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Prince William and Kate give boy sopranos a ‘dutch’ treat at Easter

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Asked what he knew about the duke and the duchess, he added: ”Not very much.”

On Catherine, he observed: ”She normally wears quite a lot of yellow, I am seeing.”

With a whispered prompt from another young chorister, he added: ”She’s pretty.”

Sebastian Andrews, aged 12 and a senior chorister, said his uncles were in the St Andrew’s Cathedral School choir and performed for the Queen when she visited in 2006.

Nervous? ”A little bit, yeah,” Sebastian said.

”It’s not every day that you see and perform for the dutch and duchess.”

William and Kate will also be asked to sign the First Fleet Bible brought here by Australia’s first chaplain, Richard Johnson, in 1788. The historic King James Bible and accompanying Book of Common Prayer have been signed by numerous visiting members of the royal family. On the front endpaper are the signatures of the duke’s grandparents, Elizabeth R. and Philip, on 18 February 1954; his parents, who signed Charles and Diana on March 28, 1983; and William’s uncle, Prince Andrew, and his then wife, Sarah.

The Reverend Justin Moffatt is rector of St Philip’s Church Hill, where the Bible is kept. Referring to the marriages of the duke’s parents and uncle, which both ended in divorce, he said: ”There’s sadness on the page from our point of view, on that level. They would share that sadness, I am sure.”

The Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, will take the service, which is a ticket only (with no charge) event to control numbers.

”It is always an honour to preach God’s word, whether it is a congregation of two or three or 800 – as it will be on Sunday morning,” Dr Davies said.

”Whether it be prince or pauper, the [Easter] message is the same.

”He [the duke] is not reading the lesson. They just want to come to church on Easter Day, which I admire, and welcome their desire to do so. We are trying to make it as normal a service as possible.”

At the request of the royal couple, it will be a private service and will not be broadcast. They will have seats in the front pew.


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When Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, toured New Zealand and Australia in late 2012, eight British journalists were assigned to them.

When Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, touched down in Wellington, more than 50 British reporters were already waiting to capture their every move.

Royal tour: Much ado about nothing much. Photo: Getty Images

Add to that the international contingent of about 120, including 50 or so from the United States, along with those from Japan and international news agencies, and the 350 or so Australian media representatives who have been accredited to cover the Australian leg of the tour and you begin to gain an understanding of how popular the young royals are when it comes to the media.

But it also gives you a pretty clear indication of how difficult it is for a journalist to cover a royal tour.

The competition is intense, with every reporter desperate for exclusive angles on an event which has been intentionally stage-managed to the nth degree.

If it is not on the official itinerary, it’s not happening.

This can be dangerous territory as poor CNN reporter Jeanne Moos discovered when she thought it would be funny to joke about the formal Maori powhiri that welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Government House in Wellington, describing it as a ”royal bummer”.

Her video report showed the well-circulated shots of a heavily tattooed and bare-bottomed warrior greeting Kate and made jest of the traditional Maori welcome.

”Technically the only one being bummed was the warrior with his decorated buns exposed,” Moos remarked, causing considerable offence across New Zealand, to which she followed with a public apology.

Shots of the Duchess of Cambridge descending stairs during blustery conditions were soon headlined ”Kate’s Marilyn Moment” on the Herald’s website, with a predictably titillating report on the embarrassing situation providing the lead news item on the site. To be fair, we weren’t alone, nor was it a first – stories of the duchess’s skirt blowing up have occurred several times over the years.

But things have gone from ridiculous to decidedly banal, especially with reports in Britain questioning whether slender Kate can support her chubby little prince on her hip. And what about the little Prince’s first ”official engagement”, a playgroup meeting with a bunch of other nappy-wearing babies oblivious to the blue blood in their midst.

The blow-by-blow accounts of George slobbering over the other babies was excruciating.

”He took control and went into the middle of the circle of toys,” one father, Grant Collinge, told reporters, insightfully adding: ”He hunted out the biggest toy, propped himself up and owned the place, basically.”

Granny would be proud.

