PRINCE William, Kate and Prince George have officially touched down in Australia for their 10-day tour.
The Royals disembarked from a Royal Australian Air Force jet in Sydney around 2.35pm where they were greeted by the Governor General and Prime Minister Tony Abbot.
Kate stepped off the plane, matching the glorious sunny Sydney weather in a Roksanda Ilincic yellow and white dress.
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The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge made their way to the Sydney Opera House in a royal motorcade for their first official appearance shortly after 3pm, where thousands of people had filled the forecourt to catch a glimpse of the couple.
On Saturday, it’s Queensland’s turn when William and Kate touch down at the Amberley Air Force base in Ipswich in the morning before making their way to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre where Governor Penelope Wensley and Premier Campbell Newman will host a gala invitation-only reception.
The Royal couple will then leave the convention centre and engage in a public meet-and-greet walk at South Bank around 2.50pm. They will walk down Russell Street – starting at the Grey Street end – and continuing on to the Cultural Forecourt.
Royal watchers are encouraged to get to South Bank early on Saturday to snap up the best vantage point. A big screen will also be erected on the Cultural Forecourt to ensure everyone has a prime view.
Their Royal Highnesses will spend no more than six hours in the Queensland capital.
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April 16 – Sydney: Arrive and attend reception at the Sydney Opera House.
April 17 – Sydney: Fire-ravaged street in Blue Mountains.
April 18 – Sydney: Attend Royal Easter Show, visit a children’s clinic & watch a surf life-saving demo.
April 19 – Brisbane: RAAF base visit then reception for Queensland’s young people & public meet-and-greet walk.
April 20 – Sydney: Cathedral service & visit to Taronga Zoo where the bilby enclosure will be named after Prince George.
April 21 – Rest.
April 22 – Uluru (Ayres Rock): Visit the National Indigenous Training Academy, view Aboriginal art display
April 23 – Adelaide: View young people’s music workshop and watch skateboarding display.
April 24 – Canberra: Visit National Portrait Gallery, attend reception at Parliament House, plant tree at the National Arboretum.
April 25 – Canberra: Attend ANZAC Day March, lay a wreath & plant a ‘Lone Pine’ tree in the Memorial Garden.