Aussie Arrival

04.16.145:30 AM ET

New Pictures As Prince George Arrives in Australia

Prince George still the star of the show as young royals touch down in Oz

Prince George was once again the star of the royal show when he arrived in Sydney today, for part two of the royal tour of Australasia, with his two parents following in his wake.

After spending nine days in New Zealand, the William, Kate and George show today began a ten-day tour of Australia, touching down at Sydney airport shortly before 3pm local time on board a Royal Australian Airforce plane from Wellington.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Sydney Airport on RAAF B737 on April 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Ryan Pierse

George was photographed as the royal family descended from the jet, however he was not present when Kate and William attended a reception in their honor attended by 400 guests a few hours later.

The couple were met on the tarmac by Tony Abbott, the prime minister. The welcoming party also included Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor General, and Marie Bashir, the Governor of New South Wales.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Sydney Airport on a Australian Airforce 737 aircraft on April 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Chris Jackson
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Sydney Airport on a Australian Airforce 737 aircraft on April 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Chris Jackson

Kate had been wearing a simple blue dress when she boarded the RAAF flight in New Zealand, as you can see in the picture below, but changed into the bold yellow number on board.

"William said I look like a banana," Kate told one member of the waiting crowd, Heather Easton.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 16:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge look on before boarding a Royal Australian Air Force plane for their flight to Australia at Wellington Airport's military terminal April 16, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
The royals depart NZ (Hagen Hopkins)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 16:  Prince George of Cambridge is carried to a Royal Australian Air Force plane for his flight to Australia at Wellington Airport's military terminal April 16, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Hagen Hopkins

The tour already seems to be having its desired effect - the Sydney Morning Herald reports this morning that support for a republic in Australia, which still counts the Queen as head of state, has dipped to its lowest level for 30 years in advance of the royals arrival.


 

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