It’s not the sort of day normally associated with royalty, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave it their best shot to show they could hang with the cool kids.
Scratching a beat, aerosol art and admiration for some scootering skills, the royal couple – perhaps too formally dressed in suits – wowed the people of Elizabeth in a three-hour stopover in Adelaide on Wednesday.
Fresh from their overnight stop at Uluru, the couple went straight from Edinburgh air force base to see youth empowerment programs in Adelaide’s north.
The duchess, in a dusty pink Alexander McQueen outfit, was presented with a posy of Australian native flowers by Lauren Stephenson, 6, from the Make-A-Wish Australia Foundation.
Again showing her gentle side, she spoke at length to the young girl who’s has been in remission for two years from bone cancer, before William also joined in the chat.
Inside the Northern Sound System, the couple watched an exhibition of break dancing, singing and an indigenous dance project.
But first up was a hip-hop class at the Northern Sound System youth project where they were invited to try their skills at DJ style “scratching”.
Kate proved a natural at keeping the beat but the prince was not in his wife’s league.
“She was fantastic,” workshop facilitator Shane Petersen said.
“But he can fly a helicopter so it’s horses for courses.”
Outside the centre, William added a blue sky to some aerosol art and then watched a BMX and scooter display.
As daredevil riders did somersaults in the skate bowl the duke passed up a chance to have a go himself.
“He said he might stack it,” 15-year-old committee member from the Elizabeth Riders group Luke Haldenby said.
However, the royals were enthused about the gift of a skateboard for Prince George, the design by 16-year-old Zechef featuring boxing kangaroos and George’s name in cursive.
“He thought it was amazing, he loved it. Even Kate loved it too, she thought it was cool that it said `George’ on it,” Luke said.
Other members of the riding group said they were impressed by Prince William’s skills with the aerosol can, describing him as a “true Aussie”.
“He was actually pretty good considering that was his first time,” they said.
From the skate park the Duke and Duchess travelled to a nearby civic reception, taking time out to walk along the barricades and speak with people, including many who had been waiting several hours.
They delighted Monica Swarbrick by wishing her a happy 100th birthday.
Inside the Playford Civic Centre, they chatted to around 200 guests all aged under 30.
Zoe Stone, 23, was one of a group of volunteers from cancer support group Canteen to meet the duchess .
“I’m shaking after getting that opportunity to meet her,” Ms Stone told AAP.
The royal couple also unveiled a plaque naming the forecourt to the centre, the Prince George Plaza, in honour of their nine-month-old son who remained in Canberra.
About 15,000 people were on hand in Elizabeth, the northern suburb putting on a picture-perfect day as they toured the area named after William’s grandmother.
The area started out as a working class enclave that serviced the Holden car factory and other manufacturing industries, but in recent years has been plagued by unemployment and disadvantage.
The Duke and Duchess head back to Canberra for the final two days of their three-week visit to New Zealand and Australia.