Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince George Begin Tour in New Zealand
Prince George has now made his first official appearance with his parents and met the Prime Minister of New Zealand. The eight month old was carried by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, as she and Prince William deplaned after a 25 hour trip from England. Prince George is teething and the schedule makes it clear that he may or may not be up for appearing at some of the events planned during the three week tour of New Zealand and Australia. George kicked his little arms and legs as he was carried across the tarmac; he looked like he wanted to play. He also was remarkably unfazed by all the noise and the terrific wind gusts which whipped around Catherine's skirt.
Catherine looked fabulous in a red double breasted Russian Greatcoat by Catherine Walker with mother of pearl buttons, black pumps and a red pillbox hat by Gina Foster. She accessorized with Kiki McDonough Grace earrings, and a diamond fern brooch on loan from Queen Elizabeth. The pin was given to the Queen as a Christmas gift from the Women of Auckland during her 1953-54 Commonwealth Tour. The fern is a symbol of New Zealand and is honored by the Maori people.
After being greeted by Prime Minister John Key when they landed in Wellington, the royal family went to Government House where they were greeted by Maori tribesmen. The family will now rest and recover from jet lag for a bit. Their next appearance will be on Thursday at Blenheim for a war memorial ceremony. The trip has been deliberately scheduled to have more casual events. Unfortunately, there won't be a state dinner so no tiaras are likely to make an appearance. Take a look:
Posted on April 7, 2014