CNN told its global audience: ”The eight-month-old was never going to just slip in, because he had brought the world’s media with him. But he didn’t scream, hit or break anything … just one incident of theft. Amelia Howe was playing with a plastic block. George grabbed it, Amelia screamed, and Mr and Mrs Howe apologised to the Duchess of Cambridge.”

When the media tired of the scripted photo opportunities, there was always the endless pregnancy speculation, though the Daily Mail claimed to have evidence to the contrary. Reports of the Duchess of Cambridge sipping wine and going on an extreme speed boat ride were proof positive there was no pending bun in the royal oven.

So if there was no pregnancy to speculate on, the only things left to dissect were the duchess’ hair and fashion.

According to one report in America’s Us Weekly, the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother-in-law, Camilla, ”wants Kate to cut her hair”. Not only that, royal hairdresser Denise McAdam, who served members of the royal family over a period spanning about 35 years, declared that poor Kate’s hair “maybe a little overdone at times”.

Oh God, please make it stop.


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Royal tour 2014: William and Kate attend Easter Sunday church service, visit zoo

3:08pm: Having met the real deal moments earlier, Prince George was less than impressed with the toy bilby offered to him by his mother the Duchess of Cambridge.

The baby prince gazed in fascination at the endangered marsupial scratching around in its enclosure, enticing the bilby with some food as his mother held him close to the glass fence dividing the pair.

But despite his keen interest in the bilby, Prince George proved himself no fool for the stuffed version, eagerly grabbing the toy bilby present before throwing it on the ground – and sticking the yellow gift card straight in his mouth.

 

2:51pm: An excited baby Prince George has met an equally animated bilby, renamed George in the prince’s honour. 

The bilby was previously named Boy.

The enthralled nine-month-old royal, steadied on his feet by his parents Will and Kate, reached a number of times towards the tiny marsupial, which seemed somewhat less transfixed by the royal presence than by the contents of his enclosure.

The cameras, on the other hand, only had eyes for Prince George.

2:44pm: Prince George is proving almost as popular as his mother, Kate, who has repeatedly stolen the spotlight from her husband William during their royal visit to Australia.

Tracee Harley, 42, and her eight-year-old daughter Charlotte were excited to catch a glimpse of the royal family, AAP reports.

“I’m coming to see baby George and the bilbies – that’s what we’re here for,” Ms Harley told AAP earlier on Sunday.

“I’m really excited. Actually Kate’s gorgeous, we can’t wait to get a glimpse. With baby George it’s a new generation of royals, so it’s really exciting.”

Charlotte Harley was wearing a rainbow wrist band she planned to give Kate.

“I’m really excited to see the baby bilby and George, and I want to know what Kate wears,” she said.

2:39pm: The Cambridge family arrived at the zoo, which is at capacity, at 2.25pm, AAP reports.

Kate carried George – dressed in dark blue shorts, a striped lighter blue shirt, dark blue socks and shoes – as they entered the zoo. He looked inquisitive and was chuckling and looking at the cameras.

Kate had changed out her dove-grey Alexander McQueen outfit she wore to church, into a cream broderie angalise dress by a designer who did not want to be named.

William was also dressed casually in a dark blue checked shirt and chinos. The have now gone into the enclosure to meet the bilby George, who until earlier on Sunday had been named Boy.

This is Prince George’s first royal engagement in Australia and his second official function. During the New Zealand leg of the trip, he “hosted” a play group event with other babies his age at Government House.

2:19pm: Prince George is set to arrive at Taronga Zoo with his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a matter of minutes.

The nine-month-old has joined his parents for a family day at the zoo, marking his first public engagement during the royal family’s visit to Australia.

George has been filmed in the car with William and Catherine before leaving Admiralty House for the short drive to Taronga Zoo.

During their visit, the trio will visit the bilby enclosure named after Prince George as part of Australia’s gift following his birth on July 22 last year. After the opening, where George will also meet a bilby named George in his honour, he’ll return to Admiralty House while Will and Kate will take in more sights of the zoo.

