On the fourth day of The Cambridges’ tour of Australia, The Duke and Duchess visited Brisbane in Queensland. William and Catherine first went to Amberley airbase to meet with RAAF families, just as they similarly did in Auckland last week.
William, an ex-Search and Rescue pilot, hopped into the F/A-18 Super Hornet jet and checked out the plane’s cockpit, asking if his wife wanted to jump in the back seat while he had look. Unexpectedly, The Duchess refused and wanted to jump in the cockpit too! Managing to climb aboard the jet in a blue and white poppy-print LK Bennett pencil dress and blue suede heels, Kate made her husband get in the back seat whilst she had a go.
With the theme of remembrance continuing through the tour, William and Catherine planted an eucalyptus tree in the base’s memorial garden to honour of the fallen servicemen and women, whilst a fly past by four Super Hornets flew overhead. The couple then spoke with a number of families who had lost their loved-ones through active service.
Afterwards, William tried out the centre’s Super Hornet flight simulator, putting on his glasses for the task that should be so familiar to him with his former job.
Penelope Wensley, the Governor of Queensland, and Campbell Newman, the Premier of Queensland, held a reception at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre where The Duke and Duchess were guests later that afternoon; Will and Kate enjoyed locally produced food for their lunch.
The heat of almost 30°C didn’t deter the 10,000 strong crowd from waiting for the Duke and Duchess, with some waiting since the early hours of the morning to see them. The couple received more gifts for their young son, Prince George, including a boomerang, a Kangaroo cuddly toy, as well as hundred of posies of flowers from well-wishers, including a 9-year-old girl who had waited for 9 hours to meet William and Kate.
The Duke and Duchess were also spotted at a Waratahs rugby match that evening.
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) April 19, 2014
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