Royal tour: How William and Kate became selfie kings
Prince William and Kate Middleton broke with royal protocol to pose for pictures with members of the public
Once upon a time, royalists would stand on the pavement all day for the chance of a handshake with a member of the royal family.
Nowadays, nothing less than a selfie will do, and Australians, never backward in coming forward, are proving themselves to be masters of the art.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in a whole clutch of photographs taken by people in the crowd in Sydney, some of which they agreed to pose for, while others were cheekily snapped as they passed by.
Nina Kiwarkis, 52, from Sydney, managed to get separate pictures of herself with first the Duke and then the Duchess outside Sydney Opera House after she was chosen to be introduced to them because she is waiting for a heart and lung transplant.
She said: “It wasn’t a surprise they stopped but it was a lovely experience. They heard me shouting to them to keep St Vincent’s Heart and Lung Unit in their prayers.
“Prince William wanted to know about the unit here in Sydney and the work it did, so I explained it to him. I told both him and Kate how I myself am waiting for a heart and lung transplant.
"They seemed very interested and were a lovely couple. It was a very special day.”
Marian Khamis and the Duchess
Her friend Marian Khamis also managed to get a selfie with the Duchess before she moved on further down the crowd and was photographed by Chloe Skafte, a 19-year-old student who gave the Duchess a bunch of proteas.
The Duchess came over to her after noticing she was wearing a yellow top with white polka dots which matched the colour of the Duchess’s dress.
Nina Kiwarkis and Prince William
Miss Skafte said: “She told me ‘I love your yellow blouse’. I said ‘thank you so much for coming to Sydney. I’m so glad you’re here’. I took a picture of myself with her behind me.
“I can’t believe I met her. Oh my God, Kate Middleton!”
The Duchess also appeared in a number of selfies while she was in New Zealand, including one taken in Christchurch where she was pictured smiling at the camera as a teenaged boy took a photo of himself which he later posted on Twitter.
The Duchess and Chloe Skafte