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Britain's Prince William and wife Kate hit the beach during Sydney visit

Published on Apr 18, 2014 4:10 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate got to grips with Australia's beach and bush lifestyles on Friday, watching a life-saving display and a sheep-shearing demonstration as part of their tour Down Under with baby son George.

The young royals have received a warm welcome in Sydney, the first stop of their 10-day Australian tour, with thousands flocking to their official reception at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday.

Thousands more craned for a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Easter Show on Friday, where the glamorous couple viewed agricultural exhibits.

Kate, who was wearing a cream cotton lace dress by Australian brand Zimmerman, joked while inspecting an alpaca wool display that her husband's thinning hairline could do with some help from the fleece. "She pointed at him and said, 'You need it more than me.' He laughed," said Ms Lyn Cregan, 67.

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