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Royal tour 2014: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visit Canberra

That's a wrap from us!

It's been a massive day of royal watching in the capital.

We'll be back with our Anzac Day coverage, including the royal's last day in the country, tomorrow morning.

Thanks for joining us today, we'll leave you with our photos of the day from around Canberra.

Tonight's event capped has off a busy day for the Duke and Duchess at the national capital.

After playing with children and planting a tree at Canberra's National Arboretum, the royal couple charmed ministers, dignitaries and corporate leaders at Parliament House in Canberra.

They then weaved their way through the National Portrait Gallery to view some of its prized portraits - where at one point Kate come face to face with a portrait of Australia's homegrown royalty, Danish Crown Princess Mary.

They've got just a few hours left in the country before they fly back to the UK at 2pm tomorrow.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are meeting three of Australia's surviving Victoria Cross recipients at a tonight's reception hosted by the governor-general.

Prince William and his wife Kate will be welcomed to the reception at Government House in Yarralumla by 100 guests from the arts, business, charity, conservation and sporting fields.

The guests will include Corporals Daniel Keighran and Benjamin Roberts-Smith and SAS Trooper Mark Donaldson, three of four Australians awarded the honour for their actions in Afghanistan. Corporal Cameron Baird was awarded the posthumously earlier this year.

Australia's fourth surviving VC recipient, Keith Payne, was not in attendance.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke
 of Cambridge, attend a reception given by the Governor-General ...
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attend a reception given by the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove at Government House. Photo: Jay Cronan
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke
 of Cambridge, attend a reception given by the Governor-General ...
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attend a reception given by the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove at Government House. Photo: Jay Cronan

And here she is - looking lovely.

Jay Cronan has just filed these photos from Government House of Kate and Wills.

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Here's another shot of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Government House this evening.

What do you think of her outfit choice? Hit the thumbs up or thumbs down at the bottom of this post and have your say.

No sign of the brooch we'd been waiting for - royal watchers had been keeping a keen eye on her fashion in recent days.

It had been expected that the Duchess would don a brooch lent to her by the Queen, as she had done on previous trips to Canada and last week in New Zealand.

Here's the first photo of Kate in a white Le La Rose dress.

Looking stunning as always. We'll keep you posted as we get more photos from the event.

This is the first whisper of what Kate might be wearing tonight.

Still no sign of the royal couple, or any sign yet that they've stepped out for the event. At the moment, they're 15 minutes late.

We'd love to know what these two were talking about that made the PM laugh. At least, we think he's laughing, he looks a little uncomfortable.

Wonder who cracked the joke?

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks with Britain's Prince William (L) as they arrive at a reception at ...
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks with Britain's Prince William (L) as they arrive at a reception at Parliament House in Canberra April 24, 2014. Photo: Saeed Khan
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Our chief minister wasn't the only one featured broadly in the UK papers, with Canberra and particularly our National Arboretum receiving glowing praise.

The Daily Mail described our "lush, terraced hills and forests", while the Mirror described Canberra's "bright sunshine" and "stunning" views.

The Mail also said the Arboretum's popular pod playground was "distinctive".

Well the Cambridges certainly seemed to enjoy it.

We're apparently only a couple of minutes away from seeing the royal couple on their last night in Canberra.

We've no idea who this tweeter is, but since we're all waiting so anxiously for their arrival, we're going to go with it for now.

They are scheduled to be making an appearance at 6.15pm for the Government House reception.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher was widely featured in news reports back in the UK, appearing next to the royal couple in multiple photos and articles.

She was even quoted as saying the Wills and Kate had really enjoyed the children's playground at the Arboretum.

"You become a bit of an expert I think when you become a parent," she told the Mail.

Sadly, unlike the Duchess, there was no discussion of what the chief minister was wearing (a delightful purple number).

Don't worry - we noticed, chief minister.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, arrive at the ...
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, arrive at the National Arboretum in Canberra during the Royal Tour of Australia, on Thursday 24 April 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

More than 30,000 people are expected at the dawn service at the Australian War Memorial tomorrow, an event where attendance has grown steadily in recent years.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the main Anzac Day ceremony in Canberra later - the first time members of the British royal family have been present for the commemorations in the national capital for 44 years.

The Canberra Times will be live blogging the Anzac Day service tomorrow morning, including all the royal sightings at the AWM.

While most of the country has their eye on what the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing during her visit to Australia, one Canberran is keeping a keen eye out for a specific brooch tonight.

Scott Coleman, of Waramanga, is a royal enthusiast and expert, with a particular interest in the royal jewellery.

He's hoping the Duchess of Cambridge will don a wattle brooch that was gifted to the Queen during her visit to Australia in 1954.

 

Scott Coleman from Waramanga with a replica of the Australian Wattle Brooch from his replica royal jewellery collection.
Scott Coleman from Waramanga with a replica of the Australian Wattle Brooch from his replica royal jewellery collection. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
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ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher was widely featured in news reports back in the UK, appearing next to the royal couple in multiple photos and articles.

She was even quoted as saying the Wills and Kate had really enjoyed the children's playground at the Arboretum.

"You become a bit of an expert I think when you become a parent," she told the Mail.

Sadly, unlike the Duchess, there was no discussion of what the chief minister was wearing (a delightful purple number).

Don't worry - we noticed, chief minister.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, arrive at the ...
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, arrive at the National Arboretum in Canberra during the Royal Tour of Australia, on Thursday 24 April 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

While we're awaiting the next event this evening, it's a good time to check out all the photos of the royals around Canberra today.

The crowds were out in droves across the city, and the weather was picture perfect.

The couple spent quite a bit of time speaking with locals at the arboretum this morning, and again at the National Portrait Gallery this afternoon.

Here's a lovely shot from inside the National Portrait Gallery today of Prince William checking out the painting of Gurrumul Yunupingu.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge stands in front of a portrait of Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu ...
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge stands in front of a portrait of Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu during a visit the National Portrait Gallery. Photo: Lukas Coch

The Duchess of Cambridge has come face to face with Australia's homegrown princess at Canberra's National Portrait Gallery.

Well, almost.

Accompanied by husband Prince William, Kate - who graduated with honours in art history - weaved her way through some of the gallery's exhibition rooms on Thursday.

Along her trail was a 2005 oil painting of Hobart-born Danish Crown Princess Mary.

Kate told artist Jiawei Shen, who painted the portrait of the Crown Princess of Denmark nine years ago, that it was "very real" adding she had met Princess Mary.

The royal wives and future queens met in person for the first time in Copenhagen in 2012.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look at a portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of ...
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look at a portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery. Photo: Lukas Coch

Yep, we're all still tweeting about the royals!

The National Portrait Gallery was pretty happy to have hosted the couple this afternoon.

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