Royals next stop: Australia

Wills, Kate and George waved goodbye to New Zealand as they boarded a Royal Australian Air Force plane at Wellington Airport.
Wills, Kate and George waved goodbye to New Zealand as they boarded a Royal Australian Air Force plane at Wellington Airport.
The royals' wet and windy day in Wellington came to a close as Kate, Wills and George boarded their flight to Sydney.
The royals' wet and windy day in Wellington came to a close as Kate, Wills and George boarded their flight to Sydney.
New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and wife Lady Janine escorted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with baby George, to their plane.
New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and wife Lady Janine escorted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with baby George, to their plane.
George didn't look too happy en route to the plane - maybe he didn't want to leave NZ.
George didn't look too happy en route to the plane - maybe he didn't want to leave NZ.
In Wellington's Civic Square, Wills and Kate appeared excited by the gift of chocolate a royals fan gave them.
In Wellington's Civic Square, Wills and Kate appeared excited by the gift of chocolate a royals fan gave them.
Accepting the chocolate, William reportedly commented: "These will be perfect for the long flight."
Accepting the chocolate, William reportedly commented: "These will be perfect for the long flight."
Some children were lucky enough to be plucked from the crowd to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Some children were lucky enough to be plucked from the crowd to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Wills and Kate waved to the crowd as Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomed them to the city.
Wills and Kate waved to the crowd as Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomed them to the city.
Like a rock concert mosh pit, it was a push to the front for a chance to see Kate in Wellington's Civic Square.
Like a rock concert mosh pit, it was a push to the front for a chance to see Kate in Wellington's Civic Square.
It was standing room only in central Wellington for the thousands of royals fans hoping for a glimpse of Wills and Kate.
It was standing room only in central Wellington for the thousands of royals fans hoping for a glimpse of Wills and Kate.
A nun's day was made when she got the chance to meet Kate in central Wellington.
A nun's day was made when she got the chance to meet Kate in central Wellington.
It was cameras to the fore in Civic Square as royals fans got snap-happy around Prince William.
It was cameras to the fore in Civic Square as royals fans got snap-happy around Prince William.
Kate was impressed with this girl's dress.
Kate was impressed with this girl's dress.
Always gracious, Kate thanked a girl for her gift while on walkabout in Wellington's Civic Square.
Always gracious, Kate thanked a girl for her gift while on walkabout in Wellington's Civic Square.
Wills accepts a gift from this excited royals fan in Wellington's Civic Square.
Wills accepts a gift from this excited royals fan in Wellington's Civic Square.
A meeting with the Duchess was always a good reason to get dressed up.
A meeting with the Duchess was always a good reason to get dressed up.
Flowers always made a great gift for a royal.
Flowers always made a great gift for a royal.
It was a dream come true for these girls who got their chance to meet Kate.
It was a dream come true for these girls who got their chance to meet Kate.
In Wellington's Civic Square royals fans of all ages gathered early today in the wet for their chance to meet the Duke and Duchess.
In Wellington's Civic Square royals fans of all ages gathered early today in the wet for their chance to meet the Duke and Duchess.
Cameras were at the ready as royals fans lined Wellington's Civic Square ahead of Wills' and Kate's arrival.
Cameras were at the ready as royals fans lined Wellington's Civic Square ahead of Wills' and Kate's arrival.
Vantage points were scarce in Wellington's Civic Square ahead of the royals' arrival.
Vantage points were scarce in Wellington's Civic Square ahead of the royals' arrival.
A royal wave from Prince William as he and Kate arrived in central Wellington.
A royal wave from Prince William as he and Kate arrived in central Wellington.
Warm drinks were the order of the day as royals fans weathered the wet wait.
Warm drinks were the order of the day as royals fans weathered the wet wait.
Some Wellington royals fans showed their support for Wills and Kate with some magazine cut-out signs.
Some Wellington royals fans showed their support for Wills and Kate with some magazine cut-out signs.
Earlier, police dog puppies were lucky enough to get some royal affection at the Royal New Zealand Police College.
Earlier, police dog puppies were lucky enough to get some royal affection at the Royal New Zealand Police College.
Kate's police puppy thought the time was right for a doze.
Kate's police puppy thought the time was right for a doze.
He couldn't be happier.
He couldn't be happier.
Formal duties can't wait for sunshine, with a serviceman doing his best to keep Wills and Kate dry as they lay a wreath at the police college's remembrance wall.
Formal duties can't wait for sunshine, with a serviceman doing his best to keep Wills and Kate dry as they lay a wreath at the police college's remembrance wall.
There were solemn moments on the royals' tour of the police college.
There were solemn moments on the royals' tour of the police college.
Wellington saved its worst weather for last with umbrellas a must for Wills and Kate on the final day of their New Zealand tour.
Wellington saved its worst weather for last with umbrellas a must for Wills and Kate on the final day of their New Zealand tour.
There was time for a chuckle in the rain though.
There was time for a chuckle in the rain though.
Police staff welcomed Wills and Kate to the Royal New Zealand Police College.
Police staff welcomed Wills and Kate to the Royal New Zealand Police College.
Iris Pouao, 7, who has undertaken chemotherapy to fight a brain tumour, got her chance to meet Prince William at the police college.
Iris Pouao, 7, who has undertaken chemotherapy to fight a brain tumour, got her chance to meet Prince William at the police college.
Earlier in the day, crowds lined the drive to the Royal New Zealand Police College for the Duke and Duchess' arrival.
Earlier in the day, crowds lined the drive to the Royal New Zealand Police College for the Duke and Duchess' arrival.
Police recruits formed a guard of honour for the arrival of the royal couple.
Police recruits formed a guard of honour for the arrival of the royal couple.
The royal motorcade was greeted by a police salute.
The royal motorcade was greeted by a police salute.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been greeted by wild applause by thousands of people on their arrival at the Sydney Opera House.

