Prince William and Kate Middleton will attend an Easter church service then take a trip to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on Sunday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set for a big day five of their royal tour that includes attending an Easter Sunday church service and a visit to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
The royal couple – and Prince George – are spending their final day in Sydney before they fly to Canberra for a well earned day off on their whirlwind 10-day tour of Australia.
While in Sydney the Cambridges have already visited the Opera House, the Blue Mountains, the Royal Easter Show, Bear Cottage children’s hospice, and a surf life saving demonstration at Manly beach.
The pace doesn’t slow on Sunday, with the royal couple due to attend an Easter Sunday morning church service at St Andrews cathedral.
As well as attending the service, the couple is expected to sign the First Fleet Bible – a historical King James Bible brought over on the First Fleet in 1788.
The bible has previously been signed by the Queen, Princess Diana, Prince Philip and Prince Charles.
From church, the royals are due to make the short trip to Taronga Zoo for a stop at its bilby enclosure – named after Prince George as part of the nation’s gift following his birth.
Bilbies are marsupials and are the largest of the bandicoot family. The zoo says its bilbies act as a symbol of friendship between Australia and England.
The Cambridges are also scheduled to feed tree kangaroos, walk past giraffes, enjoy a bird show, and take in the Rhino conservation display at the zoo.
Taronga Zoo director, Cameron Kerr, said the royal visit was a “wonderful opportunity” to raise awareness about Australia’s native animals.
“Bilbies were once found right throughout Australia, but are now threatened in the wild (and) Taronga is part of a national breeding program … to provide an insurance population to safeguard this species into the future,” Mr Kerr said.
“Taronga is incredibly proud to be part of Australia’s gift to Prince George and we look forward to introducing their Royal Highnesses to our bilbies.”
William has an interest in animal conservation and earlier this year joined forces with his father Prince Charles to film a video calling for the world to act now to save endangered animals.
This royal tour comes 30 years after Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, visited Australia and New Zealand for six weeks with William when he was Prince George’s age.
The trip, which will be the Duchess’s first official visit to Australia, follows Prince William’s last official visit in March 2011 to Queensland and Victoria.