Prince George steals the show as Prince William and Kate bid final farewell in …

16 APRIL 2014


All eyes were on Prince George as he left New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon with his parents Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton.

The eight-month-old caused great excitement among royal watchers when he was seen being carried up the plane in the arms of his father William — a fresh change to when the royal family landed in Wellington at the start of their tour, with George being cradled by Kate

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Prince William carries Prince George 

Members of the public, who had waited patiently at the Wellington Military Terminal in the hope of getting a last glimpse of the family, had only seen baby George twice during the royal tour of New Zealand, with the most recent being his playdate with other tots at Government House.

William, Kate and George were heading to Sydney, Australia for the second half of their trip.

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Wearing a cream sweater and navy shorts, George looked his usual adorable self. The fair-haired boy gazed up in wonder at the plane as he bounced around in his father’s arms, and looked as if he had just woken from his nap. 

Earlier on in the day, Kate had apologised to locals she met, saying that her “podgy baby” George was sleeping. In spite of William’s previous comments that his firstborn had “quite the pair of lungs” and “was most vocal at 3am,” little George behaved as good as gold as he left New Zealand.

Kate walked alongside her husband and opted to match her royal tot in a navy outfit. The Duchess looked the epitome of chic in her tweed navy blazer and skirt ensemble made by Kiwi designer Rebecca Taylor. She kept half her brunette locks swept up, to prevent any hair falling in front of her face given the strong gusts of wind. 
 


Kate, Prince William and Prince George

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William looked emotional to be leaving New Zealand, the place he had called a “beautiful country” and had desperately wanted his wife to visit. Sporting a dark suit and maroon tie, the Duke looked dapper as he graciously thanked airport personnel around him.

The royal entourage were pictured boarding the plane and waving their final goodbye to their hosts in New Zealand from the top of the steps. They departed the capital on a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft at 1pm local time, bound for Sydney.

After a three-hour long flight, William, Kate and George were scheduled to arrive at the Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney at 2:30pm local time.

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Earlier they got many gifts for their son George

The Duke and Duchess headed straight to their first engagement at the iconic Sydney Opera House where they received a warm welcome by the governor. The royal family will remain in Australia until Friday 25 April.

Earlier on Wednesday, William and Kate had paid a final visit to the New Zealand capital. The Duke and Duchess were given a tour of the Royal New Zealand Police College where they paid tribute to officers killed in duty and viewed practice demonstrations by policemen. 

William and Kate melted hearts when they were seen cuddling up to police puppies outside the college and pictured stroking them relentlessly. The royal couple then headed to Civic Square where they had a final walkabout through Wellington, meeting and chatting to locals, followed by the signing of the city’ visitors’ book.  
 

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Royal wait almost over

For Sydney’s royal watchers, the wait is almost over; The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with baby George, will touch down in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon for the second leg of their tour down under.

The Royals will fly into Sydney just after 2.30PM, and the first real opportunity for the public to catch a glimpse of them will be at the Sydney Opera House at around 3,15PM when they make their way to their first Australian engagement, an official welcome reception.

Like any other British tourist they will also be heading to the Blue Mountains, on Thursday, but their focus will be on a community devastated by the October bushfires.

On Friday they will be putting the Royal back into the Sydney Easter Show before a visit to Manly and a surf lifesaving display, for the Duchess of Cambridge’s first Aussie beach experience – although there is no guarantee yet it will also be baby George’s.

Their visit to children’s hospice, the bear Cottage, will be a private moment for families like the Stones, and their terminally-ill six-year-old Imogen.

Imogen’s mother, Lynda-Jane, said: “We’ll always be able to look back on this together and its days like this you don’t forget, days that are really special.”

Narelle Amrtin, nursing manager at Bear Cottage, added: “It is very special and we are very excited about the recognition it brings to Bear Cottage.”

After Manly, a final chance for a Sydney royal wave will come on Sunday at Taronga Zoo.


A one-day trip to Brisbane for a city reception and tree-planting at the Amberley RAAF base will break up the Sydney stay.

William and Kate will fly to Uluru in the Northern Territory on April 22, leaving George with his nanny, Maria Borrallo, in Canberra.

While George is expected to accompany his parents on at least one of their Aussie outings, Kensington Palace has not released details of his appearances and there are likely to be limited opportunities to see the third in line to the British throne.

