epa04169723 Britain's Prince William (centre L) and his wife Catherine (centre R) meet with girl guides at Winmalee, an area in the Blue Mountains heavily affected by bushfires, on April 17, 2014. The royal couple and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. EPA/WILLIAM WEST
epa04169723 Britain's Prince William (centre L) and his wife Catherine (centre R) meet with girl guides at Winmalee, an area in the Blue Mountains heavily affected by bushfires, on April 17, 2014. The royal couple and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. EPA/WILLIAM WEST WILLIAM WEST

No sign of Prince George in Royal bushfire tour

THERE was no sign of baby Prince George but the chance to meet his parents drew thousands to the main streets of towns across the Blue Mountains on Thursday.After spending their first night in Australia at Admiralty House in Sydney, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were flown to towns worst hit in last year's bushfire crisis.

First stop was Winmalee, where more that 200 homes were destroyed last October.

Within minutes of touching down in the region, Kate's navy and white Diane von Furstenberg dress had sold out worldwide.

Her outfit not only captured the attention of fashion commentators - many of whom are eager to see the Duchess step out in an Australian label during the tour - but also to a lucky bunch of Winmalee Girl Guides who enjoyed lunch with the royal couple before being asked to pose for a photo saying the word "Princess" in unison.

The couple headed to tourism hot spot Eco Point before spending the afternoon meeting with members of a youth mentoring program.

It's the second time royals have visited the region this year.

Weeks after the bushfire crisis, Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark changed their Sydney schedule to meet with families who the fires had been impacted during their Australian tour.

Red Cross Regional Manager Danny Croucher said it was an honour for volunteers, some of whom were still helping the community recover from the fires, to share their experiences with William and Kate.

He said many locals were still "getting back on their feet" and the royal visit had given them a much-needed boost.

By late afternoon the royals had been choppered back to Admiralty House where they were reunited with their son and met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

They are expected to attend a Good Friday Service in the Sydney CBD tomorrow before giving the baby prince his first taste of the Royal Easter Show.

Online betting agency Sportsbet was offering odds on which show bag the nine-month old would take home.

Up until the information was removed from the site on Thursday, a Bertie Beetle bag was the favourite.


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