What the Duchess of Cambridge missed most during her trip to Australia

They may have brought their baby son with them to the other side of the world, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been pining for a member of the family left behind: their dog, Lupo.

The Duchess told Brydie Hawke, 17, how much she was missing the spaniel after the teenager gave her a blue and white fluffy toy dog on Thursday.

"Oh, thank you very much," the Duchess said after Brydie had waited for six hours outside Australia's National Portrait Gallery in Canberra to hand the gift to her.

"Everyone gives us presents for George but nobody knows how much I'm missing my own dog. This is the first present I've received for my dog and I'm really happy because I do miss him."

In a farewell speech at the Australian parliament building on Thursday, the Duke said he and his family would leave the country "reluctantly".

The royal couple flew out on Friday, after being surprise attendees at the Anzac Dawn Service in Canberra. 


On Thursday, the Duke told Prime Minister Tony Abbott and 600 invited guests: "We go away with wonderful memories, and George goes away with his cuddly wombat, which he has taken to chewing so lovingly."

As they mingled with the guests afterwards, the Duke said his highlight of the tour had been visiting the Blue Mountains in New South Wales and Manly Beach near Sydney, where he and the Duchess met members of a junior lifesaving club. Vicki Kelly, the wife of an MP, said: "Prince William told me he was hoping to rip off his pants with Velcro down at the beach with Tony Abbott to reveal their Speedos."

Rima Alaadeen, the Jordanian ambassador to Australia, chatted to the Duchess about her time living in Jordan as a child, where her father worked for British Airways.

She said: "The Duchess said she really hopes to visit Jordan with the family. She said she remembers Jordan and said thank you in Arabic, which is 'shukran'. She said she remembers a few more words that she picked up as a child."

During a visit to the National Arboretum in Canberra, the Duke and Duchess told children they are "fanatic" about recycling.

Lillian Rowland, 15, said: "Kate said they were fanatical about recycling and when they have friends over if they put things in the wrong bin they will take it out and move it."

Later, the royal couple attended a reception held by Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor-General, at Government House in Canberra, where they have been staying with Prince George. The Duchess wore a Lela Rose cocktail dress.

The Telegraph