Tuesday 21 October 2014

G'day Kate! Middleton steals the show in sunshine yellow as royal family touch down in Australia

Tony Jones

Published 16/04/2014 | 06:54

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Australia for the second leg of their tour Down Under with Prince George in their arms.

William and Kate left rain-soaked New Zealand and flew to sunny Sydney for a 10-day visit that will see them travel across the nation visiting famous sites, honouring its war dead and recognising the achievements of individuals.

The royal couple arrived as a political scandal broke which forced one of Australia's senior figures to pull out of the official greeting party.

Barry O'Farrell resigned as premier of New South Wales a few hours before the couple arrived after a document emerged contradicting evidence he gave to an anti-corruption inquiry yesterday.

The politician had insisted he did not receive a £1,600 bottle of wine from the former chief executive of Australian Water Holdings, a water infrastructure company at the centre of the investigation, but a thank you note he wrote for the wine has emerged.

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, laugh as their son Prince George shakes the hand of Lynne Cosgrove, wife of the Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove, after arriving in Sydney, April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Mr O'Farrell was due to greet the royal couple on the tarmac, and later at a visit to Sydney Opera House, but did not attend the welcome ceremony on at the airport and was not replaced by another official.

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, laugh as their son Prince George shakes the hand of Lynne Cosgrove, wife of the Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove, after arriving in Sydney, April 16, 2014. Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate and their son Prince George flew from New Zealand to Australia, where they will now spend nine-days touring the country.  REUTERS/Phil Noble (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, laugh as their son Prince George shakes the hand of Lynne Cosgrove, wife of the Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove, after arriving in Sydney, April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Britain's Prince William carries his son Prince George next to officials as he arrives with his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Sydney Airport April 16, 2014. Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate and their son Prince George flew from New Zealand to Australia, where they will now spend nine days touring the country. REUTERS/Phil Noble (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)
Britain's Prince William carries his son Prince George next to officials as he arrives with his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Sydney Airport April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble
The Duke and Duchess leave the Sydney Opera House following a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of New South Wales during the tenth day of their official tour to New Zealand and Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 16, 2014. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess leave the Sydney Opera House following a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of New South Wales during the tenth day of their official tour to New Zealand and Australia. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Those who met the royal pair included prime minister Tony Abbott and governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove, their spouses and other figures.

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Britain's Prince William carries his son Prince George as he arrives with his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Sydney airport  April 16, 2014.   REUTERS/Phil Noble 

William and Kate appeared at the top of the steps pushed against the Royal Australian Air Force plane after it had taxied along the tarmac at Kingsford Smith Airport for a few minutes.

The Duchess was wearing a yellow dress by Roksanda Ilincic and carried George in her left arm.

At the bottom of the steps were the gathered dignitaries and the royal couple moved along the line shaking hands and saying hello.

The governor-general's wife Lynne shared a light moment with George shaking the eight-month-old's hand.

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Britain's Prince William reacts while carrying his son Prince George as he arrives with his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Sydney airport April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Waiting at the end was Joscelyn Sweeney, 22, who has Down's syndrome and was holding a posy to present to the Duchess.

Kate handed George to William as she accepted the blooms and the Duke held his son out in front and jiggled him up and down.

George, wearing a white cotton babygrow with a row of ships on the front, looked lively waving his arms about.

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