This afternoon Kate, William and Prince George made their much-anticipated visit to Sydney’s famed Taronga Zoo. At the top of the “Things to See” list: the Bilbys, described as something like a cross between a rabbit and a rat.
The animals are on the brink of extinction, work is being done to restore them to their natural habitats. More from the Daily Mail:
He is visiting the bilby enclosure named after him, where he may ‘meet’ the endangered marsupial which is also named after him. The Palace accepted Australia’s offer to name the bilby enclosure after Prince George after the royal heir’s birth last year, as well as the Australian government’s gift of a bilby for the young prince to ‘adopt’.
The Prince and his parents at the bilby enclosure, via these pictures from 9News Australia:
The Duke, Duchess and Prince all looked like they enjoyed the bilby experience, George seemed quite taken with it all.
The commemorative plaque about the Prince George Bilby Exhibit..
One image everyone was hoping to see: the Cambridges with a koala. These photos are by the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, Rebecca English.
As many will no doubt remember, Kate wore this dress on a previous tour. The Duchess wore it in the Solomon Islands during the Jubilee Tour of 2012.
The dress is in the fabric we spoke about yesterday, broderie anglaise, simply called ‘eyelet’ by most. Below, a more detailed look at the pattern.
The dress was originally described as “primrose yellow” by St. James’s Palace. It features a boat neckline, full short sleeves that were unlined and self belted waistline, although the belt appears to have been removed for today’s wearing.
Kate wore her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings.
The Duchess also had a necklace on with an
an acorn and two unknown charms or talismans. We’ll effort a photo as well as information on the necklace.
Shaun Leane, has created the Woodland Collection for Asprey. Comprising of charm bracelets, earrings and pendants, the collection features whimsical charms inspired by English woodland flora. Renowned for their dynamic and contemporary designs, founder Shaun Leane is influenced by the brand’s heritage and craftsmanship.
The Woodland Collection is both formal and informal. It can be a statement as well as subtle accessory and an enduring gift to be collected, cherished and passed onto future generations.
A closer look at the necklace with charms, unfortunately in almost every photo Kate’s hair obscures the charms. Here is one effort to better show them.
I can definitely see the mushroom, the other two are harder to define. Below, a bracelet with charms from the Woodland collection.
We saw the Stuart Weitzman Minx return, we show them at Zappos ($395). .
For those wondering what prince George wore, our graphic has the info.
Our thanks to Prince George Pieces for such speedy IDs on these.
- Visit the Taronga Zoo website here, or its Facebook Page here
- raw video of the activity at the bilby enclosure is on MSN here
- more than 6 minutes of raw video with the Cambridges at the bilby enclosure can be seen here
- the Daily Mail’s photo-laden story from Rebecca English can be read here
- the Save the Bilby website is here
- Channel 7′s story on the Zoo visit can be seen here