William, Kate and Prince George Say Goodbye To New Zealand; Hello To Sydney!

After spending nine days touring the island, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said goodbye to New Zealand and boarded a plane to Sydney with their son Prince George on Wednesday.

Prince William, Catherine & their son Prince George at Wellington airport

During the almost 4-hour flight Catherine(Kate) changed out of her Rebecca Taylor suit into a yellow dress by designer Roksanda Ilincic.

Prince William, Catherine & their son Prince George disembark at Sydney airport

Off to tour the city immediately, Kate and William attended a reception at Sydney’s iconic Opera House to mark the start of their 10-day tour of Australia.

Afterwards they went on a walkabout around the steps of the famous building greeting the crowds.

Prince William, Catherine and their son Prince George at Wellington airport

In a speech at the reception, The Duke said that he and his wife had been looking forward to the visit for a long time and how The Queen held the nation in high affection.

He said,

“Her Majesty spoke recently of how, since her first visit here 60 years ago, she has been privileged to witness Australia’s growing economy and flowering self-confidence.

“For Catherine, Harry and me, born in the early 80s, we’ve never known anything else – Australia and Australians have always been for us a beacon of confidence, creativity in the arts and sporting ability.”

The proud father also mentioned his son, Prince George, saying:

“I don’t think I could finish these brief words to you without mentioning one other family member, George, who is now busy forging his own link with Australia.

“Catherine and I were very grateful for the many kind messages and gifts from across the country that we received when George was born.”

Prince William, Catherine(kate) & their son Prince George disembark at Sydney airport
The palace’s official website reveals that the eight-month-old Prince is expected to make an appearance on Sunday when his parents take him to Taronga zoo in Sydney where an enclosure housing bilbys – a rabbit-like marsupial – will be named after him.

William joked,

“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.”


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Founder of Growing Your Baby and World Traveled Family. Canadian mom of 2 boys, photo addict, lover of bulldogs, and museumgoer. Always looking for our next vacation spot!

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