Kate Middleton admits to 'pining for Prince George' while fulfilling royal duties
The Duchess of Cambridge has admitted pining for her baby son Prince George while away from him on a Down Under tour engagement.
William and Kate made the decision to bring eight-month-old George on their 19-day trip to New Zealand and Australia.
They planned their logistical arrangements so the baby, who will one day be King, could remain settled in a series of hubs while they travelled to engagements.
And George's nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, has been looking after him during the day.
But like any other new mother, the Duchess appears to be missing her son even when separated for a few hours.
During a visit to an Australian air force base near Brisbane, Kate told Hanna Pearce, whose father David Pearce was killed in an improvised explosive device blast in Oruzgan province in October 2007, about her feelings.
Ms Pearce told Australia's Channel Nine News: "We talked a little bit about baby George. She said she wishes he was there with her because she misses him."
The Duke and Duchess have mentioned a few times to members of the public how their son is teething and drooling heavily but got over his jetlag and is now sleeping.
With very few evening engagements in the programme the couple have the opportunity to see their son in the early evening.
It is likely they have been bathing their baby, who will soon be nine months old, and putting him to bed after returning at the end of the day.
The Cambridges are the guests of Australia's Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove at his official Sydney residence Admiralty House for the first part of their tour.