Prince stays in Canberra as the royal couple visit Ayers Rock

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were today visiting Uluru, one of Australia’s most iconic sites.

William and Kate were touring the popular tourist attraction – also know as Ayers Rock – that is a sacred site for the area’s Aboriginal people.

The visit was only their second night away from Prince George during their 19-day tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The Duke and Duchess arrived in the capital Canberra on Sunday night, after flying from Sydney, where their son remained while they travelled to Uluru.

The couple took their eight-month-old baby to Sydney’s Taronga zoo on Sunday where George met a bilby – a rabbit-like marsupial – that was named after him.

George is growing fast and was excited to see other unusual animals during his brief trip to the popular attraction. Then William and Kate were today flying to Yulara, a town close to Uluru, to visit the National Indigenous Training Academy which helps to train members of the indigenous communities who live near the World Heritage site to work in the tourism and hospitality trades.

The Duke and Duchess were to tour the Academy’s facilities before moving on to the Uluru Cultural Centre where the local indigenous communities gave them a traditional welcome.

The royal couple were later to view an indigenous art display and later attend afternoon tea, given by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.

After tea, the Duke and Duchess were visiting Uluru, taking a short walk along its base in the company of a local guide.

Uluru is a world famous landmark – a huge mound of sandstone that stands almost 350 metres high and is more than two miles long and a mile wide.

The first European to see the natural wonder was the explorer William Gosse in the late 19th century and he named it Ayers Rock after the then Chief Secretary of New South Wales.