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Traditional welcome for William and Kate at Australia's Uluru

Published on Apr 22, 2014 5:28 PM

ULURU, Australia (AFP) - Britain's Prince William visited Australia's Uluru on Tuesday, taking his wife Kate to the spectacular red monolith and evoking the visit by his parents Prince Charles and Diana in 1983.

On arrival at Yulara airport after flying over the landmark formerly known as Ayers Rock, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were met by officials including traditional land owner Daisy Walkabout, who had also welcomed William's parents.

"We're happy to meet them, like we were happy to meet (Charles and Diana) in the past," Walkabout said.

"They've travelled a lot and now they will come to see this country, and it will be good to know they have seen Uluru, which is so hugely significant not just for a small group of people but a whole range of people that are related and connected to this place." The young royals, who are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand with their baby son George, have been warmly received Down Under where crowds have turned out in droves to see them and thrust dozens of gifts at them.

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