Crowds waiting for the royal couple to arrive at Taronga Zoo enjoy the view. Photo: Damien Murphy

2:02pm: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – and perhaps Prince George – will unveil a plaque at the renamed bilby exhibit at Taronga Park Zoo this afternoon. The plaque reads:

“A national gift from the Commonwealth Government to commemorate the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
 
“On 23 July 2013 the Prime Minister, the Honourable Kevin Rudd MP, announced a $10,000 sponsorship of Taronga Zoo’s Bilby exhibit and conservation work as part of Australia’s national gift to commemorate the birth of his Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge on 22 July 2013.
 
“The refurbished exhibit was officially renamed The Prince George Bilby Exhibit in the Australian Nightlife display by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Sunday 20 April 2014, during their first visit to Australia with Prince George.
 
“Taronga Zoo is very proud to be part of the national breeding program for Bilbies and to have Australia’s unique wildlife, and the work of Australian zoos to care for them, recognised as part of Australia’s national gift to Prince George. “

1:43pmInga Ting: It’s a full house for the royal visit to Taronga Zoo this afternoon.

At 1.30pm, the zoo put up a sign telling visitors it would allow no further admissions. It also sent out a message via Twitter.

 

Abbey Taylor, 7, waits with her princess doll to see the Duke and Duchess.

1:33pmDaisy Dumas: It’s not every day – or even every Easter Sunday – that royalty comes to watch you perform.

Choristers from St Andrew’s Cathedral School choir performed the Australian premiere of Trinity Te Deum, accompanied by soaring organ and brass, for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.

“I feel pretty special,” senior chorister Sebastian Andrews, 12, from Newtown, said after the service.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking, it’s not every day that you get to perform for the royals.”

He said the couple whispered to each other several times and appeared to enjoy the hour and fifteen minutes’ long service.

Members of the congregation left tightly clutching Orders of Service. Phyllis Lee, 58, from Maroubra, said she would keep hers as a souvenir of the day she worshipped alongside their royal highnesses.

“I’m so blessed, it was a real privilege to be in the presence of the future King.”

Sam Lau, 36, from Artarmon, said the service had been without pomp.

“It felt like a normal service, there was no special attention paid to them. It was quite laid-back.”

1:05pm: While it’s yet to be confirmed whether baby Prince George will accompany his parents to the ceremony to officially name Taronga Zoo’s Prince George Bilby Exhibit, Zoo officials have decided to further honour the nine-month-old by renaming one of the endangered marsupials after him.

When Prince George was born last July, the Australian government made a donation to the zoo for its Bilby preservation program, which is helping to restore numbers of the animal in the wild.

Bilbies – which are fondly considered Australia’s answer to the Easter Bunny – are the largest of the bandicoot family.

12:33pm: Excitement is building at Taronga Zoo as crowds wait for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – and possibly baby Prince George.

Hundreds of royal fans are filing into the zoo at Mosman, eager to catch a glimpse of the royals, who are due at the entrance within hours.

The duke and duchess are expected to stop at the zoo’s bilby enclosure, named after Prince George as part of Australia’s gift following his birth. They also have plans to feed tree kangaroos, see the giraffes, watch a bird show, and take in the rhino conservation display.

- AAP

12:25pm: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged from the Easter service to throngs of well-wishers. Will and Kate attended the service and signed the First Fleet Bible as part of their final duties in Sydney.

Their next stop is Taronga Zoo, where Prince George is anticipated to make a brief appearance at the unveiling of the new bilby enclosure, named in his honour.

The trio will have a chance to visit several other enclosures before flying to Canberra this afternoon.

12:18pmBrittany Ruppert: Perhaps knowing they would need to save some energy for a busy Easter Sunday, Kate and William took some time to unwind on Saturday night, kicking back to enjoy the Super Rugby match at Allianz Stadium.

The Duke enjoyed a beer while rugged-up in a blue sweater, which some would claim was a show of support for the NSW Waratahs, who defeated the South African Bulls 19-12.

The couple enjoyed their well-earned break from the comfort of a private box.

11:53am: Will and Kate’s signature’s join those of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth and King George VI today when they sign the First Fleet Bible brought to Australia and used during the first Christian service held in the colony in 1788.

