Wednesday, 9 April 2014

William, Kate and George join Parents and Babies for Playdate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge eased into royal tour engagements this afternoon with an informal playgroup meeting with the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society at Government House.


As expected, Prince George joined his parents for his first official engagement. The adorable tot, who is teething at the moment, is fast becoming the star of the tour and of course, the event will be something to look back on in years to come - the first of countless engagements George will undertake.


George was somewhat distracted by Kate's hair :)


Their Royal Highnesses met with two nurses and ten families from diverse backgrounds during the meeting including gay fathers Jared and Ryan Mullen and their daughter Isabella, who were chosen to represent the growing numbers of same-sex couples in New Zealand. They also met Maoris, Samoans, people of Chinese descent and - representative of the multi-cultural country.


William and Kate chatted with fellow parents and exchanged stories whilst George played with other babies. Parents at the event described George as "very advanced", "strong" and "intrepid".

Governor-General of New Zealand

William confirmed they had trouble settling George when he was a small baby because he was "so big and hungry" but now he's weaning it's much better. Meanwhile, Kate praised her husband whilst chatting with parents and said he's very much a "hands-on dad, bathing George and giving him his bottle at night".

I simply love this shot.

Governor-General of New Zealand

Prince William described the playdate as "madness".

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, commonly known as Plunket, is a national non-profit organisation which is dedicated to supporting families. Founded in 1907 by paediatrician Sir Frederic Truby King, Plunket was given special permission to use the title 'Royal' almost a century ago by King George V. It offers health care assistance to new mothers, fathers and babies and currently sees 90% of newborn babies in New Zealand each year, providing parenting information and developmental assessments.

Governor-General of New Zealand

Kate picking up a toy.

Plunket nurses provide support through home and clinic visits, mobile clinics and PlunketLine, a free telephone advice service for parents. The organisation also manages car seat rental schemes, parenting education, toy libraries, drop in centres, early childhood education and education in schools.

Plunket

Whilst researching, I was hugely impressed to see just how much ground Plunket covers in terms of support, awareness and services. I enjoyed reading personal stories and reading first-hand how parents and babies have been helped. Below we share a portion of Melissa's story:

'Our little baby had breathing difficulties and had to spend two weeks in the Special Care Baby Unit – so we had an anxious start to his life. When it was time to take him home I was constantly worried. With him arriving so early, how would I know if I was caring for him properly? All of the usual baby milestones had gone out the window. How could I give him the attention he needed and still look after my two year old, Elena? I was so worried. I’d suffered with depression in the past and I was frightened it may happen again.
My husband Karl was fantastic but needed to get back to work at some stage and I didn’t feel like I could burden him with my worries. Thankfully there was one person I could turn to and I will be forever grateful for her – Anita my Plunket nurse.
Anita was an angel. After I was home with Tommy she was in contact to work out the best time to come and see us. You can’t imagine the relief I felt just having her there. Even though we live so far out of town she made the trip out to see me and answer any questions I had. I was so scared of doing the wrong thing that I was even too nervous to take him outside. Anita was amazing – she put my mind at rest checking his development along the way and reassuring me he was doing just fine.
Plunket is such an amazing organisation. Anita is there for support and I can ring PlunketLine at any time for advice and they are always patient and caring. When I was in town I knew I’d be able to head to the Plunket rooms to breastfeed or even just for some time out. The Plunket team even contacts me to remind me about Tommy’s checkups. I also did a baby massage course there which was just so lovely. Karl met Anita several times and he felt so much happier knowing that such a capable and caring lady would always be there for us whenever we needed her.

No doubt these stories resonated with William and Kate as parents. If you wish to find out more or donate to Plunket you can find all relevant information on the official website. 82% of donations go directly to the frontline to help children and families and will be used to enable Plunket to continue to provide vital services and advice.

Plunket

There has been tremendous excitement surrounding the visit, and families who met the Cambridges today posed for photos and met with the media beforehand.

