TRUMPING unguarded images of the Duke and Duchess and their baby prince playing in a park was always going to be tough, but Tuesday's royal tour provided plenty of fodder for photographers as Kate and William experienced the red centre.
Fresh from a welcome day off in Canberra and dressed in matching earthy tones, Prince William and Duchess Kate arrived at Yulara Airport where the temperature was a warm 31degrees.
Fashion commentators were quick to pick up on Kate's "recycled" dress by Roksanda Illinic - the same designer responsible for the "wattle" yellow frock showcased on day one of the tour - which, according to Melissa Hoyer, had apparently been worn once before at a 2011 public appearance in Beverley Hills.
William's nod to the outback - he attempted a khaki inspired outfit - attracted less attention.
The royals visited the National Indigenous Training Academy, where they presented certificates and met with students before walking through the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Despite swatting away flies - News.com reported William had admitted to the crowd that he was "melting" in the heat" - the couple embraced local traditions and shook the hand of each young graduate.
Both were quick to wear the times gifted to them by traditional land owners - William a belt decorated in Indigenous paintwork and Kate a bracelet made from seed.
They were expected to take in the view of Uluru at sunset, an experience enjoyed by the late Princess Diana, who visited the site with Prince Charles in 1983.
At the time, William, who was just a baby, was with them on the Australian tour but didn't go with them to Uluru.
Baby George also stayed with minders following a busy day off with mum and dad on Monday.
While the decision to spend one of their few days off in Canberra raised eyebrows, members of the public and the media were able to get a rare look at the family enjoying time together around popular tourist sites and the gardens outside Parliament House.
The break in schedule followed an action packed weekend which saw the couple take in Sydney's Easter Show, make a return trip to Brisbane, attend an Easter Church Service and visit the Taronga Zoo where cuddles with koalas ensued and nine-month old George was introduced to furry friends at a bilby enclosure named in his honour.
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