The royal couple stepped from their royal motorcade at the western side of the Opera House just after 3pm Wednesday.

They were met by NSW Governor Marie Bashir and her husband Sir Nicholas Shehadie, as well as NSW government representative, Don Harwin MLC.

NEW FRIEND: Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William, watch as their son Prince George looks at an Australian animal called a Bilby, which has been named after the young Prince, during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
NEW FRIEND: Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William, watch as their son Prince George looks at an Australian animal called a Bilby, which has been named after the young Prince, during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
TRANSFIXED: Kate, Will and George all look on at the bilby in Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
TRANSFIXED: Kate, Will and George all look on at the bilby in Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
BEST OF AUSTRALIA: Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet Leuca the Koala during a visit to Taronga Zoo.
BEST OF AUSTRALIA: Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet Leuca the Koala during a visit to Taronga Zoo.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is presented with flowers by a young girl as she visits the Sydney Royal Easter Show on April 18.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is presented with flowers by a young girl as she visits the Sydney Royal Easter Show on April 18.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, strokes Fred the ram as her husband Prince William looks on at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, strokes Fred the ram as her husband Prince William looks on at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
FASHIONABLE: Seen at the airport, Catherine wore a yellow dress by Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic, to reflect the gold of Australia's national colours, green and gold.
FASHIONABLE: Seen at the airport, Catherine wore a yellow dress by Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic, to reflect the gold of Australia's national colours, green and gold.
Royal supporters wait for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Sydney Opera House.
Royal supporters wait for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Sydney Opera House.
The royal trio arrives at Sydney Airport.
The royal trio arrives at Sydney Airport.
Royal supporters wait for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Sydney Opera House
Royal supporters wait for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Sydney Opera House
Die-hard Australian royal enthusiasts wait at the Sydney Opera House.
Die-hard Australian royal enthusiasts wait at the Sydney Opera House.

Both Kate and William waved to the crowd, which on each occasion responded with huge cheers. But the young royals weren't able to meet those who turned out to catch a glimpse of them.

William and Kate greeted the dignitaries, before making their way up the western stairs to the Concert Hall for an official reception.

Before stepping inside, Kate and William took in some of the stunning sights of Sydney Harbour on a gorgeous, sunny autumn afternoon.

About 400 guests attended the reception, including former Australian cricket fast bowler Glenn McGrath and Australian Women's Cricket Team member Ellyse Perry, along with children dressed to represent all nations competing in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

During a short speech, the duke said he was bowled over by  Sydney during his 2010 visit and his wife had been looking forward  to coming to NSW.

‘‘My last visit to Australia — in 2011 — was at a sad and testing  time for the nation.  A cyclone followed by flooding had devastated  lives and property in Queensland and bushfires had ravaged the  State of Victoria,’’ he said.

‘‘I am sorry to return to find that, yet again, fellow  Australians in north Queensland are coping with the aftermath of  another destructive cyclone.

‘‘Australia has much to contend with at the moment: your  contribution to the ongoing search for MH370 has earned respect in  every quarter of the globe.

‘‘Australia ’s determined and leading role in the search is at  the very edge of technological ability and human endurance.

‘‘You have also responded with great generosity in the past few  days to the natural disaster afflicting the Solomon Islands, which  is suffering dreadfully from floods and successive earthquakes.’’

The Prince said his grandmother the Queen had spoken recently of  how, since her first visit here 60 years ago, she had been  privileged to witness Australia’s growing economy and flowering  self-confidence.

He joked that he suspected Prince George’s  first word might be  ’bilby’ — ‘‘only because ’koala’ is harder to say’’.

When they stepped out into the Sydney sunshine, the royal couple were greeted with more cheers and applause.

Kate wore a bright yellow fitted dress by Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilinic, while William looked smart in a navy suit.

They walked down the Opera House steps towards a crowd that had  been waiting patiently for hours for the first glimpse of the royal couple since they arrived in Australia.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge slowly made their way to make  their way long the parapet accepting gifts of flowers and posing  for ‘‘selfies’’ until reaching the Man O’ War steps where they were  farewelled by the Governor and Sir Nicholas and Mr Harwin.

They  boarded a police launch for the brief ride across Sydney Harbour to  the Admiralty House wharf.


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