Royal couple to venture in footsteps of forefathers

It will be a case of deja vu for the visiting royals as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make their way through western Sydney to the Blue Mountains today on the second day of their Australian tour. 

The  couple is expected to meet residents of Winmalee, which was devastated by bushfires last October, as well as Rural Fire Service volunteers and Guides.

They will also visit Echo Point lookout to see the Three Sisters.

People are advised to arrive at Echo Point between 11am and noon.

The Blue Mountains has been a favourite royal tour destination for almost a century.

The Duke’s grandmother, the current monarch  Queen Elizabeth  and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Blue Mountains including Echo Point and Lithgow in 1954

The most celebrated royal visit was that of the then Duke and Duchess of York in March 1927.

On March 31  that year, the royal couple arrived at Katoomba by train and walked the short distance from the railway station to The Carrington Hotel (the first resort-style hotel in Australia’s first tourist destination, the Blue Mountains).

Huge crowds greeted them.

After lunch, they were driven to Echo Point, home of the Three Sisters, where thousands lined the streets.

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