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04/16/2014 06:43 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 11:23 EDT

Kate Middleton's Yellow Dress Has Special Significance For Australia (PHOTOS)

It's hard to top a puppy photo-op but Kate Middleton tried her best on her first day in Australia.

The Duchess of Cambridge sported a sunny yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress with white panels at the hem and under the three-quarter sleeves, which she paired with her signature patent beige LK Bennett heels and diamond earrings when she disembarked the plane in Sydney on April 16. (The dress even showed off a bit of leg, yeow!)

That Duchess Kate chose to wear yellow is no coincidence: it's one of Australia's national colours so we'll be sure to see more yellow hues during her 10-day stay Down Under.

Catherine is known for paying tribute to her host countries with her clothes: on one of her first days in New Zealand, the Princess wore a dress with silver beaded ferns, which is the country's national emblem.

Kate also toted around another important "accessory'": Prince George! The adorable little heir was carried by his mom (with dad Prince William in tow) as the couple disembarked from their flight, where they were greeted by dignitaries and fans at the iconic Sydney Opera House.