Following on from a successful tour of New Zealand, Prince William landed in Australia on Saturday and headed to Cyclone Yasi-ravaged areas of Queensland. He took time to pose with and talk to the thousands of locals who had gathered to see him, and last night attended a $500-a-head charity cocktail with money raised going towards the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal. He took to the stage and praised Queensland’s emergency services, saying, “This morning I heard from the premier [Anna Bligh] of the remarkable efforts of the helicopter crews, whose efforts saved so many from the waters. What she told me — with great pride in their achievements — about the job they did was simply outstanding. As a search and rescue pilot myself, I am full of admiration for their courage and skill.”
On the other topic close to William’s heart — his upcoming wedding to Kate Middleton — he hinted that there’s a possibility they could return to Australia after their April 29 nuptials. Speaking in Cairns, the Prince said, “I love scuba diving, I have always wanted to dive the Barrier Reef. It’s much nicer down here, the weather at home is dreadful. I will have to come back, maybe we’ll have a honeymoon in Cairns?” Cue lots of cheering from the excited crowd! On today’s agenda for William is a trip down south to Victoria, where he’ll continue his tour in Kerang, Benjeroop and Murrabit.
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