The arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George, at the Fairbairn RAAF base, Canberra airport. Click for more photos

Royals arrive in Canberra

The arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George, at the Fairbairn RAAF base, Canberra airport. Photo: Graham Tidy

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrived in Canberra on Sunday night for a day of rest at Government House before their next official engagement, a trip to Uluru on Tuesday.

The family arrived via an RAAF plane and were greeted at the Fairbairn Air Force base by dignitaries including the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop and Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, who was representing the Leader of the Opposition.

Two hundred onlookers who had won their place in ballot had to wait a bit longer than expected for a glimpse of the family, after the estimated 5.10pm arrival was pushed back to after 5.30pm.

Two to three people deep behind barricades, they clutched bouquets of flowers and stuffed animals in anticipation, but the family did not meet any of the fans, instead whisking baby George out of the cold night air and into a waiting car.

Catherine would have been feeling the chill too, opting not to wear a jacket over her cobalt blue dress as the temperature dropped to 11 degrees.

Eight year old Ilaria Triunfo, dressed in a tiara for the royal occasion, had a copy of the book "Womba The Wombat" to gift Prince George with a little stuffed wombat.

Her mum, Amanda Triunfo, is a keen follower of all the European royals, and jumped at the chance to enter the ballot.

"I was buying a present in Smiggle and I yelled down the shop ... when I got the call," she said.

After the crowd had to settle just for waves from the royals from about 25 metres away, Ilaria might have to take a leaf out of six-year-old Samantha Hend’s book and mail it to the Prince.

Samantha, a Lyneham Public School student was chosen to present flowers to the family after the six year old wrote to Their Royal Highnesses, inviting them to visit Canberra and see her school classroom.

“She really likes princes and princesses and decided to write a letter,” dad Shane Hend said.

“She did it on her summer break down at the coast as a bit of an activity and she posted the letter herself, and was just thrilled when she got a reply back in the mail,” mum Annetta Hend said.

While Canberra made it on to the royals’ tour itinerary, their response indicated they would not stop at Samantha’s north-side classroom.

The family headed straight to Government House from Fairbairn, where they will stay while in the capital.

About 45 Canberrans waited outside the gates of Government House to catch a glimpse of young royals William, Catherine and George on Sunday evening.

Among those braving the sub 10 degree weather were friends Libby Osborn and Janelle Gibson, both nurses, who had entered the official ballot to see the family and missed out.

Ms Osborn, who lives in Waramanga, said she enjoyed William and Catherine's down to earth manner.

She said she had spent time living in England, where her family was from and that her mother was a great royal watcher.

"They're just a beautiful couple with a lovely child and they're making lots of changes to how people view the royals and I think that's very good," she said.

"[They've got] a more relaxed, open, accepting attitude."

Caroline Campbell, of Yarralumla, was outside the gates with her friend Maureen Rossiter, of Rivett.

As a two-year-old, Ms Campbell was a family trip to Northern Ireland when was taken to the outside of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the queen's coronation.

While she was too young to remember that first encounter, she said she had tried to see every member of the royal family when they visited Canberra since. But this was her first opportunity to see William, Catherine and George.

"I think they do fantastic PR for Britain and everywhere else around the world and actually they're promoting Australia beautifully here at the moment," she said.

The Duke and Duchess and their baby son made their way to Yarralumla by about 6.10pm, driving past the onlookers with a wave and a smile before continuing on to the residence.

They have no official engagements in the city until after a trip to Uluru and Adelaide on Tuesday and Wednesday.

When they return, they will plant a tree at the National Arboretum on Thursday 24th April, and attend Anzac Day commemorations on Friday and plant a Lone Pine at the Australian War Memorial.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George have touched down in Canberra.
The family arrived via an RAAF plane and were greeted at the Fairbairn Air Force base by dignitaries including the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop and Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, who was representing the Leader of the Opposition.
Also greeting Prince William, Catherine and Prince George were 200 lucky people selected from last week from a ballot which attracted 12,500 applicants.
Lyneham Public School student Samantha Hend was chosen to present flowers to the family after the six year old wrote to Their Royal Highnesses, inviting them to visit Canberra and see her school classroom.
While Canberra made it on to the royals’ tour itinerary, they are not expected to stop at Samantha’s north-side classroom.
The family headed straight to Government House from Fairbairn, where they will stay while in the capital.
They have no official engagements in the city until after a trip to Uluru and Adelaide.
When they return, they will plant a tree at the National Arboretum on Thursday 24th April, and attend Anzac Day commemorations on Friday and plant a Lone Pine at the Australian War Memorial.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George have touched down in Canberra.

The family arrived via an RAAF plane and were greeted at the Fairbairn Air Force base by dignitaries including the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop and Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, who was representing the Leader of the Opposition.

Also greeting the royal family were 200 lucky people selected from last week from a ballot which attracted 12,500 applicants.

Lyneham Public School student Samantha Hend was chosen to present flowers to the family after the six year old wrote to Their Royal Highnesses, inviting them to visit Canberra and see her school classroom.

While Canberra made it on to the royals’ tour itinerary, they are not expected to stop at Samantha’s north-side classroom.

The family headed straight to Government House from Fairbairn, where they will stay while in the capital.

They have no official engagements in the city until after a trip to Uluru and Adelaide.

When they return, they will plant a tree at the National Arboretum on Thursday 24th April, and attend Anzac Day commemorations on Friday and plant a Lone Pine at the Australian War Memorial.