11:50amDaisy Dumas: The royal motorcade has swept the couple away, possibly to a private lunch. They will later take a trip to Taronga Zoo, where little Prince George is hoped to put in a fleeting appearance for the opening of the bilby enclosure named in his honour.

Well-wishers gather at St Andrew’s Place, hoping to see the royals.

11:37am: Throngs gathered at St Andrew’s Place wait to see their royal highnesses as they leave the cathedral. The service is wrapping up shortly.

The congregation begins to file out of St Andrew’s. Hundreds of people are straining to be within a chance of seeing William and Kate’s exit from the cathedral.

St Andrew’s Cathedral Easter Day 2014 order of service.

11:29amDaisy Dumas: The Easter service is due to finish at 11.45am, after which their royal highnesses will sign the First Fleet Bible, a leather-bound King James edition which was used by chaplain Richard Johnson in the first Christian ceremony held in Australia on February 3, 1788.

The bible and Johnson’s Book of Common Prayer are foundational documents in the formation of Australia.

The Duke and Duchess’ signatures in the precious bible will join a host of other signatures from the royal family, including those of William’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth, his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana and Albert, who became King George VI.
 
The bible is housed at St Philip’s York Street Anglican Church in Sydney.

Georgia Pearson at the St Andrews Cathedral is hoping to catch a glimpse of the royals. Photo: Daisy Dumas

11:22am: Thirteen-year-old Georgia Pearson and her mother Wendy, 48, have travelled from Melbourne especially to catch a glimpse of the royals.

Georgia made a poster for the occasion, emblazoned with images of Vegemite and the message “Georgia loves George”.

The pair stayed at a hotel in Darling Harbour and have spent $1000 in the hope of a small sighting of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

“We’d just like to get a glimpse. We’re not expecting miracles but just to see them in the flesh,” said Wendy.

11:14amDaisy Dumas: The motorcade sits and waits as the Duke and Duchess attend the Easter Sunday service at St Andrew’s Cathedral. Crowds watch and wait … and take photograph of the police, who are also watching and waiting.

The motorcade waits as the Duke and Duchess attend the Easter Sunday service at St Andrew’s Cathedral. Photo: Daisy Dumas

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and wife Margie attend the Easter Sunday service at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney.

11:03amDaisy Dumas: Interesting to note that devout Catholic Tony Abbott is celebrating Easter in a Protestant cathedral, alongside the future leader of the Church of England.

The service is certainly far more relaxed and easy-going than the affair the Duke and Duchess might normally attend at Easter.

Jokes have been made about microphone malfunctions while the audience clapped and laughed after the Sunday school choir’s performance.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at St Andrew’s Cathedral for Easter Sunday Service. Photo: Getty Images

11:02am: The Duchess looks stunning in an Alexander McQueen funnel neck coat and Jane Taylor hat.

Unsurprisingly, the tailored coat appears to be sold out as online sellers reap big profits from a public that can’t seem to get enough of Catherine’s style.

 

10:50amDaisy Dumas: Crowds outside St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney are diminutive compared to those in Brisbane yesterday. Speakers are projecting the magisterial choir music from the service into a relatively empty Cathedral Square. Plenty of space to move around.

Crowds await the arrival of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Britain’s Prince William outside Sydney’s St Andrew’s Cathedral. Photo: Reuters

10:49amDaisy Dumas: Georgia and Wendy Pearson caught a fleeting glimpse – no more than a snatched second or two – of the royals after spending $1000 to travel to Sydney to see the Duke and Duchess in the flesh. Was it worth it?

“Definitely,” said an elated Wendy. “I loved what she was wearing.”

“I don’t think she saw my poster,” said Georgia.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Britain’s Prince William arrive at Sydney’s St Andrew’s Cathedral. Photo: Reuters

10:45am: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s will spend their final day in Sydney at the Easter Sunday church service at St Andrews Cathedral and opening the bilby enclosure named after little Prince George at Taronga Zoo.

The trio will leave for Canberra later this afternoon.

