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Adding to his street cred: William may not have been a very good DJ, but he showed himself quite skilled with a spray can, and added some sky to a mural
‘He did a pretty good job,’ said group leader Simon Burt, 36. ‘And he admitted when he’d finished his bit of art work that he was now addicted.’
Skater girl: Kate met a young BMX rider at the skate park in Adelaide that she visited with husband William today. The couple also received a skateboard for George
Some of the crowd called out to the Duke to ‘have a go on it’ but he politely declined and handed the skateboard to a minder
The skateboard’s designer, Casey, 16, from Mark Oliphant College, said she took four days to map out the design
‘I think we put on a good show for them, that’s for sure,’ said 18-year-old BMX-rider Liam Zammit
Kate and William then watched a BMX and scooter display. While daredevil riders did somersaults in the skate park, the Duke and Duchess were given a present for Prince George, his first skateboard decorated with boxing kangaroos and emblazoned with George in cursive script.
Some of the crowd of at least 5,000 called out to the Duke to ‘have a go on it’ but he politely declined and handed the skateboard to a minder.
The skateboard’s designer, Casey, 16, from Mark Oliphant College, said she took four days to map out the design and the couple were thrilled to receive it.
The couple were then introduced to 15-year-old BMX-rider Luke Haldenby, who led them up the steps to a viewing platform.
‘I think I was chosen to do it because I know my stuff,’ he said proudly. ‘I’ve got my brother to thank for that because he got me into riding – and that’s what I told the Duchess.’
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After their impressive display of somersaults, twists and turns in mid air and some deft spinning of handlebars, the blue-shirted members of the Elizabeth Riders Committee, were unanimous with their verdict: The Duke and Duchess were pretty cool.
‘Yeah, we all agreed about that because they showed such an interest in what we were doing,’ said 18-year-old Liam Zammit.
‘The Duchess noticed I had a scar on my leg and asked if I had done it today but I said it was from practicing.
‘I think we put on a good show for them, that’s for sure.’
Jarred Brown, 16, said the royal couple asked him how he managed to pull of his riding skills.
‘Lots of practice is what I told them,’ he said. ‘They were really interested in all of us when they come over to say hello after we’d put on the show for them.’
The royal pair were met with wild applause from thousands of fans lining Playford Avenue when they stepped out of the royal motorcade, about 12.30pm.
Ann Hargreaves, 87, was one of the lucky few to speak with the duchess outside the civic centre.
‘She (the duchess) said: “It’s a lot warmer here than it is in England”,’ Ms Hargreaves, who was born in London the same year as the Queen, told reporters.
Kate and William talked with some local young people about their struggles at the Northern Sound System community centre in Adelaide
Kate and William talked with Lauren Stephensen, six, who is in remission from bone cancer (left) and some of the young performers at the Northern Sound System (right)
Monica Swarbick turned 100 on Saturday and was delighted to be wished well by Kate and William, though she is still waiting to receive her letter from the queen
Maurice McCartney, 73, shared a moment with William as he greeted well wishers.
‘I said: “It’s fantastic to meet you”, and he said “I’ve got to keep moving”,’ said Mr McCartney, who was sporting a digger’s slouch hat and a wool Union Jack scarf.
After unveiling a plaque renaming the forecourt of the Civic centre Prince George Plaza – after their nine-month-old son – William and Kate entered the reception accompanied by Acting Premier John Rau and South Australian Governor Kevin Scarce.
After a rendition of the Australian national anthem by a local children’s choir, the couple split up inside the function, mingling with with local volunteers and students.
Maria Hull, 18, from Northern Connections community group, said the duke told her he had ‘played a didgeridoo before’.
‘He actually owns it, he has it at home,’ Ms Hull, from Salisbury, said. ‘He said he really appreciates Aboriginal culture.’
Zoe Stone, 23, was one of a group of volunteers from cancer support group Canteen to meet the duchess.
‘I’m shaking after getting that opportunity to meet her,’ Ms Stone told AAP. ‘I was nervous, but she was very lovely and she was very supportive of the organisation.’
After leaving the reception Kate and William stopped to talk to Monica Swarbrick, who turned 100 on Saturday and is still waiting for her letter from the Queen.
Ms Swarbrick, originally from Liverpool in the UK, held up a sign when the Royals first arrived at Playford Civic Centre and was glad to meet them as they left.
‘Oh it felt very good. It’s very nice to meet people. The duke wished me a happy birthday.’
Kate and William met with some of the people who run the Northern Sound System, as well at the Playford City mayor on their whirlwind visit to Adelaide
Kate is presented with gifts by members of the crowd who waited for hours outside the Playford Civic Centre to meet the royal couple
Kate and William arrived in Adelaide today after a visit to Uluru yesterday. The couple spent two hours in the South Australian capital
More than 5,000 people turned out to glimpse the royal couple as they visited Adelaide today
The Duke and Duchess spent yesterday at Uluru, in the Northern Territory, and will return to Canberra tonight
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty, 30, said the visit was fantastic and the morale of the city had been lifted.
‘I think it’s a good starting block for our community to know that we are doing good things,’ he said.
‘We may get a bad rap at times from parts of the media but there are so many salt of the earth people, so many young people doing such great work and they were showcased on the world stage today.
‘The Duke and Duchess were very moved by a number of the programs that they saw at Northern Sound System, and they commented that they really enjoyed their trip to Elizabeth today.’
Lily Humphreys, 92, who is originally from Birmingham in the UK but has lived in Australia since 1954, was lucky to meet the Duchess.
‘She said she’s going to say hello to Birmingham when she goes there. I thought that was wonderful,’ she said.
Ms Humphreys, who lives in Port Adelaide, also saw the Queen when she visited Adelaide in 1963.
Kate and William unveiled a plaque to commemorate the naming of the new Prince George Plaza outside the civic centre in Adelaide
A plaza in Adelaide has been named after the young prince, in the suburb of Elizabeth, which was named after his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II
Kate and William unveiled a plaque naming a local plaza after their son. Prince George did not join his parents for their trip to Uluru or Adelaide, but they will be reunited with him in Canberra tonight
Thousands of people turned out to the Playford Civic Centre, where William and Kate attended a reception with local young people
Kate met with members of the crowd, many of whom had been waiting since early in the morning for a chance to meet the royal couple
The Adelaide visit had a youth-focus and Kate and William spent the day visiting a youth community centre and meeting with local young people
Debra Raison, 54, from Elizabeth’s neighbouring suburb Craigmore, spoke to Prince William.
‘He’s lovely, he’s just like his mum. I said that to him, I think I did!’
Ms Raison said the visit would help the area, which was reeling from the announcement car manufacturer Holden will close its local factory in 2012.
‘I think with them coming here its really made a big difference, it’s given a hype to the area, put us on the map a little bit,’ she said.
‘We’re not just dowdy Elizabeth, we’re a modern Elizabeth as well.’
Dionne McRostie, 41, caught the Duchess’s eye with a sling on her arm.
‘She talked to me about my arm and she asked me what I did,’ she said.
‘And then she said that must have been painful!’
Sheila Cooper, 46, from Magill, 45 minutes away from Elizabeth, said Kate asked to meet her daughter Kerry-Anne, nine, who has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair.
‘She asked for my daughter to come out, she greeted my danger and asked her about her doll. She was really nice,’ Ms Cooper said. ‘We don’t normally get a chance to come out and meet the royals, it’s either Sydney or Melbourne or Brisbane. We’re small town Adelaide and I think that’s made it the most exciting of all.’