Royal Tour Update III – Farewell, Down Under!

So Kate, Wills and baby George’s travels down under came to an end last weekend as they left Canberra and boarded their Royal Australian Air Force jet bound for Sydney, before flying on home to London. Our favorite Royal trio attended over fifty engagements, boarded twenty flights and visited twelve different cities in their three-week visit to Australia and New Zealand. We’re impressed! Apparently the couple tried to swim every day to keep themselves relaxed between meetings and press calls, and Kate rose early every morning to practice yoga. William gifted Kate with a stunning sapphire-embellished Rolex watch to mark the visit, George was hailed an ‘advanced baby’ by child psychologists tracking the baby prince’s playdates. Here are a few updates on the royals’ last week down under. 

Easter Sundaykate middleton wearing dove gray coatWhile the rest of us were slumming around in a chocolate-induced haze on Easter Sunday, Kate had no less than three different appointments to keep, each with a knockout ensemble to wear with it. First up was a morning service at Sydney’s city Cathedral where Kate wore a gorgeous dove gray coat dress by her beloved McQueen, followed by a trip to Sydney Zoo where George had a bilby exhibition named after him and Kate dazzled in a pretty primrose yellow dress last seen on her during the couple’s 2012 tour of Asia. Finally, Kate was snapped wearing another favorite designer, Stella McCartney, as the family touched down in Canberra later that evening. A figure-fit dress in cornflower blue, this was another one of Kate’s old favorite outfits previously worn to a gallery reception in London in 2012. Gotta love a girl who recycles her wardrobe.

william, kate and baby george in Austrailia

George’s Toys

The images of flight staff carrying giant stuffed animals onto the runway in Canberra is too cute for words, and a strong indication of what a big hit the couple were down under. Renamed ‘His Royal Cuteness’ by the population of Australia and New Zealand, Prince George was gifted (among hundreds of other items): a mini Cricket World Cup shirt, a giant cuddly wombat, a customized skateboard, a possum fur cloak, a personalized cricket bat painted by aboriginal artists, and a mini leather flying helmet… oh, and a boat. Who’s a lucky boy?



william, kate and baby george in austrailia receiving stuffed wombat

kate middleton wearing sloane ranger style clothes in austrailia

… And Relax!

It’s a fortnight of rest for these royals after their whirlwind tour, before engagements start up again in mid-May, and the couple move from London to their new home, Anmer Hall on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. It seems the couple’s homecoming couldn’t have come at a better time for Prince Harry either: news has just broken of his split of girlfriend of two years, Cressida Bonas, and Harry may be wanting some brotherly support, supportive chats with his sister-in-law, or cuddles with his little nephew…


This officially concludes our NZ and AUS Royal tour coverage.  In case you missed them – you can click here for the first and second installments.