The royals aren’t the only ones who cause a kerfuffle when travelling – it has proven so difficult to fly George the royal crocodile from Darwin to Sydney to meet his namesake that the two remain tragically separated by the tyranny of distance.
Young Prince George won’t be accompanying his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, when they visit the Northern Territory next week.
That means he won’t be able to meet his crocodile namesake at Crocasaurus Cove, named George after he hatched on December 12, the day the royal pregnancy was announced.
“We did try to get the crocodile George to meet Prince George in Sydney, but unfortunately quarantine regulations did not allow the crocodile to get into Taronga Zoo,” Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles told reporters in Darwin on Tuesday.
“We don’t know if there’s any friendly political rivalry there, because I understand (NSW Premier) Barry O’Farrell is very keen for the bilby to be showcased to the royals, and the Territory wanted to showcase our crocs, because we do have the best and biggest crocodiles … it’s very unfortunate the crocodile won’t get to meet the royals.”
Flying crocodile George to Uluru to meet William and Kate is too logistically difficult, Mr Giles said.
Instead, the chief minister will take a group of nine secondary school students from around the NT for a half-hour meeting with the royal couple.
“This is an unreal opportunity,” said Emma Kellaway, a year 12 student at Taminmin College.
“I’m very excited,” said Tarra Brain, from Casuarina Senior College.
Grace Tozer, from Palmerston Senior College, wants to ask the duchess what it’s like being swept up in the royal life despite not being born into it.
When teachers approached the family of Chevez Kirkman, from the remote community of Mutitjulu near Uluru, they weren’t sure how they would react.
“We thought, oh jeez, some people still think of it as the invasion and all that, but when his father heard he’d been selected he was absolutely beside himself with excitement,” Terry Brown, deputy principal of Nyangatjatjara College, told AAP.
The duke and duchess touch down in Yulara on Tuesday, and will present graduation certificates to students of the National Indigenous Training Academy before walking around Uluru.