Just 8 months old, Britain’s Prince George heads out on his first royal tour with proud parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Here are some of the highlights for the royal family, who only arrived in New Zealand on Monday.
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Official Welcome: After touching down at Wellington Airport in New Zealand, the royal couple received a traditional, Maori welcome known as Powhiri. The New Zealand Defence Force Maori Cultural Group performed a wero, in which they advanced with spears and various battle cries. Will and Kate also took part in a hongi, a traditional greeting in which 2 people press their noses and foreheads together, with Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife, Lady Janine.
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Luxury Retreat: After their 27-hour flight, Will, Kate and George adjusted to their new time zone — and beat their jetlag — at the beautiful Wharekauhau Country Estate, roughly a 90-minute drive from the capital of Wellington. While the wind and rain likely kept them indoors, the royal couple and some of their staff relaxed in a series of interconnecting cottages. The lodge, which boasts a spa, pool and an extensive wine cellar, came at the recommendation of the New Zealand government.
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Royal Playdate: Prince George joined 10 other babies for a playdate at the Government House, where the family will stay for the majority of their trip. George charmed his playmates (and their respective parents) during his first major royal engagement in celebration of The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, a non-profit family health organization.
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Here at Travel Channel, we’re saddened to hear that Will and Kate’s private pre-Asia-tour vacation was stalked by the paparazzi, and that a French tabloid went so far as to print topless photos of the lovely Kate Middleton … Although, a stay at Chateau D’Autet — the 640-acre renovated 19th-century hunting lodge where they were vacationing — doesn’t sound too shabby. Don’t get us wrong, we’re totally in favor of a little nude sunbathing every now and then – especially at our favorite nude beaches. But it’s hard to imagine having to lookout for paparazzi using ultra-zoom lenses to snap (and then sell) topless pics of you while on a private getaway.
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The trip they are on now, however, is anything but private. On September 11, the world’s favorite royal couple embarked on a 9-day tour of Asia as part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II in her 60th year of reign. Their trip kicked off with a visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens, where they visited the National Orchid Garden and admired the orchid named after them, as well as one named for the late Princess Diana. While in Singapore, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed at the famed Raffles Hotel, famous for their “Singapore Sling” cocktail (which, our ever-so-snarky host of The Layover has called a “disgusting drink”). On their 2-day stay, the couple toured Gardens by the Bay, the Rolls Royce Seletar campus, the Queenstown Public Housing Estate and the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery. They also attended a gala in honor of the queen at Eden Hall — in between greeting mobs of adoring locals, of course. READ MORE