Thank you for your warm welcome.
Your Excellency, Sir Nicholas, Mr President, thank you for inviting me and Catherine this afternoon. There cannot be a more impressive place than the iconic Sydney Opera House to begin our first visit together to Australia. I know that New South Wales is a very special place, and Catherine and I are looking forward to seeing that for ourselves over the coming days.
My last visit to Australia – in 2011 – was at a sad and testing time for the nation. A cyclone followed by flooding had devastated lives and property in Queensland, and bush fires had ravaged the State of Victoria. I am sorry to return to find that, yet again, fellow Australians in north Queensland are coping with the aftermath of another destructive cyclone.
Australia has much to contend with at the moment: your contribution to the ongoing search for MH370 has earned respect in every quarter of the globe. Australia’s determined and leading role in the search is at the very edge of technological ability and human endurance.
You have also responded with great generosity in the past few days to the natural disaster afflicting the Solomon Islands, which is suffering dreadfully from floods and successive earthquakes. Australia has led the international response in a way that is testament to the strength of your partnerships with your neighbours, and the important role that Australia plays both regionally and globally.
This visit to Australia has been one that Catherine and I have been looking forward to for a long time. On my first visit here as an adult in 2010, I remember just how bowled over I was by Sydney: seeing the energy and diversity of this beautiful city, and understanding just how much Australia is the home of innovation, opportunity and possibility.
I was well prepared: the affection that my grandmother The Queen has for this nation is infectious.
Her Majesty spoke recently of how, since her first visit here sixty years ago, she has been privileged to witness Australia’s growing economy and flowering self-confidence.
For Catherine, Harry and me, born in the early 80s, we’ve never known anything else – Australia and Australians have always been for us a beacon of confidence, creativity in the arts and sporting ability.
Harry felt very honoured to be invited to the centenary Fleet Review in Sydney harbour last year; and I know how much my father enjoyed his visit here in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. My mother’s deep affection for Australia – which you were so kind to reciprocate – needs no reminder.
I don’t think I could finish these brief words to you without mentioning one other family member, George, who is now busy forging his own link with Australia. Catherine and I were very grateful for the many kind messages and gifts from across the country that we received when George was born. I suspect George’s first word might be ‘bilby’ – only because ‘koala’ is harder to say. We really look forward to our time here together as a family.
Australia is an inspiring place, as this amazing Opera House shows so vividly, and I know that a truly unforgettable few days lie ahead.
i need jesus to save me from this font rn
Just one thing, Harry was born 2 years after William, not 3.
Harry’s birthday is September 15th, 1984 :)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George Leave New Zealand for Australia on April 16, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.
George looks so sleepy:’)
This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!
Prince George is already winning girls’ hearts! During the royal tour’s final stop in New Zealand, 11-month-old Ruby Cate Blitz proved that she was Prince George’s number-one fan by sporting a sweet shirt that read, “Marry me George.” Despite the rain, the adorable little girl was all smiles, and she even won the attention of Prince William, who gave her a sweet smile when he spotted her shirt. He chatted with Ruby Cate’s parents before calling Kate over and saying, “She’s absolutely beautiful.” Looks like she’s already making a good impression!
This is adorable :)
I just saw this on twitter. I’m dead.
Hahaha, I loved it :)
Hello everyone! On April 29th will mark the 3rd year anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding! So Irine (williamsexybaldspot) and I have decided to host a liveblog party! (yay parties are so much fun) to celebrate their 3 years of marriage. It will all start on April 15th we will liveblog a documentary called Tales Of Two Lives at 9pm est, then on April 22nd we will be liveblogging William at 30 and Kate: The First Year at 8pm est, so be there or be square! That all leads up to the liveblog of their wedding on April 29th at 8pm est! We will relive that fantastic day all over again and share stories of what the day was like for you! Tag this as wk3years!
All of these will take place on a Tuesday when Will and Kate are resting while on tour or when they’ve already have left so you won’t miss anything from their Australian and New Zealand Tour! I really hope you guys can join us! All these documentaries are on youtube, if you have the royal wedding on DVD then you are more than welcome to watch it, Also, Irine and I have never watched these documentaries so if they suck then they will be a good laugh but if they don’t then we did a great job
Tales of Two lives (April 15th, at 9pm est)
William at 30 (April 22nd, at 8pm est)
Kate: The First Year (Aprill 22nd, after William at 30)
To make things fun lets all wear a British flag shirt or anything that has to do with the British royal family (it can be clothing, cups, magazines, tiaras, Kates engagement ring etc..) and you can share them if you want everyone to see it!
Oh goodness… it has been 3 years already.
It feels like it was yesterday they got married. I remember that BBC had the wedding on over and over the whole day.
Will they do a special this year?