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Leaving sodden "English" weather behind in New Zealand, Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince George have touched down in sunny Sydney, Australia, for the second half of their Down Under royal tour.

All three were wearing fresh clothes after the three-hour flight from New Zealand, and baby George looked and acted peppier than he did in William's arms when they left in Wellington. He looked like a sleepy baby back then.

On the plane, they changed his clothes from white and navy-blue togs to an all-white outfit.

Kate and William took turns carrying George upon arrival in Sydney; he looked alert and engaged and waved his arms and legs vigorously, royal reporters and bloggers reported.

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He even performed his first official royal handshake (in public, at least), when the wife of the governor-general, Lynne Cosgrove, greeted him with a little squeeze.

"Gorgeous George," as the British media call him, looked like a royal natural.

Kate had changed from a blue tweed suit by Kiwi-born designer Rebecca Taylor that she wore to leave New Zealand, into a buttercup yellow dress with white color blocks by London-based Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic, according to Kate-tracking blog HRHDuchessKate.

The couple headed first to the Sydney Opera House, where they posed in front of the iconic building and in front of the sparkling harbor with the Sydney Harbor Bridge in the background. And they greeted a Aussie flag-waving crowd on walkabout.

Later they attended a reception at Admiralty House, residence of the governor-general, and picked up yet another gift for George, a giant stuffed wombat, from Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove. This time, George was there to see it and seemed pleased.

The couple are due Thursday to visit the beautiful Blue Mountains and meet with victims of devastating bush fires there last year.

And on Easter Sunday, they're going to church and then to the zoo with George, so another opportunity for two future kings and a future queen to meet their future Aussie subjects.

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