The royal couple are also due to travel to Adelaide to visit the suburb of Elizabeth – so named after the Queen in 1955 – before returning to Canberra to see the National Portrait Gallery and Parliament House.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will host William and Kate at a Parliament House reception during their stay, before they fly home after attending a commemorative service on Anzac Day.

Melbourne – not without some controversy – will miss out altogether on a regal visit.

While Kate and George are making their Australian debut, William has been a visitor three times before, starting with a 1983 visit as a babe-in-arms with his parents, Prince Charles and Diana.

And like every royal tour, Their Royal Highnesses will be accompanied by a hefty entourage, including royal adviser Sir David Manning, private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge, Miguel Head and private secretary to the Duchess of Cambridge, Rebecca Deacon.

Also in the travelling party are three press officers, a tour secretary, a personal assistant, a hairdresser, an orderly and nanny Ms Borrallo.

Often lauded for her sense of style, Kate is expected to reveal a high-end designer wardrobe for her visit, with European house Catherine Walker reportedly high on her list of favoured designers.

Royal Tour Australia: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to arrive in Sydney

ROLLING COVERAGE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, together with baby George, have arrived in Sydney.

The first chance for the public to see the Royals will be at Sydney Opera House at around 3.15PM, where big crowds are expected at the official welcome reception.

You can watch live 7News coverage of the Royals’ arrival in Sydney here – and of course follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more coverage.

2.45PM: The Royals have arrived in Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, wearing yellow, touched down shortly after 2.30PM and left the plane shortly after.

They were greeted at the bottom of the steps by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and will now head to the Sydney Opera House for a welcome reception.

1:45PM: Reports suggest outgoing NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has pulled out of the welcome party after his shock resignation this morning.

It is reported Governor Marie Bashir will host the Royals at the Opera House.

Meanwhile, large crowds – and of course the world’s media are starting to gather at the Sydney Opera House. The good news is that it is looking like sunshine ahead of their arrival after they spent their last few hours in New Zealand sheltering under umbrellas from torrential rain.

7News presenter Melissa Doyle has posted this picture on social media as media fight it out for the plum spots.

The world’s media gather. Credit: Melissa Doyle/Instagram

1PM: The Royals were expected to land in Sydney at around 2.30PM after departing Wellington in a Royal Australian Air Force jet just after midday.

Large crowds are expected to gather at the Sydney Opera for a welcome reception after 3PM.

Prince William carried his son, all dressed in white, to the jet.

They were escorted to the plane by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife, Lady Janine.

A small crowd of dedicated royal fans gathered at the fence at Wellington Airport’s military terminal, becoming some of the last Kiwis to catch a royal wave from the family on this tour.

Of course, their visit is not the only big story in Sydney today after outgoing NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s shock resignation.

Mr O’Farrell announced he will step down as NSW premier after evidence he gave to the state’s corruption watchdog.

Mr O’Farrell was due to be part of the welcome party, along with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and NSW Governor Marie Bashir, and it is still unclear if he will be present. Read the full story HERE.

ROYALS ON TOUR

Like any other British tourist the Royals will also be heading to the Blue Mountains, tomorrow, meeting a community devastated by the October bushfires before a spot of sightseeing.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is on the agenda on Friday before a trip to Manly in the afternoon, where they will visit a children’s hospice before taking in a surf livesaving display.

A one-day trip to Brisbane for a city reception and tree-planting at the Amberley RAAF base will break up the Sydney stay.

William and Kate will fly to Uluru in the Northern Territory on April 22, leaving George with his nanny, Maria Borrallo, in Canberra.

While George is expected to accompany his parents on at least one of their Aussie outings, Kensington Palace has not released details of his appearances and there are likely to be limited opportunities to see the third in line to the British throne.

The royal couple are also due to travel to Adelaide to visit the suburb of Elizabeth – so named after the Queen in 1955 – before returning to Canberra to see the National Portrait Gallery and Parliament House.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will host William and Kate at a Parliament House reception during their stay, before they fly home after attending a commemorative service on Anzac Day.

Melbourne – not without some controversy – will miss out altogether on a regal visit.


