The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George disembarking from the RNZAF jet. Photo / Mark Mitchell
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George disembarking from the RNZAF jet. Photo / Mark Mitchell Mark Mitchell

Duke, Duchess and Prince George touch down in NZ

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in New Zealand.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 carrying the royal couple and baby Prince George touched down at Wellington International Airport at 12.04pm.

The plane taxied into position outside the military terminal, where William and Kate stepped out of the plane with baby George, and waved before descending the stairs to the tarmac.

The royal couple looked happy and relaxed, despite the fog and drizzle, as they disembarked the plane and met dignitaries.

They were met by the Governor-General's Aide-de-Camp Commander Richard Walker, Prime Minister John Key and Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Their arrival was met with cheers from hardy members of the public who had gathered by the security fence outside the military terminal.

The couple spent less than two minutes on the tarmac before being guided to their limousine.

Kate was wearing a Catherine Walker scarlet coat, a matching Gina Foster hat, and a brooch in the shape of a silver fern which was gifted to the Queen on her 1952-53 tour of New Zealand.

Rain and a southerly wind greeted the royal couple as they arrived at Government House in Wellington.

The couple and their entourage made their way across the front lawn to waiting guests.

The kapa haka group performed a traditional welcome, laying a leaf on the ground for the prince to collect.


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