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Old 04-19-2014, 01:31 AM
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thank you Sun Lion for your first hand coverage
Some pictures of the protestors
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BljaWMlCUAAWrZe.png
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BljVYWBCYAAn9ve.jpg

Arriving to see the governor
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BljpML6CUAAE9uG.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BljrjWKCcAA4WJ3.jpg

Big crowds await in South Bank
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:13 AM
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You know Sun Lion, in my mind I can almost hear you reporting on the wireless.
This looks like a transcript from the news on a radiostation.
Please continue, you make this visit so much more alive.

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The ABC reports that this visit is costing Australians 1.5 to 2 million dollars.
I believe the fairly modest sums spend on such a visit is well spend.
Partly because it's one big positive coverage of Australia and New Zealand.

But just as importantly because I believe it's healthy to throw a collective party once in a while and just let go - or to complain away for those who feel better that way, simply to get away from the grey everyday life with budget cuts and what not.
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:34 AM
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I miss hats; Diana loved her hats with dresses whilst on tour. But now this is Catherine's tour and she has chosen to rarely wear any.

The Queen's jewels; did not believe for one minute they would be leaving the vaults!
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:51 AM
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Arrival today, the lady standing next to Catherine was wearing a hat, should've she been wearing one? I would've loved to see one on today.


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Old 04-19-2014, 05:51 AM
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You made me laugh Muhler.
Must be the Capricorn in me coming out - I always want to know the facts/the details.
After that I can admire the photos, hear who said what etc.
I thought I might be sounding like the weather-girl, so I've tried not to get carried away with that - though I've just seen Royal reporter Emily Andrew's tweet that the media were melting in today's heat - while the Duchess looked as cool as a cucumber - and that there were a lot of sunburnt faces in the crowd.
Fingers crossed that Prince George will be up for a BDO tomorrow.
Expecting the Duke and Duchess to return to Admiralty House tomorrow after the Easter Sunday Service, for lunch with PG, before going to Taronga.
Apparently they did so yesterday - between the Show and Manly.
(And Admiralty House is ''on the way'' for both days - so, some clever planning.)
And hi polyesco.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:31 AM
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And is it me, or is William his mother's son?
My thoughts exactly.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:26 AM
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William has always been his mother's son. IMO he is more like Diana (in some ways) than Charles. Certainly when it comes to dealing with the public.


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Old 04-19-2014, 07:36 AM
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Despite hating endless comments about royal wardrobe I have to say I LOVED the DuchessesŽ white dress!
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/...9_470x1149.jpg

I guess this time even the Duke will be happy...! ;-D
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:50 AM
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Big theme of the tour for me so far: Kate's showing increasing confidence and no longer deferring to her husband all the time.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:57 AM
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Another thought concerning the costs: This is not a 3-day-state-visit (which let alone is not cheap), but a tour of more than 2 weeks. I guess the greatest amount of the costs are security. If a republican politician, a president would do a tour like this, it wouldnŽt cost less, of course.
The reason why republican representatives would never do a tour of this length is because nobody would care. I mean, whoŽd be interested in a man in a grey suit, forgotten within a couple of years, opening a clinic or somethinŽ?!
You can believe me that IŽd LOVE to give my tax money to a royal family rather than a republican state and I envy everyone who does!
It absolutely fascinates me that the magic from top members of the british royal family still works 1000s of miles from the "mothercountry" with almost everyone attending having a good time together!
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:32 AM
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Big crowds await in South Bank

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BljqdA2CEAAYOoi.jpg
Wait a minute, I thought no-one was interested in this visit? We were assured by several members that people didn't even know it was happening. Were these people attending some other event and Will and Kate just appeared, or did they just happen to be wandering around there not knowing the royals were coming?

I mean, clearly people are just not bothered at all:

Large crowds cheer and try to catch a glimpse of Catherine Duchess of... News Photo 485580537 | Getty Images
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:05 AM
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Inside Admiralty House from the Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...lty-House.html

Prince George is the center of attention. Interesting that Rebecca, Miguel and David Manning are there but not the nanny.

Apparently Team Cambridge went to a rugby match after coming back from Brisbane. Loving the photo of Kate's head on Will's shoulder.

http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/...-1226890070147
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:05 AM
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Too tired to watch last night! Some thoughts this AM:

Too bad there are no crowds: http://cache4.asset-cache.net/gc/485...KldTmiew%3d%3d
This blue hat got a lot of attention on Twitter: http://cache2.asset-cache.net/gc/485...fTNmfLGg%3d%3d
Who needs Pilates when you are doing this half the day: Catherine Duchess of Cambridge receives flower from Tahlia McCabe as... News Photo 485570847 | Getty Images
Well, this is very high skilled http://cache1.asset-cache.net/gc/485...ETads5Cf2mtyV0
It is so important to make one another laugh: http://cache3.asset-cache.net/gc/485...4iKLQOeJoaG4fe
Feet up: http://cache1.asset-cache.net/gc/485...x06Wsjag%3d%3d
9 year old Ashleigh Kearnan is working the look - well done!: http://cache3.asset-cache.net/gc/485...Vrn1QQM1gZS9Ox

Anyway - lovely day!
And heavens, please let George sleep well until Sunday afternoon then let him be happy to go to the Zoo. I know I am!
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Thanks for all the articles everyone (especially Sun Lion, who I hope is recovering).

The picture of Catherine in the cockpit of the Super Horner has me wondering how she got in there in that dress and those heels. Maybe she should have worn her skinny jeans and flats today.

Kate only has eyes for George at tea party at Admiralty House | Mail Online
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Kate Middleton and Prince William made an impromptu visit to a rugby game in Sydney - hellomagazine.com
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:31 AM
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Apparently Team Cambridge went to a rugby match after coming back from Brisbane. Loving the photo of Kate's head on Will's shoulder.

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Poor Catherine looks beat in some of those photos, but the one with her head on Will's shoulder is very, very sweet.
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I love those two!!
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Another thought concerning the costs: This is not a 3-day-state-visit (which let alone is not cheap), but a tour of more than 2 weeks. I guess the greatest amount of the costs are security. If a republican politician, a president would do a tour like this, it wouldnŽt cost less, of course.
The reason why republican representatives would never do a tour of this length is because nobody would care. I mean, whoŽd be interested in a man in a grey suit, forgotten within a couple of years, opening a clinic or somethinŽ?!
You can believe me that IŽd LOVE to give my tax money to a royal family rather than a republican state and I envy everyone who does!
It absolutely fascinates me that the magic from top members of the british royal family still works 1000s of miles from the "mothercountry" with almost everyone attending having a good time together!
President Obama paid a visit to Belgium a few weeks ago. Total cost for the Belgian tax payer for 1 DAY + 1 night : 500.000 euros. Nothing against President Obama, on the contrary, but his visit was hardly covered in the media, even in the US. Nobody is going to visit my country and increase tourism income because Obama was here. For the world-wide media attention W&C's tour of NZ and Australia is getting (it's on the news here every night) they are a bargain.
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