Row over photos published of Kate and William on a 'rest day' during Australia tour
PHOTOGRAPHS published of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge relaxing on a day off during their royal tour of Australia sparked a backlash last night.
Kate, 32, was snapped while taking a stroll with her son in the grounds of Government House at Yarralumla in Canberra, where the family is based for the last leg of their three-week tour Down Under.
The pictures showed George being carried on the shoulders of his mother, pushed in a buggy and sitting on Kate’s lap as the pair played together.
William and Kate were also photographed without their knowledge walking hand in hand along the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin at Government House, casually dressed in shirts, jumpers and jeans.
At one point the footage showed Kate walking beside William and then doing a jig, kicking both heels together in mid air.
It was yet another sign of Kate’s cheery and increasingly feisty character, which is starting to shine through on the tour.
Royal aides were initially upset that the cameras from Australia’s mainstream commercial channels 9 and 10 and the Telegraph had been able to get the shots entirely legally from a spot just outside the Government House perimeter.
However, Palace officials acknowledged the media were entitled to publish the footage and photographs.
An aide said: “We were just anxious that it didn’t turn into a circus. We would rather the pictures weren’t taken but it was no more than a gentle request.”