PHOTOS: Will and Kate say goodbye to Australia

Apr 25, 2014 at 7:27 p.m. ET

Prince William, Kate Middleton and sweet little Prince George are heading home to Great Britain after their three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.

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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up their tour of New Zealand and Australia with a whirlwind few days, including a romantic interlude in Uluru, taking on the DJ decks in Adelaide and honoring war veterans on Anzac Day before boarding a flight with Prince George back to the UK.

The night before their departure, the couple was feted with a cocktail reception at Government House mere hours since learning of the sudden death of the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall. They were greeted by 100 guests from the arts, business, charity, conservation and sporting fields, including Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop, footballer Harry Kewell, cricketers Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry, former pro surfer Layne Beachley, INXS rocker Kirk Pengilly and sailor Jessica Watson.

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"Reluctantly, Catherine, George and I leave Australia tomorrow," William said in a speech at a swanky cocktail party held at Government House in honor of the royal couple the night before the tour came to an end. "Thank you for the warmth and generosity that has been shown to us during our visit. We go away with wonderful memories, and George goes away with his cuddly wombat, which he has taken to chewing so lovingly. We greatly look forward to coming back. And when we do return, it will be to marvel again at all that Australia is and will yet become."

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The day of their departure, Will and Kate made sure to honor war veterans during Anzac Day ceremonies, including attending a predawn memorial in Canberra and laying posies near the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier along with a handwritten note that read, “In every second of every day, you will be remembered for your courage and your bravery. Thank you for your sacrifice and for what you have done for us. For that, I am truly grateful.”

Prince George rejoined his parents to hop on a plane back home to the UK, wearing a red sweater and red and white pinstriped shorts while his fashionable mum donned a Michael Kors navy and white tweed coat dress.

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"The tour of New Zealand and Australia has been an incredible experience for both the Duke and Duchess, and the couple really have enjoyed it immensely," a royal spokesman told press.

"We always said this would be an opportunity for the Duke to introduce both countries to the Duchess and Prince George, and the couple have been bowled over by the extraordinarily warm welcome shown to them as a family by people everywhere they went."

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