Prince William and Kate paid a visit to Manly beach and the Duke expressed a wish to enrol his nipper Prince George in the local surf club.
Move over David Hasselhoff. There’s a new surf life saver dude in town. And his name is Prince William.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Sydney’s Manly beach on Good Friday and William said he’d love to enrol his nipper, baby Prince George, in a surf lifesaving club.
Moreover, the sporty Duke said he’d happily plunge into the surf if the royal bub should ever get into trouble.
“William said if they were in Australia he’d put George into surf life saving and that he’d go out there and rescue him if he ever needed it,” Kara Blackley, 14, told AAP.
Ms Blackley, from Manly Surf Life Saving Club, was among a number of youngsters who got the chance to speak with the royals during their trip to the beach.
And who knows? Baby Prince George could become a future surf champion.
The royal tot, who didn’t attend the event because he was napping, was given a six-foot surfboard by Manly Mayor Jean Hay.
William and his father both have a history of surfing, so the sport runs in their blue blood.
Kate also professed her love for the surf at Manly – arguably the crown jewel of Sydney’s beaches – which was packed with royal fans and wellwishers.
The northern beaches suburb certainly turned on the sunshine for the visit.
“Kate said it was the first beach she’s been onto in Australia and she absolutely loved it,” said Grace Gurr, 13.
“She wished she brought George but he was asleep when they left.”
William and Kate were escorted onto Manly beach by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NSW Premier Mike Baird – both locals who serve as patrons for the local surf life saving clubs.
Mr Abbott wore a jacket and open-necked shirt, not his trademark budgie smugglers.
The surf was pounding, the beachside Norfolk pines rippled in the gentle breeze and a Navy warship patrolled just beyond the breakers, a few hundred metres from surfers apparently oblivious of all the hullabaloo.
The Duke wore brown loafers and a jacket and chinos while Kate was sporting a white dress and her high wedges.
That’s not how the locals do it. The unofficial dress code in Manly is thongs and board shorts.
But residents seemed happy to overlook the regal wardrobe faux pas and cheered the couple at every opportunity.
The royals witnessed surf life saving skills demonstrated by youngsters from Manly and Queenscliff surf life saving clubs.
William fired the start gun for a swimming race.
The royals head to Brisbane on Saturday for the fourth day of their Australian tour.
Life’s a beach and then you fly.