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Sydney welcomes UK royal family with sunshine and cheers

Published on Apr 16, 2014 4:47 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Britain's Prince William and wife Kate charmed a welcoming crowd at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday as they began the Australian leg of a tour Down Under with baby Prince George.

The couple touched down in Sydney after a 10-day visit to New Zealand in which the royal infant George was the star attraction, and were taken by motorcade to the iconic harbourside building.

Addressing a reception inside the Opera House, Prince William praised Australia's efforts in leading the search to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the remote Indian Ocean. "Your contribution to the ongoing search for MH370 has earned respect in every quarter of the globe," he said.

And he spoke of the affection for the former British penal colony held by members of his family including his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, his father Prince Charles and his late mother Diana.

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