The royal tour of New Zealand and Australia has entered phase two with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge performing their last official engagement by visiting the Royal New Zealand Police College. The Australian Government then sent a Royal Australian Air Force Jet to pick up the Duke and Duchess and Prince George for their Australian leg of the tour down under. Catherine was very much the doting mother carrying her son off the plane when they touched down in Sydney, just as she did when they landed in New Zealand last week.
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) April 16, 2014
In attendance at the airport was the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, who is The Queen’s representative in Australia. The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and his wife Margie also attended, alongside the Governor of NSW Marie Bashir, who is The Queen’s representative in the state of New South Wales.
William, Catherine and George were then driven by motorcade to the iconic Sydney Opera House which forms part of the picturesque waterside view that is Sydney. The Duke and Duchess unfortunately did not get the chance to meet those that had turned out at the Opera House but they did wave to the scores of cheering crowds.
The royal couple were then treated to an official reception and meet and greet with some officials and a few lucky individuals. Prince William told guests that he and the Duchess were looking forward to their first visit to Australia together. He also praised Australia for its efforts in trying to locate missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and its dealing with the recent Tropical Cyclone Ita, which hit the Queensland coast earlier this week causing millions of dollars of damage.
— Lydia Starbuck (@LydiaStarbuck) April 16, 2014
The Duke reminisced on previous visits to the former colony and went on to say: “I suspect George’s first word might be bilby. Only because koala is harder to say” . The Prince may get the chance to meet his adopted Bilby when the royals visit Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on their tour.
After posing for photographs at the Opera House, the Duke and Duchess boarded a NSW Police Vessel which took them across the harbour to the recently renovated Admiralty House, which is the Governor-General’s official residence when in Sydney. The royals will be predominately based out of Admiralty House on their tour but will also utilise the Governor-General’s official residence in Canberra, which is Australia’s Capital City.
Here is a list of where and when the public can catch a glimpse of William, Catherine and Prince George in Australia:
- April 16 – Sydney, NSW – Opera House reception
- April 17 – Blue Mountains, NSW – visiting bushfire-affected areas
- April 18 – Sydney, NSW
- April 19 – Brisbane, Qld – RAAF base visit
- April 20 – Sydney, NSW – Easter Sunday church service
- April 21 – Canberra, ACT
- April 22 – Uluru, NT
- April 23 – Adelaide, SA – Meet young Australians at Northern Sound System
- April 24 – Canberra, ACT – Reception at Parliament House
- April 25 – Canberra, ACT – ANZAC Day march and service at War Memorial
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