The royal couple made the most of their short time at the Royal Easter Show, visiting pavilions and wowing the crowds.
The Duke of Cambridge picked up a tip for Halloween, the duchess shared one of Prince George’s favourite meals, and they met a sheep with a special royal connection.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got a taste of regional Australia on Friday in more ways than one when they visited Sydney’s Royal Easter Show on Good Friday.
At the popular district exhibits display, the couple checked out the winning display, from the northern region, which might have been proud of its soft Alpaca wool.
But Kate commented on the fleece for other reasons.
“The princess said (the Duke) should put some on his head,” said Lyn Cregan, 67, from Glen Innes.
“She pointed at him and said ‘You need it more than me.’ He laughed.”
When Ms Cregan revealed she used hair lacquer on the pumpkins to give them extra shine, the Duke said he would try the trick next Halloween.
While admiring piles of root vegetables in the South East Queensland display, Kate told preserve maker Diana Lisle that George is particularly fond of sweet potatoes.
Hundreds watched the couple move through the hall, viewing exhibits from producers from across NSW. The displays are the largest of their kind in the world, with more than 10,000 fresh pieces of produce on display.
The couple tasted wild berry and macadamia nougat and chocolates, and scores of presents were pressed into their minders’ arms, including half a dozen Easter eggs, baby clothes, fudge and tea.
A trolley was brought to cope with the flow as the crowds passed them books, Possum Magic and Peppa Pig toys, and bouquets.
The couple unveiled a plaque in the new Southee and Badgery Pavilion, home to the Show’s arts and crafts, fashion and style and flower and garden displays.
Kate, a keen photographer, paid special attention to the pavilion’s photography display.
She told Alison Renwick, former chair of the arts and crafts pavilion, that she enjoyed taking photos, and painting and drawing.
“She said she doesn’t get much time for it anymore,” Ms Renwick said.
But it was Cox Pavilion that seemed to hold special interest for William, who in March completed a University of Cambridge 10-week course in agricultural management.
There they met Fred the six-year-old ram, who had been taught to bow for the occasion, and watched shearers in action.
Wool from Fred’s Merino fleece went into a suit that was presented to the Duke on the occasion of his wedding.
At the Wool for School exhibit, Kate met last year’s winner, Sophie Aylward, from Kinross Wollaroi School in Orange, whose winning design was a blue woollen dress for the Duchess.
The couple were due to sign the Show’s visitors book on leaving, but made time to receive posies on their way out.
They didn’t, however, have time to pick up a Bertie Beetle showbag.