William praises Australia as Cambridges arrive in Sydney

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Australia with Prince George to begin their 10-day tour.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Australia with Prince George to begin their 10-day tour. Photo: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Duke of Cambridge has praised Australia for being a "beacon of confidence" as thousands of Australians turned out to greet him and his family as they arrived in the country.

ITV News Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart reports:

William and Kate were met with cheers as they visited Sydney's iconic Opera House for a reception to mark the start of their 10-day tour of Australia.

William and Kate pose near the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
William and Kate pose near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The royal couple also posed for "selfies" with some of the waiting crowd members.

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to a young boy in the crowd at the Sydney Opera House.

Meanwhile Prince George received a special gift from Australia's Governor-General - a cuddly wombat.

Prince George, with his parents, receives a gift from the Governor-General.
Prince George, with his parents, receives a gift from the Governor-General. Credit: Commonwealth of Australia and Auspic

The eight-month-old prince is expected to make an appearance on Sunday when his parents take him to Sydney's Taronga Zoo where an enclosure housing bilbys - a rabbit-like marsupial - will be named after him.

The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by well-wishers at the Sydney Opera House.
The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by well-wishers at the Sydney Opera House. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP/Press Association Images

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."