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The Duchess talks with Mrs Linda Hurley and her husband, Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley, after arriving at Amberley.
The Duchess talks with Mrs Linda Hurley and her husband, Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley, after arriving at Amberley. Claudia Baxter Aap

PRINCE William showed his "cheeky" side while chatting to Sunshine Coast paralympian Blake Cochrane about the upcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Mr Cochrane, from Buderim, had a few minutes with the Duke of Cambridge during a special reception in Brisbane yesterday when Scottish-English rivalry came into play.

He said Prince William asked if he would attend the Games in July and told him he would be there too.

"He says he has a fair interest in swimming and he had a bit of a cheeky comment about Scotland going for their independence," Mr Cochrane said.

"I know about the rivalry between the Scottish and English and he took that quite well, having a bit of a chuckle to himself.

"It was really great to meet them. They genuinely talk to the people they engage with.

"You could tell by their attitude and the way they greeted people that the interest was definitely there and it was great they could come to Queensland and express it."

Children present flowers to the Duchess of Cambridge at Amberley Air Force base.
Children present flowers to the Duchess of Cambridge at Amberley Air Force base.

 

Jordyn Archer, from Kawana, said she got to talk to Kate about two organisations she works with on the Sunshine Coast.

The 2014 Queensland Young Australian of the Year is involved with Destiny Rescue which helps identify and rescue trafficked children, and then provides safe accommodation and opportunities for the future.

She also works with outreach program Hope Within Reach, which helps provide homeless people with a safe place to live and whatever they need during the tough times.

"It was an incredible opportunity to meet them and to see the kind of people that they are," she said.

"I was lucky enough to spend some time talking to Kate. She was a lovely lady.

"She asked me a bit about the work that I do and was telling me about her experiences over in the UK and in London and asking me what my future goals were."

Prince William engages with some very happy people during his visit to South Bank.
Prince William engages with some very happy people during his visit to South Bank.

 

Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson said the Duke and Duchess were "a wonderfully gracious couple".

"Considering how many people they meet and how much they pour themselves into the personal meetings with the guests that came from throughout Queensland, they're outstanding," the Queensland Speaker said.

"Kate carries herself with great elegance."

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