Royal Couple Will, Kate Mark Easter Sunday With Church Service In Australia

(Reuters)
(Reuters)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have marked Easter Sunday by attending a church service in Sydney.

William and Catherine were greeted by cheering crowds outside St Andrew’s Cathedral in the city centre.

While at the cathedral, they signed the First Fleet Bible, which was brought to Australia in 1788 and bears the names of other members of the royal family.

The couple then moved onto Taronga Zoo, where Prince George was introduced to a bilby, a rabbit-like marsupial.

Bilbies, which hide in burrows during the day and have large ears to pick up the sounds of insects and long noses to sniff out seeds and bulbs, were once common in Australia.

But there are now only 10,000 left in the wild because of the threat from non-native species like foxes and cats.

Dressed in a blue striped shirt, blue shorts and black shoes, the young prince looked excited to meet the native animal, which was named George in his honour.

He was handed a toy version, throwing the gift to one side.

William and Catherine also unveiled a plaque at the bilby enclosure, which was paid for by the Australian government to celebrate George’s birth.

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SOURCE: BBC

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