line the main streets, including a baby shop with a "royal nursery".

Dubbo Mayor Ben Shields said the forthcoming visit was "huge" for Dubbo.

"It was big anyway because Harry and Meghan are one of the most popular royal couples," he said. "And then we heard on Monday night about the little Sussex. That's just the icing on the cake."


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