On their first full day in Australia on 17th April William and Catherine – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – will visit the Blue Mountains, to the west of Sydney where they will meet some of the families affected by the bushfires which swept through the area in October last year.
They plan to spend the day there to ‘see for themselves some of the natural beauty for which the Blue Mountains are famed.’
Good Friday will be include a visit to the Royal Easter Show at Sydney's Olympic Park. Attracting almost 1 million people over 2 weeks, the show is a celebration of the nation’s rural traditions.
The next day, the Royal couple will attend the Easter service at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, where they will sign the ‘First Fleet Bible’ – the Bible used in the first Christian service held in Australia in 1788.
Following this there will be a visit to Taronga Park Zoo.
After a rest day on Easter Monday, 22 April, the Royal Couple, with baby Prince George, will fly to the centre of the Australian continent to Uluru, which is the traditional Aboriginal name for Ayer’s Rock.
There will be a “Welcome to Country” ceremony from members of the local indigenous communities.
The Royal Couple will fly to Adelaide and then to Canberra on 24 and 25 April to view the National Portrait Gallery as well as the National Arboretum, where they will plant a tree. Then a Reception will be hosted by the Governor-General at Government House in honour of The Duke and Duchess.
On their last day of the tour, the Royal Couple will attend the ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service at the Australian War Memorial to mark the 99th year from the Anzac landings.
This will be followed the planting of a seed from a lone pine which was taken from the site of the Gallipoli battle.
[Source: Royal website &