Dubbo looks stunning as businesses prepare for visit from Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Across the city businesses have decked-out their shopfronts with lifelike cut-outs, bunting, crowns, jewels and signs to show their excitement for Prince Harry and Meghan’s visit to Dubbo on Wednesday. 

Dubbo Regional Council encouraged local business owners to show their royal excitement by announcing two prizes of $1000 for the best window display.

Harry’s for Menswear owner Peter Sutton said choosing his grandfather’s name for his business had been relevant with Prince Harry’s profile this year.

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“He seems to be relaxed and contemporary. He’s doing the name fairly proudly,” Mr Sutton said.

Harry’s for Menswear first celebrated their namesake when they put out a banner of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May. 

“Everyone was talking about it on social media, there was a lot of press about it,” he said. 

“Low and behold an incident happened where a car went through our window and the media were on our doorstep and there was Harry and Meghan sitting in our window covering this drive through it got some attention.”

Mr Sutton said they went all-out for the upcoming visit keeping up with their reputation for window displays.

“We like to get behind these special events, so when Harry and Meghan got married I thought we better put something up,” Mr Sutton said. 

“When the announcement was made I was pretty chuffed, that’s a pretty good thing for Dubbo it was a case of ‘alright lets get out all the flags and the posters and put our best foot forward’,” he said. 

“It does bring a smile to customer’s faces, also those that are a little bit anti-royals have a little bit of a snigger but they have a smile on their face too.”

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Another business celebrating the upcoming visit is Bob Berry Real Estate. 

Bob Berry Real Estate director Jane Donald said they wanted to foster enjoyment for the visit. 

“We think it’s nearly a once in a lifetime opportunity for Dubbo,” Ms Donald said. 

She said the visit would bring more than just excitement to the region. 

“I think there’s a lot of opportunity for positive exposure for Dubbo, and the flow-on effects of people seeing Dubbo in a positive light could mean economic benefits to the city,” Ms Donald said.  

“It’s not whether you are a monarchist or a republican, it’s about the exposure to the city that we’re getting. 

“We wanted to have a bit of fun, it’s good to enjoy these situations, we’re giving staff time off to go to the  picnic.” 

See below map of some businesses with royal decorations and products:

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