Plunket

It was a fun afternoon with plenty of cute moments and typical baby behaviour. George made a baby called Paige cry when he grabbed her wooden doll. Kate attempted to soothe her by stroking her head.


It's very special to see the bond between a mother and her child.

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Royal correspondent Emily Andrews shared some interesting details from the event.

Emily Andrews Twitter Feed

Prince George's nanny Maria Borrallo was there too.


The royal trio returned to Government House in Wellington today after spending yesterday at the idyllic Wharekauhau Lodge where they had the opportunity to rest and recover following a taxing 25-hour flight and spend the day with George out of public view. One imagines the time difference is quite the adjustment for the Cambridges, particularly when routine is so important with an eight-month-old.

Wharekauhau Lodge

The luxury hideaway which normally costs £400 per person per night, boasts heated marble floors, walk-in-wardrobes, enormous baths and stunning views of the countryside, all situated in the middle of a 5,000 acre farm in Southern Wairarapa. The name means 'land of glistening waters'.

Wharekauhau Lodge

The main atrium and staircase.

Wharekauhau Lodge

William, Kate and George looked rested as they arrived at Government House almost two hours before the engagement began. It appears the Duchess was wearing her grey print MaxMara Studio wrap dress.

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Where are the trio staying at the moment? The Cambridges will be using Government House as a hub for much of their stay in New Zealand. It is an ideal location ensuring privacy is afforded and it's a lovely place for George, who will have his own bedroom next door to his parents' suite and close by to where nanny Maria Borrallo will be staying. Below we look at one of the eight guest bedrooms, in which the royal couple could be staying.

Government House

Moving on to the style details from today's event.


Kate chose the Paulina Open-Knit Dress by Tory Burch from the designer's Resort 2014 Collection (with thanks to WKW FB friend Elizabeth) The €435 black and white print dress features a pleated skirt, a concealed zip fastening and delicate fringing.  It is currently available at Net-A-Porter and Tory Burch's Website.

Tory Burch

The dress is described this way:

'A piece from her Resort 2014 Collection, Tory Burch's short-sleeved open-knit dress looks chic no matter what your figure. Attention is drawn to the flattering, knee-length skirt and cinched in waist with elegant pleats and a tactile fringing. '

The black and white colourway was very appropriate being two of the national colours of New Zealand.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch is a new designer for Her Royal Highness, but one favoured by her sister Pippa Middleton. Ms. Burch is an American fashion designer, business woman and philanthropist who launched her label in 2004 and has become known for her use of prints, colour and vibrant details. The lifestyle brand has grown into a global business with more than 1,000 freestanding stores and presence in over 1,000 department stores. Designs can be purchased from NordstromShopBopNeiman MarcusNet-A-Porter and many more.

Tory Burch

I expect we will see Kate choosing more pieces from Tory Burch in the future. The brand fits in well with her signature style and their dresses would be perfectly suitable for an array of daytime engagements. Below we look at several such styles all available at Nordstrom.

Tory Burch

The Duchess accessorised with her Annoushka pearl drop earrings.

Annoushka

The Duchess wore her Cartier Watch. The $6000 piece is from the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Collection.

Cartier

Kate completed the look with the Jimmy Choo Vikki Platform Pumps (with thanks to Michelle who shared via WKW FB).

Jimmy Choo

What did George wear? The little prince looked darling in the Rachel Riley Sailboat Smocked Dungarees. The navy and ivory cotton dungarees retail for $129 and feature an elasticated waist and adjustable straps which cross over at the back (Oh, the cuteness factor!). Prince George Pieces shared news George also wore the £15 Trotters Milo Body and a pair of £25.99 Early Days Pre-Walkers.


You can watch a video at 3 News.


I simply loved today's engagement. It was wonderful to see George interacting with other babies and to see moments between him and Kate captured. The Duchess looked elegant in her Tory Burch dress, a very nice choice for the occasion. Did you enjoy the event? I expect it could very well be one of the highlights of the tour.