10:40amInga Ting: Reporter Daisy Dumas is among hundreds of wellwishers who have gathered in Cathedral Square, hoping to catch a glimpse and maybe even exchange a handshake with the royal couple.

10:40am: Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie have arrived at St Andrews Cathedral where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend their final morning in Sydney attending an Easter Sunday church service.

Loud screams greet the royal motorcade as it pulls up. It’s the kind of unbridled enthusiasm usually reserved for boy bands, rather than a Sunday church service.

Prince William and Catherine to visit Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, Manly beach …


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally hit the Australian sand, after arriving at Manly Beach.






MANLY offered up a picture perfect day for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they took a stroll along the beach and mingled with some lucky Surf Life Saving nippers this afternoon.


William and Catherine arrived in Manly just after 3.30pm to a tide of cheering well-wishers, blue skies and perfect swell at the iconic beach.

Thousands lined North Steyne to catch a glimpse of the pair before they walked down to the beach to watch Surf Life Saving demonstrations.

The Duchess watches how a flotation device is fitted around the waist of a member of a local surf life saving club. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia




Prince William uses the starters pistol to begin one of the races at a Surf Life Saving event. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia




On the sand, close to 100 nippers, aged 12-15, kept the crowd entertained competing in beach flag, swimming and board events.

Wearing a white dress by Australian label Zimmermann, Kate smiled, waved and shook hands with the youngsters before firing the start gun for a race.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have finally hit the Australian sand but they didn’t get any between their royal toes — electing to keep their shoes on.

Kate waves to the crowd while being escorted by North Steyne Surf Club captain Shannon Job — and keeping her shoes on. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia




Duchess Kate is surrounded by young lifesavers from the local surf life saving clubs. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia





A six-foot surfboard, made by local Greg Bennett, was presented to the couple as a gift to Prince George.

And Manly resident Giovanni Testini waited for royal entourage to hand over a pair of mini budgie smugglers for the royal baby.

“We’ve come down to give George a pair of budgie smugglers and we’ve got a pair for the Prince as well,” Mr Testini said.

“It’s good for Australia, the whole family coming through. It’s exciting.”

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Manly Beach to watch the nippers perform. Picture: Bradley Hunter
Source: News Corp Australia




The massive crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of William and Catherine at the Manly Beach.
Source: News Corp Australia




Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NSW Premier Mike Baird accompanied the royal couple to show off their local surf spot.

Crowds started building at Manly foreshore from about midday and those who missed out on the foreshore action jostled for spots on the balconies of nearby pubs and apartment buildings.

Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven and life saving legend Naomi Flood greeted the couple.

They were then guided through a demonstration by Ms Flood and SLS Sydney Northern Beaches director of education Shannon Job.

Jarrod Allen (left) and Giovanni Testini in their budgie smugglers waiting for a chance to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Manly Beach. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia




Royal fans await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess at Manly. Picture: Bradley Hunter
Source: Supplied




Happy memories were created at Manly’s Bear Cottage with the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the children’s hospice.

The visit to the palliative care hospice in Manly was of special importance to the duchess, who is the royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in the UK and visited Rainbow Place, a similar facility in New Zealand.

Duchess Kate sings “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with patients and their families during her visit to Bear Cottage. Picture Gregg Porteous
Source: News Corp Australia





Prime Minister Tony Abbott, his wife Margie and new NSW Premier Mike Baird welcomed the couple to Bear Cottage, one of only two children’s hospices in Australia. The other is Hummingbird House in Brisbane.

“Part of Bear Cottage is about creating happy memories for children whose lives are shortened, and this is certainly going to create a very happy memory for those families,” the centre’s nursing unit manager, Narelle Martin, told AAP.

The Duchess gives one young patient the thumbs up during her visit. Picture Gregg Porteous
Source: News Corp Australia





“To the families it means a lot to them — a really memorable memory.” The duke and duchess have different events in the hospice, including arts and crafts, and music therapy sessions. They’ll enjoy afternoon tea with families.

Bear Cottage can house up to eight children and their families. Its facilities includes two private two-bedroom apartments.

