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Duchess: Australia will be 'such a happy memory'

The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked everyone who has welcomed her and her son George "so incredibly warmly" on their first visit to Australia.

Speaking at the children's hospice Bear Cottage she said of her trip:

"To be here as a family has been very special and we'll always remember it as such a happy memory. Thank you for inviting us here and for such a generous welcome."

Kate suggests solution for William's bald patch

The Duchess of Cambridge poked fun at her husband during their tour of Australia after she suggested that the perfect solution for his bald patch would be an alpaca toupee.

Kate and William at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP

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The royal couple met exhibitor Lyn Crejan, 67, at the prestigious Sydney Royal Easter Show, who showed Kate and William a tuft of alpaca wool - which was a similar shade of brown to the Duke's hair.

The Duchess, who wore a white Zimmermann dress, joked about her husband using it as a wig.

Ms Crejan, a farmer from the settlement of Glenn Innes in New South Wales, said: "The Prince was interested in the alpaca and as I showed it to them the Princess said he should put it on his head.

"She said, 'you need it more than me', and pointed to his head and he laughed."

Pictures: Duke and Duchess watch life-saving displays on beach

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Kate: Australia trip will always be fondly remembered

The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked Australia for the warm welcome she and baby Prince George have received and said the visit "will always be remembered with fond and happy memories".

The Duchess of Cambridge (right) visits children and relatives at Bear Cottage in Sydney Credit: Mark Large/PA

Kate, who was visiting a children's hospice in Sydney with William, praised many people including prime minister Tony Abbott and thousands of well-wishers who have greeted the Cambridges since their tour began a few days ago.

The Duchess toured Sydney's Bear Cottage - one of only two children's hospices in Australia - and praised the centre as a "haven" that was "inspirational".

Kate, who is royal patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospice (Each), said in a speech: "If I may, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has welcomed me and George so incredibly warmly on our first visit.

"To be here together as a family has been very special and we will always remember it with fond and happy memories."

The Duchess added: "First class delivery of children's palliative care is life changing. When families are confronted with the shattering news that their children have a life limiting condition, their world can fall apart. It is at those times that professional support is imperative."

Pictures: Duke and Duchess watch life-saving displays on beach

Duke and Duchess watch life-saving displays on Manly Beach

The Duke and Duchess have viewed a surf life-saving display as well as meeting volunteers at the popular Manly Beach in Sydney.

The Dutchess went down onto the beach and watched the performance, acting out a race to the sea front like a life guard.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, runs across Manly beach imitating the life guards. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble

The Royal couple are currently on their twelfth day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official tour to New Zealand and Australia.

The Duchess of Cambridge runs across the beach Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

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Kate and William meet Fred the ram in Sydney

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Fred the ram as they visited the Royal Easter Show at Sydney Olympic Park.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today visited the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble
Photographers look on as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Fred the ram. Credit: Press Association

Duke and Duchess visit Royal Easter Show in Sydney

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have today visited the Royal Easter Show at Sydney Olympic Park.

The royal couple observed sheep shearing and learnt more about rural produce during the short visit.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today visited the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. Credit: Instagram/Clarence House
The couple are on day 12 of their tour of New Zealand and Australia. Credit: Instagram/Clarence House
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