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William and Kate tour town ravaged by bushfires

Survivors of last year's devastating Australian bushfires met with Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate on Thursday as the royal couple visited the Blue Mountains. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand with their baby son George, met some who lost everything in the fires which destroyed more than 200 homes. "For them to come out all this way to say hello and say, 'I'm sorry this happened to you' ... it didn't seem like duty to them, it seemed like a pleasure," said Eartha Odell.

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 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.

William and Kate hire Spanish nanny

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine have hired a Spanish nanny to look after their baby son Prince George, palace officials said Thursday. Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo will travel with the royals on their tour of New Zealand and Australia next month, Kensington Palace said. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted," a spokesman for Kensington Palace told AFP. "Maria is a full-time nanny, who started work with us recently, and will be accompanying the Duke and Duchess and Prince George to New Zealand and Australia.

Prince William's wife Kate dazzles in queen's diamonds

Prince William's wife Catherine dazzled onlookers at a dinner for London's National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday with a diamond necklace borrowed from the queen. The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a dark Jenny Packham dress, but it was the Cartier diamond known as the Nizam of Hyderabad, given to Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 for her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh, that had tongues wagging. Other guests at the gala dinner -- the duchess's first official engagement of the year -- included Elizabeth Hurley, rocker Bryan Adams and artist Grayson Perry.

Prince William to leave Royal Air Force job in Wales

Britain's Prince William said Wednesday that he is to leave his home on the Welsh island of Anglesey when his posting with the Royal Air Force finishes next month and move "elsewhere" with his wife Kate and their newborn son. William, 31, is coming to the end of a three-year tour of duty as an RAF search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, and is widely expected to return to London with Kate and their newborn son, Prince George, to take on more royal duties.

William and Kate to leave hospital with baby

Prince William and his wife Kate are to leave hospital with their newborn son on Tuesday evening and return home to Kensington Palace, the palace confirmed in a statement. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be discharged this evening from St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington," the palace said. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace." The statement added that William and Kate wanted to "reiterate their thanks to the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received".

Kate's parents visit Britain's 'beautiful' royal baby

The parents of Prince William's wife Kate visited her in hospital Tuesday, becoming the first family members to see the couple's new baby as the rest of the world awaited a glimpse of the future British king. First-time grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton arrived in a humble black taxi at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London to visit the unnamed little boy, the third in line to the throne.

British press revels in royal arrival

Top-selling British newspaper The Sun on Tuesday changed its name to "The Son" to honour the arrival of a baby boy for Prince William and his wife Kate. The rest of Fleet Street marked the occasion with souvenir editions, with The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Star and The Daily Express all splashing the headline "It's a Boy" across front-page photographs of the new mother. The Sun, which carried a headline declaring that "the regal has landed" explained its name-change. "We've never changed The Sun's name before and we'll never do it again," it said.

Timeline of Kate's pregnancy

Here is a timeline of the pregnancy of Prince William's wife Catherine after she was admitted to hospital in labour on Monday. December 3 -- Pregnancy announced as Kate enters King Edward VII's Hospital in London suffering from acute morning sickness. December 4 -- Two Australian radio presenters make hoax phonecall to the private hospital, resulting in details of Kate's condition being divulged. December 6 -- The Duchess of Cambridge leaves hospital after a three-night stay, saying she feels "much better".
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