Kate talks with patients and their families during her visit to Bear Cottage. Picture Gregg Porteous
Source: News Corp Australia




Since the cottage opened 12 years ago, it has been a second home for the families of many dying children.

The children come for respite for a week at a time, or for longer if they’re at the end of their illness.

Earlier, the smell of Dagwood Dogs wafted across the Royal Easter Show. Bertie Beetle’s presence loomed large.

And a fully grown man stood in front of a haunted house screaming, “I love you William!”

KATE CAUSES ROYAL FUSS WITH DRESS AT EASTER SHOW

It was just another day in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s extraordinary tour Down Under.

The royals arrived at the Sydney Showground just before 11am on Good Friday, the third day of their 10-day tour of Australia.

An eventful start to the Royal visit of the Royal Easter Show, with one of the security guards collapsing prior to their arrival.


A security is carried inside after fainting just before the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Picture: Adam Taylor
Source: News Corp Australia




William Catherine are greeted at the Sydney Royal Easter Show by Glenn Dudley, President of Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and his wife Jennifer. Picture: AFP
Source: AFP





As at Sydney Opera House on Wednesday and the Blue Mountains on Thursday, Prince William and Kate were greeted by wild cheers and applause. It was a Hollywood entrance but just a fleeting glimpse for many of the hundreds of wellwishers who gathered to see the royals.

The couple stepped out of their motorcade in front of the Hollywood Horrors haunted house ride before being whisked inside to see fruit and vegetable displays.

Kate Middleton arrives at the Sydney Easter Show in her Zimmermann day dress — which quickly sent the label’s site into near-meltdown. Picture: INF
Source: INF




The Duchess meets Fred, a superfine wool merino from Wellington. Picture: Melvyn Knipe
Source: News Corp Australia





William wore a dark suit with a blue tie, and Kate dazzled in a white dress.

They waved happily. William gave his shy smile. The crowd went wild again.

FIFTEEN THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE ROYALS

The couple were greeted by the president of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, Glenn Dudley, and his wife, Jennifer, before being taken to look at a fresh food display in the main exhibition dome.

A female security guard collapsed just before the royals arrived and was loaded into an ambulance.

It might have been the bright sunshine. It might have been the royal effect. Australians have warmed to William and Kate this trip.

“They’re such a lovely couple. They’re so much in love,” Margaret Bryant from Cowra said.

PRINCE WILLIAM TAKES PEAK OVER THE EDGE

BABY BAGGY FOR PRINCE GEORGE

She and her pals Margaret Wright and Marie Whiteman — all in their 80s — arrived in Sydney at 3am to see the royals.

“I thought they were spectacular and I’m glad they’ve come,” Ms Wright said.

AN excited crowd has greeted the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show.


The Duke greets the adoring Easter Show crowds.
Source: News Corp Australia




The Duchess.
Source: News Corp Australia




The royals saw sheep shearing, vegetables, showbags, skateboarding and snakes.

They greeted more crowds next to a carousel.

Then it was back on the Australian tour merry-go-round as the royals were whisked off to Manly for their second engagement of the day.

The couple were due at Bear Cottage children’s hospice before a visit to the beach to see a demonstration of surf lifesaving skills.

Fans watch on as Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Katherine visit the Sydney Royal Easter Show today.
Source: News Corp Australia




Baby Prince George can look forward to getting a gift of a six-foot surfboard when he joins his parents at attend a surf carnival at Sydney’s beachside suburb of Manly today, on the third day of their royal tour.

KATE EFFECT STRIKES AGAIN: DUCHESS’S DRESS SELLS OUT

The surfboard was commissioned by Manly mayor Jean Hay and is being made in a factory by local man Greg Bennett.

Surf Life Saving NSW is putting on the surf carnival, including demonstrations of water safety and races for nippers.

William and Kate visit the Royal Easter Show and see Fred, a Super fine wool Marino from Wellington. Picture: Melvyn Knipe
Source: News Corp Australia




Prime Minister Tony Abbott also is expected to attend the event.

