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Royal tour 2014: Prince William and Kate head to Royal Easter Show and Manly

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Kate looked relaxed and happy on the beach in Manly.

Kate looked relaxed and happy on the beach in Manly.

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Can we see more of this little guy please?

Can we see more of this little guy please?

Jenna Clarke:  

That's it for day three of Royal-palooza. It's been a busy day for the couple who have taken in the sights and sounds (no showbags unfortunately) of the Royal Easter Show, spoken to the families and officials at Bear Cottage, chatted to the Prime Minister and NSW's new Premier Mike Baird and soaked up some sunshine on Manly Beach with around 100 nippers.

There are no official engagements tonight as William and Kate are keen to get back to Admiralty House to see George before his bedtime.

Tomorrow they'll head north to Brisbane for a visit before spending Easter Sunday at Taronga Zoo. 

Fingers crossed Baby George will come out and play for the day then too.

Kate's wedges, which she worn on the beach, are by one of her favoured shoe designer Stuart Weitzman.

Kate's wedges, which she worn on the beach, are by one of her favoured shoe designer Stuart Weitzman.

Jenna Clarke:  

It's no wonder Kate hasn't kicked her heels off for the trek across the beach. They are well worn as she's had them in her style arsenal since 2012.

While the "Minx" style by Stuart Weitzman is a little tough to find in stores these days, if you do happen to find them online, they'll set you back about $420.

Damien Murphy:  

Abbott has really dominated this occasion, his smile extends all the way to Bondi. He's stayed close to William, while Kate has wandered off to talk to other groups of nippers and Surf Life Saving Australia officials.

While all the action is on the beach there appears to be something that resembles a naval patrol ship just on the horizon.

Jenna Clarke:  

Kate, William, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NSW's new Premier Mike Baird are lapping up the attention on Manly Beach.

Both Abbott and Baird are wearing matching looks to William with open collar shirts and blue blazers.

Kate is walking around on the beach in her towering strappy wedges.

What an afternoon filled with fun, fashionable faux pas.

Damien Murphy:  

The royal couple have left Bear Cottage and are now on their way to Manly Beach where they will watch about 100 nippers from the Manly, North Steyne and Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Clubs take part in a number of beach flags, paddle boarding and swimming demonstrations.

There are about 5,000 people on the beach with plenty more lining the streets.

Jenna Clarke:  

She also referred to the hospice as an "inspirational haven" and thanked everyone who "welcomed me and George so incredibly warmly on our first visit."

Jenna Clarke:  

Catherine has given her first speech of the tour in Australia inside Bear Cottage. 

"To be here together as a family has been very special and we will always remember it with fond and happy memories," she said to the small crowd.

Damien Murphy:  

More than 10,000 people have come down to Manly Beach waiting, waiting and waiting for William and Kate to arrive.

The crowds dwarfing the swell at Manly Beach as anticipation builds for the royals.

The crowds dwarfing the swell at Manly Beach as anticipation builds for the royals. Photo: Damien Murphy

Jenna Clarke:  

The royal couple are due to arrive at Manly Beach shortly after 3pm. However it appears the tour is taking a toll on some members of the press pack. 

Kate made a joke about William's bald spot while admiring the displays at the Royal Easter Show.

Kate made a joke about William's bald spot while admiring the displays at the Royal Easter Show.

Daisy Dumas:  

The winning fresh produce display might have been proud of its soft Alpaca wool, but Catherine commented on the fleece for other reasons. 

"The princess said [the Duke] should put some on his head," said Lyn Cregan, 67, from Glen Innes.

"She pointed at him and said 'You need it more than me.' He laughed."

Daisy Dumas:  

Prince George may be third in line to the throne, the nine month old baby has the same taste as many an infant. 

While admiring piles of root vegetables in the South East Queensland display at the Royal Easter Show, Catherine told preserve maker Diana Lisle that Prince George is particularly fond of sweet potatoes.

Throngs lined the route through the hall as the couple moved through, viewing exhibits from producers from across NSW. The displays are the largest of their kind in the world, with over 10,000 fresh pieces of produce on display.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (centre) at Sydney Royal Easter Show. Click for more photos

Royal Australian tour - Day 3

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (centre) at Sydney Royal Easter Show. Photo: Janie Barrett

The Monarchists of Manly.

The Monarchists of Manly. Photo: Damien Murphy

Damien Murphy:  

The Manly welcome committee have been preparing since the early morning.

