SIX LESSONS WE LEARNT FROM... Royal tours

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Joe Hildebrand - BY MEG MA­SON

1. By send­ing Kate and Wills to Canada with two adorable tod­dlers and a $100,000 travel wardrobe, the Royal Fam­ily has breathed new life into the Over­seas Tour.

2. The Queen de­vised the now-cus­tom­ary “walk­a­bout” on her 1970 trip to Aus­tralia, and to date no one’s done more for the fruit-shop ger­bera trade.

3. Charles was met by a crowd of 200,000 in Melbourne when he and Diana vis­ited in 1983. But he barely filled the cheap seats when he came alone in 1994.

4. On a tour of the US in 2011, a just-mar­ried Kate man­aged to make even A-lis­ter Reese Wither­spoon look a touch… or­di­nary.

5. Princess Diana’s solo visit to the Taj Ma­hal was the royal-tour equiv­a­lent of a re­la­tion­ship-sta­tus up­date. They split up 10 months later. .

6. Hav­ing won over Canada, word is Ge­orge e and Char­lotte are off-duty for the fore­see­able fu­ture. Sigh.

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