Catherine (L), the Duchess of Cambridge, walks with Jennifer Dudley (C), wife of Glenn Dudley, president of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales.
Catherine (L), the Duchess of Cambridge, walks with Jennifer Dudley (C), wife of Glenn Dudley, president of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales. SAEED KHAN

All eyes on Kate's dress at the Royal Easter Show

IT WAS a fresh and breezy day at Sydney's Royal Easter Show for the Duke and Duchess, even as Kate unknowingly crashed an Australian designer's website as the hordes tried to imitate her look.

Baby George was a no-show, but hopefully someone will sneak him a Bertie Beetle for once his teeth grow.

Good Friday marked the final day in New South Wales for the couple who are at 11.05am due to arrive at Amberley's RAAF air base.

For armchair fashion critics, Duchess Kate was showing off a creamy-white embroderie anglais dress - that's English embroidery for those playing at home - by Zimmerman.

Eagle-eyed royal watchers suspect her cork wedge heels with woven leather straps are from Stuart Weitzmann.

The choice follows a trend of her showing not everything she wears is binned after a single wear.

Her hair was out, she carried a faded small textured clutch.

Aside from her enormous wedding ring she inherited from Princess Diana, the accessories were generally understated.

It is the show, after all.

The choice was also a marked change from the more sophisticated Diane von Furstenburg frock she wore on Thursday when she travelled through the Blue Mountains to meet bushfire victims.

Before lunch, she and Duke William dashed off to Bear Cottage in Manly, where she was met by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and wife Margie.

The cottage is the only children's hospice in New South Wales, created to care for children with terminal illness.

Its mantra is to be "as far removed from a hospital environment as possible".

Will spent time with grieving families in the cottage's lounge as Kate ducked into the hospice playroom to meet patients and siblings as they mucked about with arts and crafts.

Late in the afternoon, the young royals popped over to nearby Manly beach, to watch "beach flags" and swim and board events.

Today, Will is expected to hop behind the controls of an Australian Super Hornet flight simulator to show off his skills and meet with Australian Defence Force soldiers.

The royal couple will end the day at a reception held in their honour at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight.

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The royal couple will head to Ipswich in Queensland to visit the RAAF base at Amberley, and attend a reception at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in the evening.


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