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Huge crowds turn out for Kate and William's walkabout

Thousands of royal revellers have turned out in Brisbane to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they walked about greeting locals.


William gets up close and personal with well wishers who've waited hours in the sun


Everyone's a snapper these days. The crowd for the Brisbane walkabout


Duchess of Cambridge takes helm of fighter plane

The Duchess of Cambridge relegated her husband to the role of an onlooker when she turned down his offer to jump into the back seat - of a fighter jet.

Yesterday she suggested he try an alpaca toupee, and this morning she took control of a sophisticated fighter plane, sitting in the pilot's front seat.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit in the cockpit of an F/A-18F Super Hornet Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA pool

The Duke had made an offer to his wife he believed she could not refuse, asking: "Do you fancy jumping in the back?" But the Duchess was not about to miss the opportunity to see for herself the multimillion-pound plane's cockpit.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to RAAF base Amberley in Brisbane. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA pool


Duchess of Cambridge plants tree at airforce base

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge planted a tree of remembrance in honour of airforce members who gave their life at the Royal Australian Airforce Base at Amberley in Brisbane, Australia.

Duchess of Cambridge plants a tree at the RAAF Amberley airbase near Brisban Credit: Reuters
Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she watches a military plane fly past while standing beside her husband Prince William Credit: Reuters
Duchess of Cambridge, receives a bunch of flowers during a visit to the RAAF Amberley airbase near Brisbane Credit: Reuters

William and Kate arrive in Queensland airbase

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at an airbase in Queensland.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart is in Australia:


William and Kate arrive at Amberley Air Force base in Queensland. Hope they've got sun block


While William inspects the guard Kate heads for the shade. It's a scorcher here


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

Read: Kate says Australia trip will always be 'fondly' remembered

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


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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