As the three week Royal tour of “Down Under” begins, Kate and Will arrive in true British style…
Kate, Will and Prince George arrived in Wellington, New Zealand after reports of the flight almost being diverted due to weather conditions in NZ.
The Royal Trio were greeted by the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key and other government officials. Kate and William will spend ten days in Wellington.
Kate, as always, looked glamorous and elegant as she carried her eight-month old son down the steps of the flight. Kate was wearing a scarlet overcoat with a cute little hat. She also wore a brooch gifted to Queen Elizabeth in 1953 by the women of Auckland. The scarlet coat is by Catherine Walker although Kate left London in a Max Mara outfit and did a swift change on the layover at Sydney airport ensuring she looked fresh-faced and radiant after a 23-hour flight. Kate’s pillbox hat is by the designer, Gina Foster.
Prince George looked adorable in a white sweater with ivory shorts that enabled him to wriggle freely. George’s nanny, Spanish nanny, Maria Borrallo, joins the Royal Trio on this trip. This trip is highly unusual in that Prince William and his son were given special permission by the Queen to travel on the same flight. It is highly unusual that two heirs to the throne are allowed to travel in the same vehicle or any transport mode.
A traditional Maori welcome awaited the Royal party. Kate rubbed noses with Maori dancers and the party was greeted with traditional singing and dancing.
As Kate alighted from the flight, a gust of wind blew her coat up. A famous “Marilyn Moment” Kate’s shapely pins have become a common sight on previous occasions as gusts of wind have blown up. She takes it all on the chin. Though the British press call it a wardrobe malfunction, we are a little kinder. Who hasn’t suffered the effects of the weather with our attire?
Kate and William have an eleven-strong entourage with them on this trip. Security guards make up the majority; however, we can tell you that Kate’s hairdresser is on the trip. Kate’s lustrous locks will be on show as the world’s most famous woman tours the Southern Hemisphere. Yet, we cannot but help feel that the star of the show may be Prince George. He has, thus far been protected from the glare of the world’s media. These are the first pictures of Prince George since his christening last October.
We will bring you further updates as they are released and we will have our eyes on Kate’s fashion choices as she makes her away around New Zealand on the first of what will be many Royal Engagements this year. We must not forget, Kate is a working mother and with an active eight-month old to consider, she will need the services of George’s nanny.