William and Kate’s first full day in Australia took them to the scenic Blue Mountains area of New South Wales, near Sydney. The mountain range is a popular tourist destinations for locals and foreigners alike.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in the close-knit community this morning. The area was recently plagued by bushfires. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were keen to visit the area to publicize the relief efforts and rebuilding of the area. They also wanted to highlight the local culture and hobbies.
One resident of the Blue Mountains region, Jennie Hall, spoke very poignantly by saying: “To bring George to Australia like Diana did with William says a lot about this couple and the way Prince William spoke about his mother publicly, I think that was beautiful, and that has given great strength to us that he chose to do so on his first day in Australia.”
The first event of the day was an uplifting event in the wake of a tragedy. Six months ago, the Blue Mountains community was ravaged by bushfires. The tight knit community was greatly affected by the natural disaster.
Local emergency services and fire service personnel greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the community center. Their Royal Highnesses spent time meeting with the community members and chatting with each person individually.
William and Kate met with the victims and families of the bushfires at an informal luncheon. They attended a “Sausage Sizzle” – a popular barbecue-style community and fundraising event. We must say the food looked delicious!
William and Kate made their way outside to meet with the local Girl Guides. Kate works very closely with the UK Scouting Association back home. The Girl Guides helped the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge plant a tree to signify growth and rebuilding.
Kate wore a blue ikat print wrap dress by Diane von Furstenburg. She paired the outfit with her navy Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges. Her jewelry was kept simple with her Cartier watch, sapphire drop earrings and Mappin & Webb necklace. Kate’s dress was IDed by the incredible Elizabeth from Kate’s Closet.
Echo Point and Three Sisters
After running 30 minutes behind schedule, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued today’s events with a sightseeing experience. Their Royal Highnesses ventured to a lookout point to see the Three Sisters.
Three similar rock formations jut out mysteriously from the mountains. According to Aboriginal legend, the formations were originally three sisters who were cast into stone.
It is one of the most iconic sites of the Blue Mountains region and, after seeing many photographs, it is easily one of the most beautiful views of the whole tour.
While at Echo Point, they received kangaroo fur capes as a formal gift for themselves and for George. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with locals and did a walkabout to meet the massive crowds that came to see them.
In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with locals who enjoy abseiling. While many had hoped they might give it a go, Wills and Kate declined to scale down a giant mountain attached by a string (not sure we blame them!)