NEW ZEALAND A HUGE SUCCESS

Large crowds were left thrilled by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to New Zealand, a trip that included cricket, rugby and sailing, as well as a poignant wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Bleinheim.

However, the highlight of the trip was a playdate for 10-month-old George with 10 other local babies at Wellington’s Government House – his first-ever official engagement.

Prime Minister John Key said this week that the young royals had “charmed the nation” and he expected the international exposure generated by their visit would boost New Zealand tourism.

“For many, it has been the chance of a lifetime to catch a glimpse of the royal couple,” he said. “I’ve seen first hand how much it has meant to people, young and old, to be part of the generous Kiwi welcome.”

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We think it’s fair to say that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem to be having a good time, all the time. At least while they’ve been on tour – with adorable baby George – in Australia and New Zealand.

From playing cricket to unveiling paintings – via sailing boats and greeting crowds – here are the comedy highlights of the royal trio’s trip Down Under…

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NZ Royal tour: Kate and William play cricket at Hagley Oval in visit to quake …


The Royals have visited Christchurch to see how far the city has come since the 2011 earthquake.






SHE may have been dressed in sky-high heels and a tight skirt, but the Duchess of Cambridge was still game enough to take part in an impromptu spot of cricket in Christchurch today.


Catherine proved to be the ultimate good sport at an event to publicise the Cricket World Cup, which will be held in the city in 2015.

Good sport … the Duchess of Cambridge appears slightly perturbed as the ball bowled by Prince William whizzes past her head.
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The Duchess squared up against husband Prince William, a keen player in his school days at Eton, after he picked up some tips from cricket legends Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley.


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Despite the contraints of her designer outfit, Catherine adopted a classic batting stance as the ball bowled by William whizzed past her head to cheers from the crowd.

Cricket fan … Prince William didn’t let the side down when he took the bat.
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Catherine managed to hit the next two balls with the plastic yellow bat before William stepped up.

“Be nice,” he called to the young schoolchildren who were getting ready to bowl to him.

The Duke thrilled the excited onlookers with two high shots, but managed to escape without being caught out.

Countdown … Catherine and William inspect the Cricket World Cup trophy at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
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Earlier, the couple paid tribute to those affected by the devastating Christchurch earthquake in Feburary 2011.

They visited the CTV memorial park and met some of the families of the 115 people who were killed in the earthquake.

Engagement … Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge officially open the Visitor’s Centre at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch.
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In a fitting tribute, the Duchess wore a red and black outfit by designer Luisa Spagnoli – the colours of the Canterbury region.

She first wore the outfit in 2011 at St Andrew’s in Scotland, three days after the devastating earthquake.

When Prince William last visited Christchurch, the streets were covered in liquefaction, the central city was cordoned off with red tape, and the people were still shaken.

Welcome … Prince William, Duke of Cambridge performs the traditional Maori greeting of the ‘Hongi’ as he visits Christchurch. Picture: Chris Jackson
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Now, three years later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have seen just how how far the Garden City has come since the magnitude 6.3 earthquake.

After their cricket match, William and Kate headed to the Botanic Gardens where they opened the new $16.4 million visitor centre which has been designed to look like a giant glasshouse.

Toast of NZ … William and Kate visited the Amisfield Winery in Queenstown yesterday. Picture: Fiona Goodall
Source: AFP




Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the new centre was a far cry from the original building, which had segregated staff rooms for men and women and chicken wire over the chimney to keep possums out.

The royals rounded out their South Island trip with a visit to Wigram Air Force Museum where they had lunch, hear more about Christchurch’s redevelopment plans and checked out the Wall of Remembrance.

Destruction … Prince William inspects earthquake damage in Christchurch’s CBD in 2011.
Source: AP




Ms Dalziel said it was clear the Duke felt a real connection to Christchurch.

“He has paid tribute to the people of Christchurch many times. His visit so soon after the earthquake in March 2011 was a special one for Christchurch communities — he even made it out to Sumner then.”

Christchurch is the Duke and Duchess’ final stop in their South Island leg — they’ve already visited Blenheim, Dunedin and Queenstown.

William and Kate will then jet back to Wellington for a quintessential Kiwi dinner with Prime Minister John Key, his wife Bronagh Key and their teenage son Max, featuring seafood, pavlova and Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc.

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