Royals touch down in Sydney...briefly

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Sydney with Prince George. Picture: Channel Nine

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Sydney with Prince George. Picture: Channel Nine

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, eight-month-old Prince George, touched down in Sydney early on Monday on their way to New Zealand to begin their first official tour as a family.

They arrived on a Qantas flight from Britain just after 7am and were driven in convoy to the tarmac where they boarded a Royal New Zealand Air Force plane to Wellington.

They will arrive shortly before noon local time.

Prince William, Catherine and Prince George pose for an official family portrait at Kensington Palace ahead of their tour to Australia and New Zealand. Picture: JASON BELL/CAMERA PRESS

Prince William, Catherine and Prince George pose for an official family portrait at Kensington Palace ahead of their tour to Australia and New Zealand. Picture: JASON BELL/CAMERA PRESS

Prince William carried several bags and his son's kangaroo soft toy.

Kate carried the baby prince, who was dressed in a navy blue jumpsuit.

The family will spend nine days in New Zealand, before arriving in Sydney on April 16 for a 10-day Australian tour.

Encompassing nods to local and indigenous culture, sports, the military and charity support, the tour of 12 cities will include dozens of events and will be watched by millions.

But the royal travelling party is more modest than it once was.

When Princess Diana and Prince Charles visited Australia with Prince William in 1983, their entourage numbered 20, one of whom was a personal chef for nine-month-old William.

For this tour, the Duke and Duchess and their son will be accompanied by an entourage of 12, including a nanny for Prince George and a hairdresser for the Duchess.

The royals in Australia

Wednesday 16 Sydney

Arrival Sydney airport

Sydney Opera House reception

Boat to Admiralty House

Thursday 17  Blue Mountains

Visit to bushfire affected street

Meeting with community leaders and firefighters

Sightseeing

Friday 18 Sydney

Royal Easter Show visit

Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice, Manly

Surf lifesaving demonstration, Manly

Saturday 19 Brisbane

RAAF Amberley base visit

Brisbane Convention Centre reception

Sunday 20 Sydney

Easter Sunday service at  St Andrew’s Cathedral

Taronga Zoo visit including bilby enclosure

Monday 21 Sydney

No engagements

Tuesday 22 Uluru

National Indigenous Training Academy visit

Uluru cultural centre visit

Afternoon tea with NT chief minister

Walk around base of Uluru

Wednesday 23 Adelaide

Visit to Northern Sound System studios

Reception at Playford civic centre

Thursday 24 Canberra

National Portrait Gallery visit

Prime Minister’s reception, Parliament House

National Arboretum tree-planting

Governor-General’s reception

Friday 25 Canberra

ANZAC Day march and commemorative service, Australian War Memorial

Lone Pine planting ceremony

Departure

- with Daisy Dumas, SMH.COM.AU, AAP

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