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Sydney welcomes Will and Kate with sunshine and cheers

Britain's Prince William and wife Kate charmed a welcoming crowd at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday as they began the Australian leg of a tour Down Under with baby Prince George. The couple touched down in Sydney after a 10-day visit to New Zealand in which the royal infant George was the star attraction, and were taken by motorcade to the iconic harbourside building. Addressing a reception inside the Opera House, Prince William praised Australia's efforts in leading the search to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the remote Indian Ocean.

William, Kate and baby George kick off Australia tour

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate flew into Sydney on Wednesday with their baby son George to kick off the Australian leg of their tour Down Under. The royals disembarked from an Australian air force 737 under sunny skies after arriving from New Zealand, an AFP photographer said. Eight-month-old Prince George was in his mother's arms as Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove -- who represents William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in Australia -- greeted the couple at Kingsford Smith airport.

Royals lap up puppy love as New Zealand tour wraps up

Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine experienced Wednesday some puppy love from German Shepherds destined to be police dogs before departing New Zealand with baby Prince George for the Australian leg of a three-week tour. The couple, who included their own dog Lupo in an official family portrait released last month, fussed over the puppies and questioned their foster carers at Wellington's Royal New Zealand Police College about the animals' eating and exercise habits. "Do they eat all your shoes?" Kate asked as she held a chewing pup.

William fuels speculation of second royal baby

Royal watchers were scrutinising the duchess of Cambridge on her New Zealand tour Sunday, after husband Prince William appeared to hint a second baby is on the way. The royals' eight-month-old son Prince George, third in line to the British throne, has been the star of their New Zealand tour so far. But William suggested during a walkabout in the North Island town of Cambridge there may soon be another royal baby to share the spotlight.

William and Kate go walkabout in New Zealand

Britain's Prince William and wife Kate honoured New Zealand's war dead at a sombre ceremony Thursday, then delighted the crowds when they went walkabout in the small South Island town of Blenheim. The royal couple laid a wreath of red roses at the town's war memorial for the centenary of World War I and marked a minute's silence, before moving along ranks of aged veterans lined up with medals pinned to their chests.

Baby George has royal play day in New Zealand

Britain's baby Prince George hosted his first ever official function on Wednesday -- maintaining a regal calm on a play date with a group of New Zealand toddlers, even as some of the others burst into tears. The eight-month old, whose parents Prince William and Kate began a tour of New Zealand on Monday, met 10 local babies at Wellington's Government House at a play session organised by non-profit childcare group Plunket.

Baby George set for royal play day in New Zealand

Britain's baby Prince George will host his first ever official function on Wednesday, when he has a play date with a group of New Zealand toddlers in Wellington. The eight-month old, who landed in New Zealand on Monday with parents Prince William and Kate, will meet 10 local babies at an event in Government House organised by non-profit childcare group Plunket. It will be the first time that a regal function has been organised around the young prince since his birth on July 22 last year.

Wild weather for baby Prince George's first tour

Britain's baby Prince George embarked Monday on his first official tour visiting New Zealand with parents William and Kate, but the eight-month-old missed the famed Maori welcome after being whisked indoors amid wild weather. Strong winds, rain and poor visibility greeted the royals in Wellington at the start of a three-week visit to New Zealand and Australia that marks the beginning of a lifetime of regal duties for the pint-sized prince.

Wild weather for baby Prince George's first tour

Britain's baby Prince George embarked Monday on his first official tour, visiting New Zealand with parents William and Kate, but the eight-month-old missed the famed Maori welcome after being whisked indoors amid wild weather. Strong winds, rain and poor visibility greeted the royals in Wellington at the start of a three-week visit to New Zealand and Australia that marks the beginning of a lifetime of regal duties for the pint-sized prince.

Wild weather for baby Prince George's first tour

Britain's baby Prince George embarked Monday on his first official tour visiting New Zealand with parents William and Kate, but the eight-month-old missed the famed Maori welcome after being whisked indoors amid wild weather. Strong winds, rain and poor visibility greeted the royals in Wellington at the start of a three-week visit to New Zealand and Australia that marks the beginning of a lifetime of regal duties for the pint-sized prince.
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