Prince William has told Australians that visiting their country is the realisation of a lifelong dream, reported Sarah Hughes, UK Sky TVs Royal Correspondent (21/1). In a speech at the celebrations in Melbourne for Australia Day celebrations, Prince William said that he had heard from his family about "the wonders of Australia" as far back as he could remember.

"I also remember my mother coming back from her time here in 1996, telling me what a profound impression this country had made on her, and how much she loved Australia.

"Three days here and now I know why.

"And of course, there's that other guy with the ginger hair – who just never ever stops banging on about you, and how I haven't lived because I haven't been to Australia blah, blah, blah."

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