Like the Duchess herself, it wasn’t a local but it looked dazzling in the glorious NSW sun.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge planted a West Australian flowering gum in the Blue Mountains.
The royal couple are visiting the bushfire-ravaged area around Winmalee and planted the small tree with blooming, light red flowers in the yard of the local Girl Guides hall.
A plaque underneath read: ‘‘Planted by their Royal Highnesses the Duke and and Duchess of Cambridge, April 17 2014.’’
The couple tossed earth over the tree as thrilled guides sat nearby and about 100 locals watched from behind a fence.
The guides also sang to the royals.‘‘Thank you for coming to see us. It’s really special and we’re very grateful,’’ one young guide told Kate.
The royal couple also met firefighters and State Emergency Service volunteers and NSW cabinet minister Mike Gallacher at Winmalee Girl Guides hall.The group enjoyed a sausage sizzle and sandwiches.
Many of the firefighters present served on the front line during October’s bush fire emergency, that destroyed homes and property across Winmalee.
In many ways the tree planted on Thursday was a symbol of regeneration.
Locals expressed their gratitude at the royal visit.Adrian Harrison’s house burnt to the ground in the bushfires and he choked up as he recalled losing most of his possessions.
‘‘Here we are five months down the track after we lost our house and for them to come out now, it makes us feel like we haven’t been forgotten,’’ he told AAP ahead of the visit.
‘‘People out there are still thinking of us, which is greatly appreciated, bloody oath it is.’’
Kate looked dazzling in a navy and white wrap dress by American designer Diane von Furstenberg.
The prince wore blue chinos and a jacket.
The royals were greeted by warm sunshine and blue skies in the Blue Mountains.
They are set to visit Echo Point and the Three Sisters and Narrow Neck Point later in the day before flying back to Sydney where Prince William will meet with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.