Uluru also known as Ayers Rock was the destination for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday 22nd April.
Visiting Uluru in the centre of Australia’s Outback, William and Kate arrived by RAAF plane, and made a visit to the National Indigenous Training Academy, meeting with staff and students there. They also handed out certificates to those who had recently completed courses, and learnt about their training scheme, which helps locals into work, often in the area’s buzzing tourism industry.
The couple were presented with gifts, including a kangaroo hair blanket, and a spear for William.
With a change of clothes for Kate, the couple headed to Ayers Rock. Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles also visited Ayers Rock on their tour of Australia in 1983.
At the Cultural Centre in Yulara, the local Aboriginal community performed a traditional song and dance for William and Kate. They then gathered around a camp fire and watched an Inma ritual, which uses the clapping sticks they were gifted, Kate remarking that Prince George loves things that make loud noises.
This was Wills & Kate on their way back from their Uluru walk round base- and before they watched sunset. pic.twitter.com/HsNRTwqDHR
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Kate was presented with a bracelet, which she wore as she and her husband toured the base of Uluru, and the couple also saw local aboriginal artwork, known for its dot style. William described the landmark as ‘quite breathtaking’, and the couple walked around a small section of Uluru’s base before they watched the sunset, which turns a shade of purple with the dimming light.
The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory hosted the couple for tea. The Duke and Duchess watched the sun set before they went ‘glamping’, in one of 15 small lodges at the base of Uluru. This is the second and last night they will have spent away from George on their three-week tour Down Under.