The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make a day trip to Queensland on Saturday, where they’ll connect with RAAF personnel at Amberley.

The last time Prince William visited Queensland, he was consoling people left devastated by the worst floods in 40 years.

That visit in 2011 was part of his first official tour of Australia, but it came about because of disasters in New Zealand and Australia – the Christchurch earthquake and Cyclone Yasi and floods in Queensland and floods in Victoria.

His visit to the Sunshine State on Saturday – accompanied this time by his wife Kate – will be a happier affair.

So far on this visit to Australia, the royal couple have been greeted by large and enthusiastic crowds, and Queensland is expected to be no different.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will touch down at Amberley RAAF base first to spend time with service families.

Kate will have plenty in common with the military wives, having spent the first year of married life with William while he served as a RAF search and rescue pilot at Anglesey in Wales.

William retired last year from the RAF after serving for seven and a half years.

The royal family has a long military history and William has made sure to connect with service men and women during his visit to New Zealand and Australia.

Last week in Auckland, they spent time at a RNZAF base.

At Amberley – Australia’s largest operational air base – they’ll inspect the F/A-18F Super Hornet, plant a tree in the memorial garden and meet RAAF personnel and their families.

Later they’ll head to Brisbane for a civic reception to be hosted by Premier Campbell Newman and Governor Penelope Wensley.

William – who came to Australia with his parents Charles and Diana when he was nine months old – didn’t see Queensland, in an official role, until March 2011 when he was 28.

Prince George, the couple’s first and to date only child, won’t be joining William and Kate on this occasion.

His ancestors began their Sunshine State pilgrimage in 1868.

It is, after all, a place named after Queen Victoria, the baby future king’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother.