It'll be a royal Easter with Ipswich stopover
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - and their baby son George - will meet and greet during a visit to RAAF Base Amberley next month.
As the QT revealed in January, William, Kate and George will visit Ipswich as part of their tour of New Zealand and Australia.
Yesterday, details of the tour itinerary were announced, with a one-day trip to Ipswich and Brisbane on April 19, Easter Saturday.
The itinerary does not specify chances for meeting the public but Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is pushing for them to meet the people of Ipswich after Prince William charmed the city in the wake of the 2011 floods.
Royal insiders say it will be a casual tour reflecting the young couple's relaxed nature with no formal events planned.
Prince William's private secretary said Kate had not visited either Australia or New Zealand but "has wanted to do so as long as she can remember".
"It's a tremendously exciting visit and I can tell you Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to it immensely," he said.
"Kate is particularly looking forward to experiencing some of the warmth and hospitality for which the people of both countries are renowned the world over."
After spending Good Friday in Sydney including a visit to the Royal Easter Show, the family is scheduled to arrive at RAAF Base Amberley. The Duke will inspect the guard before the couple view RAAF aircraft, visit the memorial garden and plant a tree before attending a reception with RAAF personnel, families and veterans.
The Duke and Duchess will then attend a reception hosted by the Queensland Governor and the Premier at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Cr Pisasale wrote to the couple inviting them to tour Ipswich as part of their RAAF base visit.
"I think it's a great opportunity for the Prince and his family after landing at Ipswich to come through Ipswich and say g'day to a gathering of people who want to say thankyou for coming and helping us after the floods," the Mayor said.
"Or we can incorporate with the base. One thing about Ipswich is the base is part of our family and part of Ipswich."
- Sydney Opera House
- Surf lifesaving demonstration, Manly
- Taronga Zoo
- Easter Sunday service
- Trip to Uluru
- National Portrait Gallery
- Prime Minister's reception, Parliament House