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Royal tour photos: Prince William, Kate visit Uluru

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a tour of Ayers Rock, the red monolith in the Australian desert now known by its Aboriginal name, Uluru, on Tuesday.

Prince William and his wife, Kate posed for photographs in front of the rock as crowds waved, cheered and took pictures.

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William was following in his parents’ footsteps. Prince Charles and Princess Diana climbed the 350 metre (1150 feet) high red rock 31 years ago. Today, the climb is no longer advised out of respect for the region’s traditional owners – the Anangu people.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – April 2014:

William and Kate in front of Uluru at sunset on April 22. Getty Images

Prince Charles and Princess Diana – 1983:

Princess Diana and Prince Charles at Ayers Rock during a tour of Australia in this file photo from 1983. AP Photo/File
Diana views Ayers Rock in 1983. AP Photo/.File

The royal couple earlier met traditional Anangu owners of the land and local artists at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, as part of their tour of Australia’s iconic red centre.

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They will spend the night at a luxury campsite before travelling to South Australia on Wednesday, local media reported.

William and Kate walk around the base of Uluru. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Kate talks with Aboriginal women. Getty Images
William talks with an Aboriginal man. Phil Noble /Getty Images
Kate laughs as she holds a carved wooden snake. Phil Noble/Getty Images
William and Kate are presented with gifts during a visit to an indigenous Training Academy. Chris Jackson/Getty Images


– with files from The Associated Press

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