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A Royal visit to the Blue Mountains

By Ellen Hill
Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism
Archived 29 Apr 2014 - Posted: 4 Mar 2014
The Duke and Dutchess visit the Blue Mountains
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and little baby Prince George are set to visit the Blue Mountains in April this year!

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George will visit the Blue Mountains during the Sydney leg of their trip “down under” from April 16 to 20.

The visit was announced yesterday (Monday, March 3) by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell.

Daniel Myles

Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) chairman Daniel Myles welcomed the honour.

“I am very proud that BMLOT was invited to assist in the arrangements for the visit to the Blue Mountains by the young royal couple.

“It is a wonderful secret a very small and tight-lipped group within the official regional tourism organisation has kept faithfully for some time. Of course we are delighted it has now been revealed and excited at the prospect of the royal visit.

“The Blue Mountains is one of the most recognisable, not to mention magnificent locations on the planet. It is fitting that one of the most recognisable couples in the world visit it.”

The Blue Mountains, has been a favourite royal tour location for almost a century.

The most celebrated visit was that of the then Duke and Duchess of York in March 1927.

On March 31 of that year, the royal couple arrived at Katoomba by train and walked the short distance from the railway station to The Carrington Hotel (the first resort-style hotel in Australia’s first tourist destination, the Blue Mountains).

Huge crowds greeted them. After lunch, they were driven to Echo Point, home of the Three Sisters, where thousands lined the streets.

The Echonewspaper reported that the Duchess was overheard to say: “ `Look at those clouds! Isn’t it wonderful.’ The Duke’s reply was unintelligible, but his face maintained its customary passivity.”

The royal couple also visited Jenolan Caves during that tour.

“It’s a wonderful honour to have Their Royal Highnesses visit NSW so soon after the birth of their first child,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“I know the royal couple and the young Prince will receive a very warm welcome from the people of NSW, who will be keen to get their first glimpse of Prince George.

“I’m especially delighted The Duke and Duchess will be visiting the Blue Mountains to view the recovery and offer comfort and support to those affected by the devastating October bushfires.

“The visit of Danish royals Prince Fredrick and Princess Mary late last year to the Blue Mountains was a great morale boost for the residents in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, and this trip from The Duke and Duchess will demonstrate the region has recovered, is open for business and a great place for a getaway.

“We are delighted to be a host city for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the young royal Prince.

“The breathtaking pictures of their visit beamed right around the globe will be priceless in showcasing our great state to the world.”

The final itinerary:

The Royals in Australia
Wednesday 16 Sydney:
Arrival Sydney airport, Sydney Opera House reception and Boat to Admiralty House.

Thursday 17 Blue Mountains:
Visit to bushfire affected street, Meeting with community leaders and firefighters and Sightseeing

Friday 18 Sydney:
Royal Easter Show visit, Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice and Surf lifesaving demonstration in Manly

Saturday 19 Brisbane:
RAAF Amberley base visit, Brisbane Convention Centre reception

Sunday 20 Sydney:
Easter Sunday service at  St Andrew’s Cathedral, Taronga Zoo visit including bilby enclosure

Monday 21 Sydney:
No engagements

Tuesday 22 Uluru:
National Indigenous Training Academy visit, Uluru cultural centre visit / Walk around base of Uluru, Afternoon tea with NT chief minister.

Wednesday 23 Adelaide:
Visit to Northern Sound System studios, Reception at Playford civic centre

Thursday 24 Canberra:
National Portrait Gallery visit, Prime Minister’s reception at the Parliament House, National Arboretum tree-planting, Governor-General’s reception

Friday 25 Canberra:
ANZAC Day march and commemorative service, Australian War Memorial and Lone Pine planting ceremony

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

 

This article archived 29 Apr 2014

 
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