Go behind the scenes of The Royal Tour with our photographer blogs from New Zealand and Australia. Don Arnold discusses the final stop of the Royal Tour in Sydney.
Whilst it is an accepted part of the rigmarole for media in such circumstances, it is perhaps not widely understood that strict security protocols are required on a state visit. The Royal Trio visiting Taronga Zoo on the final stop of their tour in Sydney was no exception.
Lengthy waits upon our arrival at an event can take up to three hours before any camera is even looked at. A myriad of police, sniffer dogs plus miscellaneous security and PR all have a job to do in these large blocks of time between arrival and event. Whilst tedious, the excitement does build as kick off approaches.
A full house consisting of at least 200 media and just as many regular patrons saw William and Catherine finally emerge and ascend the amphitheatre that housed the bird enclosure at Taronga Zoo.
Having changed into a cream broderie anglaise dress by an unnamed designer, the Duchess displayed the charm and natural grace that has entranced all on this visit, stopping to pose for photos and accept gifts of flowers from a number of children before taking her seat beside her husband at the bottom of the theatre.
It was here that The Royal Couple watched a bird show involving some well trained galahs, sulphur crested cockatoos, a black kite, a barking owl and a brolga. Upon moving inside the animal enclosure, Prince William looked on as Catherine stroked a koala named Louca and both looked entranced as two echidnas named Linx and Jindi played at their feet.
That such an array of native Australian fauna could be enjoyed against a Sydney Harbour backdrop featuring uninterrupted views of the Bridge and Opera house seemed a fitting end to the Sydney leg of the Royal Tour.
Editor's Note: For more picture of the Royal Tour, click here