The sun shone, the crowd came and the beach looked a treat.
Taking in the scene at Manly, the Duchess of Cambridge exclaimed: “It’s amazing.”
The royal tourists couldn’t have wished for a better afternoon to cap off day three of their Australian tour.
The nippers from the local surf clubs who turned on a lifesaving demonstration for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could barely contain their excitement when they strolled onto the sand.
“You’ve got freezing hands,” Prince William said, laughing with the junior lifesavers who had emerged sleek and wet from the surf.
Radiant in the white Zimmerman number that had caused such a stir at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show that the website of its Australian designer crashed, Kate hardly knew which way to turn.
From left and right the kids behind the crowd barriers chanted: “Katie, Katie.”
She plunged in, shaking as many of the outreached hands as she could reach. So did William, working the other side of the beach enclosure like the old stager he is.
Kim Roseworne was thrilled when he accepted a a book for baby George, tucked up at Admiralty House with the nanny.
“He said George will love that, can you believe it,” a chuffed Ms Roseworne said.
NSW champion lifesaver Shannon Job, 26, edged out the local MP, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, for bragging rights to the best job in the country when he got to show Kate around the beach, as the juniors went through their paces in the surf and on the sand.
Though chairs were set out for the couple in case they wanted to go au naturel and shed the footwear, they kept their shoes on, unlike some members of their entourage who got into the spirit of the occasion.
Kate told former world ironwoman champion Naomi Flood that she was loving being in Australia.
Savouring her brush with royalty, Ms Flood said afterwards: “They are normal people living in a totally different land to us. I was just proud to be part of it today.”