Wednesday 21 February 2018

George is a very podgy little baby says Kate

Prince William and his wife Kate, 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
Prince William and his wife Kate, 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

Gordon Rayner Sydney

Not everyone will agree with his mother that he is a "very podgy baby". But there was little doubt that Prince George is already one of the royal family's most potent assets as he and his parents landed in Australia yesterday.

Earlier, the couple had been given a rousing send-off in New Zealand, where the biggest crowd of their 10 days there turned out to say goodbye.

Kate told one well-wisher: "Sorry we couldn't bring George. He was asleep. He's a very podgy baby."

Britain's future king was also a huge hit from the moment he touched down in Sydney, in the arms of his mum, who cemented her own popularity by wearing yellow, the colour of the Wallabies rugby team. After ending their tour of New Zealand the William and Kate flew to Sydney, where the infant prince was shown off in a white top embroidered with sailing boats. Their arrival in Australia was overshadowed by the resignation of Barry O'Farrell, the Premier of New South Wales, after he was caught lying to a corruption inquiry. Mr O'Farrell was unable to co-host a welcoming reception at Sydney Opera House, having quit his job yesterday morning after he was proved to have received a €2,000 bottle of wine from a party donor, having previously testified that he did not.

After handing over the prince to his nanny, the Duke and Duchess made their way to the Opera House in autumn sunshine, where they were greeted by a crowd of around 3,000, restricted in number by the police to avoid a crush.

In a speech to invited guests, the duke, who first visited as a baby in 1983, said: "I suspect George's first word might be 'bilby' – only because 'koala' is harder to say. We really look forward to our time here together as a family."

The governor of New South Wales, Marie Bashir, described their arrival at the start of a 10-day visit as a "historic and also joyful" occasion. The duchess, wearing a Roksanda Ilincic shift dress which the duke said made her look "like a banana", paused with her husband to admire the stunning view of the Harbour Bridge. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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