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Royal tour 2014: Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Baby George tour Australia

 

That's it for today. No sign of George and Catherine retired early while William popped in to say a quick hello to Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Admiralty House.

Join us tomorrow for live updates for day three of the tour, which will see the royals visit the Royal Easter Show and take in a Surf Live Saving demonstration at Manly Beach. 

 

Is there another monarch on tour, but undercover? The British press pack are taking advantage of some down time to play "Spot the royal doppelganger".

Beautiful candid shot of the Duchess taken by Fairfax Photographer Anthony Johnson.

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As he watched abseilers dropping down the cliff at Narrow Neck Lookout, Prince William stepped to within inches of the edge to have a really good look out, without wearing a safety harness.

"He took a bit of a lunge and a few people held their breath, gasped and readied their hands to grab him," said manager of the Blue Mountains Youth Service, Damien Cooper. 

"He was fine of course, he knew what he was doing. I think his military background prepared him well for it."

Tim Williams of the Blue Mountains Adventure Company added: ‘‘He was very calm on the edge he didn’t worry about the safety briefing to stay a fair distance back.

"He just stepped up to have a cool look over. He said it would be nice to come back another time and have a good himself.

"They were both keen it was just their attire that held them back. It's a bit difficult to abseil in a suit and dress."

William's James Bond moment.
William's James Bond moment. Photo: Wolter Peeters

 

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill has told AAP there was ‘‘great excitement’’ among townspeople who were keen to get a glimpse of William and Kate, and he hoped the media coverage would show the region was open for business.

‘‘The economy has not recovered from the fires and we need to attract visitors back to the mountains ... This coverage will bring people back,’’ he said after the 30 minute visit.

 

Pat Woods, 71, from Bathurst, chatted with Catherine after showing the royal her Highgrove souvenir bag.

"I was a bit overcome. She asked where I came from and said it was lovely to meet me. I was really delighted," said Ms Woods, who had driven two and a half hours to see the royals. 

"She was just what I thought she'd be - really nice and just an ordinary, nice, down to earth person."

 

Is Kate trying to make flat shoes obsolete? The woman can even do the gardening in a stacked heel and still look immaculate.

Kate planting the commemorative Eucalyptus Summer Red.
Kate planting the commemorative Eucalyptus Summer Red. 

 

The couple taking in the views around Echo Point.

They were given a special tour conducted by manager of the Mountain Youth Services Team, Damian Cooper and MYST Team Co-ordinator Maddy Forwood.

Taking in Echo Point.
Taking in Echo Point. Photo: Daisy Dumas
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It was a case of thousands of people looking at two people looking at the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains as a crowd of over 2000 turned out to see their royal highnesses take in Katoomba's most famous landmark.

There was a view there somewhere - if it wasn't for the flags, excited schoolchildren and riot vehicles blocking the way.

While the large crowd remained almost unnervingly quiet, perhaps reverentially so, the Duke and Duchess stopped and talked with five girls, who gave them posies of flowers. They included three cousins from Sydney and five-year-old Ellie Girdling, from Katoomba, who was plucked from the crowd by a royal minder. 

Many had been in situ since 8.30am, waiting at the famous lookout for their chance to see an altogether different view to what normally is normally associated with the beauty spot.

 

While George will get some possum fur, William and Catherine won't miss out on the animal-inspired gift front, the couple will receive a kangaroo skin cloak to share.

While the couple are due to arrive at Echo Point any minute now, let's recap their morning in pictures shall we?

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Kate's Diane von Furstenberg dress sold out, on the designer's official e-boutique, in eight minutes.

There are still a few size 12s left though on some other high-end shopping sites around the internet, including Matches Fashion.

 

Two men have been detained by police in the Blue Mountains as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured the area that was ravaged during last year's bushfires.

Inspector Joel Murchie, who is in charge of the police operation, confirmed that two men were detained and "moved on" by police in the vicinity of Buena Vista Road in Winmalee on Thursday.

Police officers were seen searching the men, who were apprehended as the royal couple were driving away.

Click here to read the full story, which we will be updating throughout the afternoon.

A new TV show promoting a fake Prince Harry.
A new TV show promoting a fake Prince Harry. 

 

While we're on the topic of royals (and William and Kate enjoy a 45-minute drive to Echo Point), have you heard about a new reality TV show which is set to air in the US soon?

I Wanna Marry Harry has found a red-headed Brit to play William's younger brother and cast 12 unassuming women who will compete for the fake Harry's heart.

What will they think of next?

Our friends over at Daily Life have more.

 

The royals haven't even been here for 24-hours and already one man has been arrested.

The Newcastle Herald reports that Peter Hoare was arrested and refused bail yesterday after "being a convicted person found with intent to commit an indictable offence".

Read more here. 

Catherine leaving the Guide Hall.
Catherine leaving the Guide Hall. Photo: Damien Murphy

 

After planting a tree, Kate leaves the Guide Hall in Winmallee.

The couple are now headed for Echo Point.

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