The head nurse at Bear Cottage children’s hospice says the royal visit will create happy memories for sick kids and their families.

Narelle Martin said some of the young patients have cancer, while others have rare genetic disorders.

The kids come for respite for a week at a time or for longer if they’re at the end of their illness.

Prince William and Catherine to visit Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, Manly beach …


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally hit the Australian sand, after arriving at Manly Beach.






MANLY offered up a picture perfect day for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they took a stroll along the beach and mingled with some lucky Surf Life Saving nippers this afternoon.


William and Catherine arrived in Manly just after 3.30pm to a tide of cheering well-wishers, blue skies and perfect swell at the iconic beach.

Thousands lined North Steyne to catch a glimpse of the pair before they walked down to the beach to watch Surf Life Saving demonstrations.

The Duchess watches how a flotation device is fitted around the waist of a member of a local surf life saving club. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia




Prince William uses the starters pistol to begin one of the races at a Surf Life Saving event. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia




On the sand, close to 100 nippers, aged 12-15, kept the crowd entertained competing in beach flag, swimming and board events.

Wearing a white dress by Australian label Zimmermann, Kate smiled, waved and shook hands with the youngsters before firing the start gun for a race.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have finally hit the Australian sand but they didn’t get any between their royal toes — electing to keep their shoes on.

Kate waves to the crowd while being escorted by North Steyne Surf Club captain Shannon Job — and keeping her shoes on. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia




Duchess Kate is surrounded by young lifesavers from the local surf life saving clubs. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia





A six-foot surfboard, made by local Greg Bennett, was presented to the couple as a gift to Prince George.

And Manly resident Giovanni Testini waited for royal entourage to hand over a pair of mini budgie smugglers for the royal baby.

“We’ve come down to give George a pair of budgie smugglers and we’ve got a pair for the Prince as well,” Mr Testini said.

“It’s good for Australia, the whole family coming through. It’s exciting.”

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Manly Beach to watch the nippers perform. Picture: Bradley Hunter
Source: News Corp Australia




The massive crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of William and Catherine at the Manly Beach.
Source: News Corp Australia




Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NSW Premier Mike Baird accompanied the royal couple to show off their local surf spot.

Crowds started building at Manly foreshore from about midday and those who missed out on the foreshore action jostled for spots on the balconies of nearby pubs and apartment buildings.

Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven and life saving legend Naomi Flood greeted the couple.

They were then guided through a demonstration by Ms Flood and SLS Sydney Northern Beaches director of education Shannon Job.

Jarrod Allen (left) and Giovanni Testini in their budgie smugglers waiting for a chance to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Manly Beach. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: News Corp Australia




Royal fans await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess at Manly. Picture: Bradley Hunter
Source: Supplied




Happy memories were created at Manly’s Bear Cottage with the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the children’s hospice.

The visit to the palliative care hospice in Manly was of special importance to the duchess, who is the royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in the UK and visited Rainbow Place, a similar facility in New Zealand.

Duchess Kate sings “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with patients and their families during her visit to Bear Cottage. Picture Gregg Porteous
Source: News Corp Australia





Prime Minister Tony Abbott, his wife Margie and new NSW Premier Mike Baird welcomed the couple to Bear Cottage, one of only two children’s hospices in Australia. The other is Hummingbird House in Brisbane.

“Part of Bear Cottage is about creating happy memories for children whose lives are shortened, and this is certainly going to create a very happy memory for those families,” the centre’s nursing unit manager, Narelle Martin, told AAP.

The Duchess gives one young patient the thumbs up during her visit. Picture Gregg Porteous
Source: News Corp Australia





“To the families it means a lot to them — a really memorable memory.” The duke and duchess have different events in the hospice, including arts and crafts, and music therapy sessions. They’ll enjoy afternoon tea with families.

Bear Cottage can house up to eight children and their families. Its facilities includes two private two-bedroom apartments.

Kate talks with patients and their families during her visit to Bear Cottage. Picture Gregg Porteous
Source: News Corp Australia




Since the cottage opened 12 years ago, it has been a second home for the families of many dying children.

