Long wait pays off for princess Aaliyah
MEETING a real-life princess is every little girl's dream.
Aaliyah Rowe will be the envy of all her friends after she spent time with Catherine during the royals' stroll down a short street in Brisbane's South Bank precinct.
The Beachmere nine-year-old - wearing a stunning tiara and pretty yellow dress - was able to hand her pristinely wrapped pink carnations to the duchess.
"It was exciting," Aaliyah said. "She said I had a nice dress and she liked her flowers."
Mother Aleasha Bliss said her daughter was in shock as she shook hands with Kate and managed only a "thank you" in response.
After travelling into the city on the train early in the morning to snap up a prime position, Aaliyah had a long wait before the moment she will never forget arrived.
Asked why she wanted to meet Kate, she said: "Because I just do".
She had plenty to say on the princess's dresses and baby George too.
"I think they're really, really pretty," she said. "I think (George is) really cute. I would have wanted to see him."
Aaliyah was among thousands who flocked to South Bank to see William and Kate walk through and have a chance to talk to them.
Australian flags were waved furiously while a few people from the homeland dressed up in British colours for the occasion.