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Royals visit Australia's iconic Uluru landmark

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:37

April 22 - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour the popular Uluru site and members of Aboriginal community. Sarah Toms reports.

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William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Uluru, one of Australia's most iconic landmarks, as part of their Antipodean tour. Before touring the site, the royal couple visited the National Indigenous Training Academy to present recent hospitality and catering graduates with certificates. The royal couple were presented with an Aboriginal spear, made from mulga wood and bound with kangaroo tendons. William joked that he might have problems taking it through customs. Prince George did not accompany his mother and father on this stage of the tour. He stayed in Canberra with his nanny. The duke and duchess also went on a brief walkabout, meeting well-wishers -- some who had driven for hours to see them and others, children from one of the local schools. The royal couple were welcomed by the chief Minister of Northern Territory before they viewed an indigenous art display and enjoyed afternoon tea. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF MINISTER OF NORTHERN TERRITORY, ADAM GILES, SAYING: "The local people from Uluru, from Yulara, from Alice Springs, and from all around the Northern Territory are completely pumped, and we got school kids who travelled long and far to see the royals and have a chance to have an opportunity to speak with them or have a photo. They are quite excited, we're all excited, and we thank the royals for choosing the Northern Territory as a destination of choice." Treated to a traditional aboriginal show of music and dancing, the duke and duchess then took a short walk around Uluru with a local guide. The world-famous landmark is a massive sandstone mound, sacred to the Aboriginal people. As the sun set, the royals watched it change colour as it was bathed in light.

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Royals visit Australia's iconic Uluru landmark

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:37