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Anzac Day 2014 in Canberra: Royals commemorate Anzac Day on Australian tour

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And that's it from us here at the live blog. Thanks to our stellar reporting team Henry Belot, Megan Doherty, Ian Warden, Fleta Page and Natasha Boddy, and great photography from Graham Tidy and Jay Cronan. We'll have more stories wrapping up the royal Australian tour on the main website to come.


And that's it from William, Catherine and baby George. We wish them a safe flight back to London. From the palace's point of view it's been a successful tour Down Under that's demonstrated how popular the young royal family is.

William, Catherine and Prince George have farewelled Australia after a hugely successful tour.

The family have just boarded a RAAF plane after stopping to farewell dignitaries including Prime Minister Tony Abbott, wife Margie, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Catherine and William gave one final wave to crowds lining the fences near the Tarmac at The RAAF base in Fairbairn

A picture from The Sun's royal correspondent Emily Andrews shows Kate bright and smiling with Prince George safely in her arms. He seems pretty excited at the prospect of a really long international flight.

And a last wave and smile from the young royal family before they head into the jet taking them home to London.

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The royals are heading out.

The royals have arrived at the airport. Prince George is wearing a bright red jumper and is being carried by the Duchess.

The Australian delegation has arrived at the air base to farewell the royals.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is there alongside Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, who is in a pink long sleeve top with a black skirt and tights.

Police have set up all along the road to the airport and the roads are lined with scattered groups of people hoping for a glance - they have to have George with them this time!

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It's 2pm, the last moments of the royal visit are nigh. What will we do once it's all over?

A message from Clarence House's official Twitter.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured during her visit to the Australian National War Memorial with her ...
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured during her visit to the Australian National War Memorial with her husband Prince William. Photo: Jason Reed

Australian milliner Jonathan Howard designed the sculptural navy blue hat Catherine wore during the Anzac Day service. And that poppy brooch was a gift from the wife of VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith at last night's Government House reception.

Crowds have started to gather outside the fences at Fairbairn hoping for a last look at the royal family.

Here's a closer look at the wreath laid by William and Catherine earlier today. The attached card says: "Never forgetting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.'' William and Catherine. 

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A small but eager crowd has gathered at the airport to farewell the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George as they prepare to depart Australia after a hugely successful tour.

About a dozen eager Royal watchers have lined fences facing the tarmac at the RAAF base in Fairbairn while a small crowd bearing banners urging the Royals to "come back soon" has gathered at the airport entrance ahead of their imminent arrival.

Catherine, William and Prince George are expected to arrive at the airport shortly for their departure and to farewell Australia.


At Fairbairn the crowd of photographers and journalists is ready for their final shots of the Duke and Duchess. This is our man Jay Cronan who is on the tarmac with Natasha Boddy (and not Ben Westcott as previously reported. Ben's safe in the office across from me.)



The jet's fuelled, the stairs are down and the media are in place, ready for the departure. Not long to go now.


Barring any unexpected dashes to the Yarralumla shops to pick up travel sized face creams, we've got about half an hour to wait before our final sightings of William and Kate. Our reporter Natasha Boddy will be on the tarmac to bring you live news.

In the meantime check out this gallery of previous royal visits to Canberra, including some lovely shots of Prince Charles and Diana, William's parents. I particularly love the shot of Diana exiting an ACTION bus on the roof of the new Parliament House, wearing a hard hat and a pretty polka dot jacket (it's about three photos in).

William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, await the arrival of Gov. Gen. General Sir Peter ...
William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, await the arrival of Gov. Gen. General Sir Peter Cosgrove at the Anzac Day National ceremony in Canberra today. Photo: Ray Strange


William and Kate are now preparing to leave Australia. We will get a final glimpse of the Duke, Duchess and baby Prince George just before 2pm at Fairbairn air base where they will board their plane for the flight home to Britain.

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