Not even the bad weather could put a dampener on the special arrival this morning of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their bouncing baby boy.
Arriving at midday to start their official 3 week tour of New Zealand and Australia, the family looked happy and relaxed despite their long journey and the fog and drizzle that they were met with at Wellington Airport.
The couple stepped off the Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing on to the tarmac to cheers from a small group of onlookers and a welcoming committee of dignitaries which included New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Governor-General’s Aide-de-Camp Commander Richard Walker and Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
The Duchess’ looked striking in a red ensemble, which included a Catherine Walker scarlet knee-length coat, a matching Gina Fowler pillbox hat, and a silver fern brooch – which coincidentally was gifted to the Queen on her 1952-53 official visit to New Zealand.
Cradling Baby George in her arms, Kate seemed content playing the role of mum, and gracefully alighting from the plane with her hat and outfit in tact – despite gusty winds.
Young Prince George, the third in line to the British throne, was dressed in cream and looked quite happy to be with his parents, unaware of the fuss below.
William, the Duke, who wore a dark blue suit with a maroon tie, lead his young family towards the welcoming committee to cheers of royal onlookers who were unperturbed by the wet weather.
The royal trio where then quickly rushed out of the wind and chill and into an awaiting limousine headed towards Government House.