Prince William and Kate can expect big crowds and even bigger interest in their son, eight-month-old George, during a jam-packed Australian tour.
They’ll see the beach, the bush, Uluru and Taronga Zoo but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – aka Prince William and Kate – are in for anything but an average tourist experience when they touch down in Sydney on Wednesday.
The royal couple can expect huge crowds and mobs of media on each leg of their 10-day visit to Australia, thanks in part to their popularity but also because of the enormous interest in their son, Prince George.
Eight-month-old George is, like his mother, making his first visit down under.
Having already melted hearts in recent appearances in New Zealand, he is on track to generate a continual stream of collective Antipodean “aawwws” as he travels the nation with his parents.
William and Kate begin their visit with an official reception at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday, followed by a boat trip across the harbour to Admiralty House where they’ll stay as guests of newly appointed Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
Over following days Their Royal Highnesses’ itinerary includes travelling to the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, to speak with survivors of the savage 2013 bushfires; visiting the Royal Easter Show; visiting sick children at Manly’s Bear Cottage hospice and watching lifesavers in action on iconic Manly Beach.
They will take a look at the Taronga Zoo bilby enclosure named after Prince George.
A one-day trip to Brisbane for a city reception and tree-planting at the Amberley RAAF base will break up the Sydney stay.
William and Kate will fly to Uluru in the Northern Territory on April 22, leaving George with his nanny, Maria Borrallo, in Canberra.
While George is expected to accompany his parents on at least one of their Aussie outings, Kensington Palace has not released details of his appearances and there are likely to be limited opportunities to see the third in line to the British throne.
The royal couple are also due to travel to Adelaide to visit the suburb of Elizabeth – so named after the Queen in 1955 – before returning to Canberra to see the National Portrait Gallery and Parliament House.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will host William and Kate at a Parliament House reception during their stay, before they fly home after attending a commemorative service on Anzac Day.
Melbourne – not without some controversy – will miss out altogether on a regal visit.
While Kate and George are making their Australian debut, William has been a visitor three times before, starting with a 1983 visit as a babe-in-arms with his parents, Prince Charles and Diana.
And like every royal tour, Their Royal Highnesses will be accompanied by a hefty entourage, including royal adviser Sir David Manning, private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge, Miguel Head and private secretary to the Duchess of Cambridge, Rebecca Deacon.
Also in the travelling party are three press officers, a tour secretary, a personal assistant, a hairdresser, an orderly and nanny Ms Borrallo.
Often lauded for her sense of style, Kate is expected to reveal a high-end designer wardrobe for her visit, with European house Catherine Walker reportedly high on her list of favoured designers.
Rumour has it the duchess is reorienting her wardrobe towards items with a notably lower hemline.
It remains to be seen whether the public will welcome William and Kate with the same enthusiasm they showed Charles and Diana 31 years ago, when Australians turned out in the hundreds of thousands.
But if the couple’s reception in New Zealand over the past week is any indication, they will find plenty of friends in Australia.
And George will be quite a drawcard too: if somehow you haven’t heard already, he’s just so cute.