Royal recog­ni­tion

Australian Geographic - - From The Editor-in-chief -

AS WE GO TO press with this is­sue we are also in full or­gan­i­sa­tional swing for the AG awards. It’s al­ways a busy time for us, but this year our ex­cite­ment is through the roof as we pre­pare to wel­come Their Royal High­nesses the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex to our night of nights on 26 Oc­to­ber. We are truly hon­oured to host the royal cou­ple who will be here for the

In­vic­tus Games. Prince Harry will find him­self among old friends such as Life­time of Ad­ven­ture re­cip­i­ent and po­lar guide Eric Philips and 2014 Spirit of Ad­ven­ture win­ners Sea­mus Don­aghue and Heath Jamieson, both wounded ex-ser­vice­men. All four went to the South Pole to­gether in 2013. Prince Harry is well known for his ded­i­ca­tion to the phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing of for­mer mil­i­tary per­son­nel, and for his ad­ven­tur­ous spirit, which we all share at AG. But it’s also as a pas­sion­ate con­ser­va­tion­ist and am­bas­sador for youth that we es­pe­cially wel­come him to the AG awards.

The royal cou­ple will also travel to Fraser Is­land, Fiji and Tonga where they will visit tracts of na­tive for­est ded­i­cated un­der the Queen’s Com­mon­wealth Canopy.This world­wide con­ser­va­tion net­work aims to heighten pro­tec­tion of ex­ist­ing forests and help re­ha­bil­i­tate oth­ers that have been de­graded or de­stroyed.

The am­bi­tious project har­nesses the power of the Com­mon­wealth to ad­dress an un­fold­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal catas­tro­phe and has been founded in the name of Her Majesty Queen El­iz­a­beth (page 82).We’re keen to raise aware­ness of the Canopy and look for­ward to hon­our­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of the Queen to global con­ser­va­tion dur­ing our awards cer­e­mony.

On 11 No­vem­ber, many som­bre and re­flec­tive cer­e­monies will take place to com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of Armistice. We know from the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of the ser­vice­men and women par­tic­i­pat­ing in the In­vic­tus Games that the suf­fer­ing doesn’t al­ways end when the fight­ing ceases. Alas­dair McGre­gor worked with the Aus­tralian War Memo­rial to un­der­stand what re­ally hap­pened when the war was over (page 88).

Look for high­lights and pho­tos of the awards on our web­site and in the next is­sue of Aus­tralian Geo­graphic. We thank all our spon­sors for sup­port­ing the event and es­pe­cially our pre­sent­ing part­ner, Co­ral Ex­pe­di­tions, who are of­fer­ing new and re­new­ing sub­scribers the chance to win a PNG ex­pe­di­tion cruise worth more than $25,000. See page 53.

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