The Royal Tour Begins: All the Details on the Trip So Far (PHOTOS)

kate middleton with prince george arriving in new zealand The royal tour has begun! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and 8-month-old Prince George landed in New Zealand at Wellington Airport earlier today. Stepping off the plane, the royal family looked absolutely radiant, with Kate in a red Catherine Walker coat, Gina Foster hat, as well as a silver fern diamond and platinum broach loaned by Queen Elizabeth, which the Queen wore during her Commonwealth Tour in 1954. In other words, the ensemble is obviously one for the history books.

Of course, we also couldn't take our eyes off of little George, who's looking even more grown-up than he did the last time we saw him in the latest official royal family photo. Sporting a cream sweater and white pants and rosy cheeks, he looks uber-cherubic!


kate middleton with prince george arriving in new zealand

But it looked like that may be about all of Prince George we're probably going to see -- for today, at least. Us reports that the first official engagement took place sans the little heir, at Government House in Wellington, where Kate and Wills were greeted by the Kaumatua, or elder, for the Governor General's Office, who explained to them the significance of the Powhiri, or Maori welcome. They also got up close and personal with the Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine in a traditional Maori greeting called hongi, in which two people press their noses and foreheads together.

hongi kate middleton elder in new zealand arrival welcome ceremony

Later, they reportedly also met with the Kapa Haka Group from Rongotai College and with a group of students from Clyde Quay School, Muritai School, Te Aro School, Tawhai School, and Petone Central School. Before leaving, they headed inside for a function with local mayors and government staff.

Sounds like an extremely jam-packed schedule, but an exciting, pomp and circumstance-filled kick-off to the three-week tour!

What do you think about how Kate, William, and George looked arriving in New Zealand?


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