The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in town last week, and while we were all too agoraphobic to go out and peek at them for ourselves, we did enjoy the photos of the Royal Itinerary. We felt very fancy once we discovered the Lion King has offered us a similarily Royal Scrapbook. The Royal Itinerary: The lovely couple arrived Wednesday, April 16th, or as the Royals say, 16 April. They naturally hit the classics. The Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
On Thursday, 17 April, the Royal couple went to the Blue Mountains to visit the Three Sisters.
But as Fred the Ram is my witness, on Monday, 14 April when the Royals were still in New Zealand, G got to meet Fred too. The amazing and lovely dresser from the Lion King invited us to a wonderful lunch at the Easter Show because her husband works in agriculture.
The Royals also saw the sheep shearing demonstration as wool exports are a huge part of Australia’s economy.
The day we were there, Jim thought I was in the Lion King, so he hoisted me up on stage to be an assistant sheep shearer which made this a day where two things happened I never thought would: 1. I sheared a sheep and 2. I was in the Lion King.
The second Royal stop that day was Manly Beach, where the Duchess tried to run along the iconic sand in wedges.
If she’d only checked with us, G could have told her first hand it’s better to run on Manly in just your drawers. On Easter Sunday they went to St Andrews Church for an Easter Service which is just across the street from our apartment. We live just off of Bathurst Street, the sign you can see behind them in the photo below. But if you must know, we all use the church’s courtyard as a secret shortcut to the grocery store. Shhhhhhhhh.
The last Royal stop was the Taronga Zoo where we met Millie and they met Leuca.
Now if you are a monarchy fan, or a complete anarchist (or maybe just in it for the dresses–my favorite headline I saw in a cheeky AU paper was: ‘Kate wore a dress designed by so and so and William wore shoes’), these two made two special stops on their tour we haven’t had the privilege to make. They went to visit the families of victims of the October Bush fires and stopped at children’s hospice in Manly which brightened a lot of people’s lives.