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British royals soak up Sydney

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 - 00:58

Apr. 18 - Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit an agricultural show and a beach in Sydney as part of their ongoing tour of Australia. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their tour of Australia on Friday (April 18) with a visit to the Bear Cottage children's' hospice and a beach in the Sydney suburb of Manly. Bear Cottage treats children with what they call life-limiting conditions and Prince William met bereaved families while Catherine, who is also known as Kate, met patients and their parents in the playroom. Kate, who is involved in children's hospices in the UK, joined a music therapy session in the garden and congratulated the hospice for work she described as 'life changing,' and also thanked them for the invitation to see their work. "If I may I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who's welcomed me and George so incredibly warmly on our first visit. To be here as a family has been very special and we'll always remember it as such a happy memory. Thank you for inviting us here and for such a generous welcome," the Duchess said. The royals also visited Manly beach, where Prime Minister Abbott is a regular swimmer, to see a demonstration of surf-life saving, a traditional Australian activity carried out by members of hundreds of clubs around the country. The couple saw young surf life savers racing on the beach and swimming through the surf. Since records began in 1949, Surf Life Saving clubs in New South Wales alone have saved more than 345,000 people from drowning. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent THE morning at Sydney's Royal Easter Show in the city's Olympic Park. Thousands of people lined the route through the show to see the couple who attended without baby Prince George, who stayed behind with his nanny, local media reported. On Saturday (April 19) the royals will travel to Queensland and meet Royal Australian Air Force personnel and attend a State Reception in Brisbane.

British royals soak up Sydney

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 - 00:58

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