The children come for respite for a week at a time, or for longer if they’re at the end of their illness.

Earlier, the smell of Dagwood Dogs wafted across the Royal Easter Show. Bertie Beetle’s presence loomed large.

And a fully grown man stood in front of a haunted house screaming, “I love you William!”

KATE CAUSES ROYAL FUSS WITH DRESS AT EASTER SHOW

It was just another day in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s extraordinary tour Down Under.

The royals arrived at the Sydney Showground just before 11am on Good Friday, the third day of their 10-day tour of Australia.

An eventful start to the Royal visit of the Royal Easter Show, with one of the security guards collapsing prior to their arrival.


A security is carried inside after fainting just before the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Picture: Adam Taylor
Source: News Corp Australia




William Catherine are greeted at the Sydney Royal Easter Show by Glenn Dudley, President of Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and his wife Jennifer. Picture: AFP
Source: AFP





As at Sydney Opera House on Wednesday and the Blue Mountains on Thursday, Prince William and Kate were greeted by wild cheers and applause. It was a Hollywood entrance but just a fleeting glimpse for many of the hundreds of wellwishers who gathered to see the royals.

The couple stepped out of their motorcade in front of the Hollywood Horrors haunted house ride before being whisked inside to see fruit and vegetable displays.

Kate Middleton arrives at the Sydney Easter Show in her Zimmermann day dress — which quickly sent the label’s site into near-meltdown. Picture: INF
Source: INF




The Duchess meets Fred, a superfine wool merino from Wellington. Picture: Melvyn Knipe
Source: News Corp Australia





William wore a dark suit with a blue tie, and Kate dazzled in a white dress.

They waved happily. William gave his shy smile. The crowd went wild again.

FIFTEEN THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE ROYALS

The couple were greeted by the president of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, Glenn Dudley, and his wife, Jennifer, before being taken to look at a fresh food display in the main exhibition dome.

A female security guard collapsed just before the royals arrived and was loaded into an ambulance.

It might have been the bright sunshine. It might have been the royal effect. Australians have warmed to William and Kate this trip.

“They’re such a lovely couple. They’re so much in love,” Margaret Bryant from Cowra said.

PRINCE WILLIAM TAKES PEAK OVER THE EDGE

BABY BAGGY FOR PRINCE GEORGE

She and her pals Margaret Wright and Marie Whiteman — all in their 80s — arrived in Sydney at 3am to see the royals.

“I thought they were spectacular and I’m glad they’ve come,” Ms Wright said.

AN excited crowd has greeted the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show.


The Duke greets the adoring Easter Show crowds.
Source: News Corp Australia




The Duchess.
Source: News Corp Australia




The royals saw sheep shearing, vegetables, showbags, skateboarding and snakes.

They greeted more crowds next to a carousel.

Then it was back on the Australian tour merry-go-round as the royals were whisked off to Manly for their second engagement of the day.

The couple were due at Bear Cottage children’s hospice before a visit to the beach to see a demonstration of surf lifesaving skills.

Fans watch on as Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Katherine visit the Sydney Royal Easter Show today.
Source: News Corp Australia




Baby Prince George can look forward to getting a gift of a six-foot surfboard when he joins his parents at attend a surf carnival at Sydney’s beachside suburb of Manly today, on the third day of their royal tour.

KATE EFFECT STRIKES AGAIN: DUCHESS’S DRESS SELLS OUT

The surfboard was commissioned by Manly mayor Jean Hay and is being made in a factory by local man Greg Bennett.

Surf Life Saving NSW is putting on the surf carnival, including demonstrations of water safety and races for nippers.

William and Kate visit the Royal Easter Show and see Fred, a Super fine wool Marino from Wellington. Picture: Melvyn Knipe
Source: News Corp Australia




Prime Minister Tony Abbott also is expected to attend the event.

The head nurse at Bear Cottage children’s hospice says the royal visit will create happy memories for sick kids and their families.

Narelle Martin said some of the young patients have cancer, while others have rare genetic disorders.

The kids come for respite for a week at a time or for longer if they’re at the end of their illness.

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