Prince Harry’s visit to Australia
As the newly-appointed concessionaire of Sydney Harbour Bridge tourism activities, SPG on behalf of Hammons Holdings was contacted by the Department of Premier and Cabinet to facilitate a climb on the Bridge for His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry. Accompanying His Royal Highness was The Hon. Scott Morrison, MP Prime Minister of Australia. The event recognised the commencement of the Invictus Games in Sydney on Friday 19 October 2018.
SPG were given the honour of getting Prince Harry, the Prime Minister and Invictus Games representatives onto the bridge safely, whilst managing all internal and external stakeholders and the raising of the Invictus flag. This included providing a safety and security management plan for all those involved, organising press releases, working closely with NSW and Federal Police to ensure all security was in place and media was managed appropriately.
SPG prepared a detailed event management plan for the visit and worked actively with representatives of Kensington Palace’s royal delegation, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, NSW Police, Federal Police, Invictus Games, RMS Security and Critical Infrastructure, RMS Commercial and Property Management Branch and the RMS media team. The event management plan developed by SPG co-ordinated the known needs of stakeholders, ensured the event ran smoothly and generated media coverage reaching over 60 million people worldwide.