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Old 04-25-2014, 09:25 AM
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Well, now that the show is over, what's the word on the street in Australia?
From Western Australia, no real concern! But I guess others will interpret this as angst because we were left out of the itinerary. I have dropped the observation amongst college colleagues, neighbours, family, other school parents and to a shop assistant, that they Cambridge family are in Australia the response was blank looks & shrugs of shoulders, then important news was discussed. Soo...........
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:27 AM
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polyesco and Tiggersk8 I am glad you appreciated the link.

Muhler. I think you get the feeling from this thread The young family was enormously popular and has re-energised the feeling towards the BRF. I think the ties to the BRF are much appreciated and valued and as no real alternative has been put forward for a head of state, the general feeling is to keep the status quo.

A few years ago without a new generation of working royals, the monarchy was losing it's lustre. But this tour has put paid to that for some time.

HM must be very pleased.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:13 AM
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Do we know when they land in UK and if we will see photos? Thanks in advance for info.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:16 AM
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But isn't ANZAC an Australian/New Zealand thing? What's Turkey got to do with it?
Gallipoli is significant for Turkey as it is significant for the nation-building of Australia and New Zealand.

Mustafa Kemal, the creator of the modern Turkish state, was the outstanding front-line commander on either side at Gallipoli and was respected by the Allies for his chivalry in victory. His 1934 speech commemorating the loss of the hundreds of thousands of Turkish and Anzac soldiers who perished during the Gallipoli campaign is inscribed on a monument at Anzac Cove (and on the Kemal Atatürk Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra):

Those heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives … you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours…
You, the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:24 AM
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:28 AM
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Do we know when they land in UK and if we will see photos? Thanks in advance for info.
Yes - I'm curious too and a bit surprised to not find any tweeted pics of the transfer to commercial in Sidney. I did bother to look - maybe my search skills are taking the day off.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:40 AM
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I agree. He was the star performer!! Not a tear or tantrum in sight. Feisty baby which is awesome. What I did want to see was the attachment between him and his parents. I did not observe it. Not even in the candid photos taken of their day off in Canberra.

Was looking out for it on their last photos as they left but...NADA!
Perhaps you haven't known many babies.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:53 PM
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Heck with a toy box. That kid is going to need a Toy Palace to keep all his neat stuff in.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:58 PM
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Gosh, is the tour over already? Time flies! I enjoyed looking at the photos from it, and agree with those who think that it was successful. I loved the photos of both Catherine and William meeting the children. I liked how we got to see Prince George quite a lot, who is adorable. Although I must admit that I was a little disappointed not to get a photocall of the family like in the 80s with Diana, Charles and baby William. The staff did not looked pleased when carrying that wombat and George's other gifts! I wonder if they thought "oh God, do we have to lug all of this stuff back?"

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Wearing a bright red cardigan against a chilling Canberra wind, Prince George waved goodbye to Australia today - even if he was looking in the wrong direction.
Wrapped in his mother's arms as she and the Duke gave their own farewell waves, Prince George squirmed about as they stood at the top of their aircraft's steps.
The 9-month-old future King looked pleasantly disgruntled as the Royal couple gave Australians their last glimpse of their cute son before flying back to London.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's little prince bids farewell as Royal tour of Australia comes to an end | Mail Online

There are some good photos of the Cambridges in this article.
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:46 PM
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Thanks for answering my previous question.

I have one more. In this picture: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/...9_964x1135.jpg
I notice a piece of greenery, (fir?) above William's medals and above Catherine's poppy. What does that represent?
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That's rosemary for remembrance, Muhler.
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Yes - I'm curious too and a bit surprised to not find any tweeted pics of the transfer to commercial in Sidney. I did bother to look - maybe my search skills are taking the day off.
Kate: From Berkshire to Buckingham
This only pic may be the one of them parting from Sydney... Not sure though
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:04 PM
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This royal tour ended, i must say that i'm favourably impressed by the professionalism and the energy brought by this young couple. It was of course a PR triumph and little George was an extra aaaaw factor. Kate was just perfect and i guess she's now plainly able to fulfill her royal life with grace, dignity and a good amount of strength. I was a little worried by the not so much favourable press seen here and there over the past few months and the somewhat workshy attitude sometimes associated with the Cambridges. Now i can say they are without doubt highly trained royal pros and a great asset for the BRF. Just hope to see them a little more active on the day to day royal engagment front in the near future...
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:04 PM
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:17 PM
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Rosemary also has special significance for ANZAC as it grew wild at Gallipoli.


From an article in the Telegraph by an experienced royal reporter.

William the Conqueror - of nerves
The Duke of Cambridge has admitted in the past that he suffers from nerves on royal tours, finding the prospect of chatting to crowds a daunting one. But royal aides will have been pleased to see the way he conquered his apprehension to give his most confidence performance to date. Where he has been self-conscious in the past as he shook hands on royal walkabouts, he was spontaneous and witty this time around, tickling children and making them squeal with delight.

There is also a lot being written about how well these two work as a team.

IT will be interesting to see what role William takes on next (Foreign office not confirmed, but announcement expected "soon").
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I think George should be wearing a hat if there is a chill wind.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:54 PM
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The young family was enormously popular and has re-energised the feeling towards the BRF. I think the ties to the BRF are much appreciated and valued and as no real alternative has been put forward for a head of state, the general feeling is to keep the status quo.

A few years ago without a new generation of working royals, the monarchy was losing it's lustre. But this tour has put paid to that for some time.

HM must be very pleased.
I totally agree with this assessment. Kate and William have injected some much needed glamour that has been missing for a while.
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I agree. I think they did a fabulous job on this trip. They showed that they are a caring and compassionate couple who are not afraid to spend time with people and maybe break a few rules of royal protocol. I applaud the effort they made in trying to be somewhat normal. Or at least as normal as possible for a royal. Good job.

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Old 04-25-2014, 04:02 PM
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I agree, I too hope to see them carrying out more official engagements in the UK. I think George's full-time nanny (Maria) is a great deal of help to them and William & Catherine are now able to do more and travel with or without George.

They did a fantastic job on this tour indeed. I know their families back at home must be proud, especially Her Majesty The Queen.
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