Royal family touch down in Sydney
Prince William, wife Kate and baby George enjoy a brief stopover at Sydney airport enroute to New Zealand on Monday morning. Nine News.PT1M38S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-367i6 620 349 April 7, 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, eight-month-old Prince George, touched down in Sydney early on Monday on their way to New Zealand to begin their first official tour as a family.
They arrived on a Qantas flight from Britain just after 7am and were driven in convoy to the tarmac where they boarded a Royal New Zealand Air Force plane to Wellington.
They will arrive shortly before noon local time.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Sydney with Prince George. Photo: Channel Nine
Prince William carried several bags and his son's kangaroo soft toy.
Kate carried the baby prince, who was dressed in a navy blue jumpsuit.
The family will spend nine days in New Zealand, before arriving in Sydney on April 16 for a 10-day Australian tour.
The royals are heading to New Zealand after a brief stop in Sydney. Photo: Channel Nine
Encompassing nods to local and indigenous culture, sports, the military and charity support, the tour of 12 cities will include dozens of events and will be watched by millions.
But the royal travelling party is more modest than it once was.
When Princess Diana and Prince Charles visited Australia with Prince William in 1983, their entourage numbered 20, one of whom was a personal chef for nine-month-old William.
For this tour, the Duke and Duchess and their son will be accompanied by an entourage of 12, including a nanny for Prince George and a hairdresser for the Duchess.
The royals in Australia
Wednesday 16 Sydney
Arrival Sydney airport
Sydney Opera House reception
Boat to Admiralty House
Thursday 17 Blue Mountains
Visit to bushfire affected street
Meeting with community leaders and firefighters
Friday 18 Sydney
Royal Easter Show visit
Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice, Manly
Surf lifesaving demonstration, Manly
Saturday 19 Brisbane
RAAF Amberley base visit
Brisbane Convention Centre reception
Sunday 20 Sydney
Easter Sunday service at St Andrew’s Cathedral
Taronga Zoo visit including bilby enclosure
Monday 21 Sydney
Tuesday 22 Uluru
National Indigenous Training Academy visit
Uluru cultural centre visit
Afternoon tea with NT chief minister
Walk around base of Uluru
Wednesday 23 Adelaide
Visit to Northern Sound System studios
Reception at Playford civic centre
Thursday 24 Canberra
National Portrait Gallery visit
Prime Minister’s reception, Parliament House
National Arboretum tree-planting
Friday 25 Canberra
ANZAC Day march and commemorative service, Australian War Memorial
Lone Pine planting ceremony
- with Daisy Dumas, AAP