Queensland puts out welcome mat for Royal couple
PREMIER Campbell Newmman has welcomed the news from Kensington Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will visit Queensland in April.
Prince William and Kate will visit Amberley and Brisbane on Easter Saturday, April 19, as part of their tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Premier Newman said The Duke and Duchess would be welcomed at the RAAF Base at Amberley where they would be guests of the Royal Australian Air Force.
The visit to RAAF Base Amberley reflects The Duke's strong support of the men and women of Australia's Defence Force.
The Royal couple will then attend a reception, which the Governor and Mr Campbell will co-host at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
"This function will provide Queenslanders an opportunity to see Their Royal Highnesses as they arrive and depart the function," Mr Newman said.
"This will be The Duke of Cambridge's second official visit to Queensland and The Duchess of Cambridge's first visit.
"We've certainly been honoured to welcome a number of Royal visitors over the past three years.
"Queensland welcomed Prince William to Townsville, Cardwell, Tully, Cairns, Ipswich, Grantham, Toowoomba and Brisbane following the 2010-11 floods and Cyclone Yasi during a three-day visit in March 2011, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to Brisbane in October 2011 and The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Longreach in November 2012.
"I look forward to the visit of Their Royal Highnesses to the State and I'm sure many Queenslanders will be very excited to welcome the couple.
"Together with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Kensington Palace, my department is working on details of the visit which will be released in due course."
Queen gives special permission for George to join trip
THE Queen has given special permission for Prince William and Kate to bring baby George with them on their week tour to Australia.
Kensington Palace confirmed overnight what had been expected but not guaranteed - Prince George will accompany the Cambridges in April.
After touring New Zealand the royal family will visit Sydney, Brisbane, Uluru, Adelaide and Canberra.
Victorians will miss out on the Royal visit.
Multiple heirs are not normally allowed to travel on the same flight in case of an accident, AAP reported.
"The Queen has to give permission for it to happen and Her Majesty has given permission for it to happen," Prince William's private secretary, Miguel Head, said.
"Indeed, Prince William travelled with his parents when he was a very similar age to New Zealand and Australia back in 1983, so there is precedent for this."
The royals arrive in Sydney on Wednesday April 16 and head straight to the Opera House.
At Admiralty House, after a boat trip, they will stay as guests of new Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.
The next day they'll travel to the Blue Mountains to meet bushfire-affected families.
On Good Friday, the young Royals will attend the Royal Easter Show and a children's hospice in Manly before watching a lifesaving display.
They will then head to Queensland and the RAAF base at Amberley. At the memorial garden the couple will plant the first of three trees on the trip.
Easter Sunday will start at St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney before the Cambridges hit Taronga Zoo.
They'll view the bilby enclosure named after Prince George as part of the Australian government's gift following his birth in mid-2013.
On Tuesday, April 22, the couple will stay in Uluru overnight, leaving Prince George with his nanny in Canberra.
The Duke and Duchess will walk around the base of Uluru with local guides, a traditional owner and an international press pack.
In Adelaide, the Cambridges will visit the suburb of Elizabeth named after the Queen in 1955.
Returning to Canberra they'll visit the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday before a Parliament House reception hosted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
On Anzac Day they'll be at the war memorial and plant a lone pine seed taken from Gallipoli.