Damien Murphy:  

Ten PR points to Manly-born and based swimwear label Budgy Smuggler.

At least they came bearing gifts. 

George's best gift yet?

George's best gift yet?

Damien Murphy:  

About 3,000 people are already in place down at Manly Beach ahead of the Duke and Duchess' arrival. 

Signs encouraging people to stay out of the water are in place, but further up the way there are about 18 men taking advantage of the gentle swell.

Manly Beach ahead of getting the royal treatment on Friday.

Manly Beach ahead of getting the royal treatment on Friday. Photo: Damien Murphy

Prince George and his new Aussie pet.

Prince George and his new Aussie pet.

Jenna Clarke:  

Kate Swan, who was in the crowd at the Royal Easter Show, had a nice chat to the Duchess this morning after handing her a book about wombats. 

"I will read this to George, he is obsessed with wombats at the moment."

Has normcore got the royal seal of approval?

Has normcore got the royal seal of approval?

Jenna Clarke:  

William's choice of chino raised a few eyebrows on Thursday, with many commentators commenting on their relaxed, almost "Dad jean" like nature.

But hey, if the baggy, high-waisted pant is ok for Obama, it's fine for our future King right?

Jenna Clarke:  

Disgusting.

Jenna Clarke:  

Wills and Kate have now left the Royal Easter Show and are heading toward Bear Cottage, a children's hospice. They will be met by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie. 

They are running about 10 minutes late. Lucky the holiday traffic has cleared up.

Jenna Clarke: Wednesday was Roksanda Ilincic, Thursday was Diane von Furstenburg but today belongs to Aussie designers Zimmermann. 

Will the copycat consumers follow suit?

Considering Kate is worth about $2 billion to the UK fashion industry, it's an understatement to say that today's outfit choice is great publicity for the Sydney-based sisters, who are set to open their new boutique in The Hamptons in June.

Dressed to impress: the Duchess of Cambridge meets the locals on Thursday.

Dressed to impress: the Duchess of Cambridge meets the locals on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images

Jenna Clarke:

Still no sign of the best chocolate in the world.

Jenna Clarke:  

A 79-year-old woman from New Zealand, according to Sky News, slept out overnight at the showgrounds just to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

Jenna Clarke:  

Stop showing off Manly.

Jenna Clarke:  

William didn't offer to jump on the clippers inside the sheep pavillion. Which makes me wonder, what exactly did he learn during his Agricultural Management course at Cambridge?

Jenna Clarke:  

Judging from the pictures on Sky News, Kate looks a little uncomfortable in her Zimmermann frock as she keeps adjusting it at the waist and arms.  

The day dress, from the the spring/summer 2014 collection 'Endless Summer', features a hand made bonded lace overlay, perhaps that's why it appears to be quite stiff and heavy.

Jenna Clarke:  

When they arrive at the Sheep and Fleece Pavillion, the couple will meet 16-year-old Sophie Elwood from Orange. She won a competition to design a dress for the Duchess. She created something out of wool, her inspiration for the piece was the couple's third wedding anniversary which is coming up soon on April 29.

Jenna Clarke: After unveiling a plaque inside the fresh produce section, the South Badgery Pavillion, the couple are now headed to see some arts and crafts and the sheep.

 

Jenna Clarke: Putting the royal in Royal, this is the seventh time the Royal Easter Show has been patronised by members of the royal family.

Jenna Clarke:

No sign of the royal blue Bertie Beetle wrapper or a Dagwood dog as yet...

Daisy Dumas: The Duke and Duchess incongruously arrived in front of the Hollywood Horrors haunted house, next to which they were met by show president Glenn Dudley and his wife, Jennifer.

Daisy Dumas: Crowds continue to gather in the Fresh Food Dome ahead of the royal arrival at the Royal Easter Show.

Crowds gathered at the Royal Easter Show.

Crowds gathered at the Royal Easter Show. Photo: Daisy Dumas

Jenna Clarke:  

Kate is wearing an ivory dress by Zimmermann today. What a great coup for the Sydney designers.

Their website is already on the verge of crashing.

Jenna Clarke:  

Welcome to day three of the William, Kate and George Show!

Today we're off to another show, the Royal Easter Show to watch some sheep shearing and "see fine rural produce" according to the Palace.

Bertie Beetle constitutes "fine rural produce" right?

One hundred and fifty thousand people are expected to pour through the RES gates today, but all eyes this morning will be on just two.

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