Governor-General of New Zealand

Tomorrow is a packed day for the Duke and Duchess:
  • Late Morning - They will travel from Wellington to Blenheim where they will attend a wreath laying ceremony and spent time with WWII veterans as well as those serving in recent conflicts. 
  • Afternoon - The next event is at the Omaka Aviation Center where they will tour the Knights of the Sky exhibit with Sir Peter Jackson (Yes, the same Peter Jackson behind The Lord of The Rings Trilogy) and view his collection of WWI aircraft and artefacts.
  •  In the evening, Prince William will meet with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
  •  Finally, William and Kate will attend a State Reception at Government House hosted by the Governor-General, where we can expect brief speeches and the unveiling of a portrait of The Queen.
There's plenty to look forward to. What will Kate wear to the State Reception? One of her go-to designers? A New Zealand brand? Share your predictions in the comments section!

126 comments:

  1. Absolutely adorable! Catherine looks so at ease with motherhood.

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  2. PG is so cute he is the star of this whole trip!!! I hope we will get lots of him!! For me her dress is a second miss but I can hardly wait tomorrows reception! Thanks Charlotte for the great and awesome coverage!!Blue 27

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  3. This was all so adorable! Prince George is just about the cutest baby I've ever seen. Also, I was quite pleased that I shared my name, Amelia, with one of the babies attending :) According to this article http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/royal-tour/9921832/Prince-George-has-a-play-date-with-Kiwi-kids he snatched a doll out of Amelia's hands and then threw it to the floor haha

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    1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)9 April 2014 15:41

      I adore the name Amelia! It's at the top of my "Possible Girl Name" list for when my husband and I decide to have baby #2! :-)
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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    2. My Mothers name is Elizabeth Amelia, love both names..

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    3. My youngest sister is Amelia Elizabeth, and my daughter is Elizabeth. I love both days.

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    4. Both names*** I dont know where my mind is...

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    5. Erin in Elgin10 April 2014 00:53

      I know where it is. Where mine is- NZ I 'm not sure what day it is or time it is here, but I can tell you it is Thursday, 11:50 am in Blenheim.

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  4. Good morning to you Charlotte hope you're doing well!!
    I've been following you and others religiously on twitter lol.
    George is so adorable he is a cute baby!!!
    Kate looked lovely that dress looked great on here. She really looked like she was enjoying herself as did George, I thought it was cute when I read that he took a toy from a little girl and she cried and Kate tried to soothe her by stroking her head. She seems like an attentive mummy who dotes on George.
    Keep the posts coming and take care of yourself I love your blog!!

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  5. also this photo is so cuuuuute https://www.flickr.com/photos/governmenthousenz/13731049235/

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  6. Wow, Charlotte! You must have set your alarm clock for this one! I'm sitting here linked in to the New Zealand Herald live blog and you are already working on your new post. Looks like all the babes had fun!

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  7. Quick note to say you are doing very well with the speed of your blog posting so far! I am in NZ, just got home from work it's 4.30pm ish and you're beating the local media by mikes with your great pics and clothing detail! So now I'm not going to bother checking my national sites when I get home during the rest of the tour here, I'll just check yours! No pressure! Fastest Kate Blog in the West! You go girl (whatever you're doing keep it up but make sure you sleep when you can right -it's not unlike having a newborn baby, lol!) :-)

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    1. Fast Kate Blog in the West!! I love it!

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    2. Fastest Kate Blog in the West!

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    3. Anna from NZ9 April 2014 22:54

      Great comment, Michelle. Exactly my thoughts.

      IF IT'S NOT ON CHARLOTTE'S BLOG, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!

      : )

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  8. Speedy Charlotte! Your little Prince is adorable. Wonderful photos of him and his adoring mother. Her dress is very practical for this event, simple and flattering, won't show smudges. Predicting a Kiwi designer for the evening.

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  9. Charlotte have you located any pis of William & George on this playdate?

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    1. Hello Lois,

      I added a couple with William but the photographers focus was on George today and Kate was holding him throughout the event.

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  10. Anna from NZ9 April 2014 05:57

    Have to admit that I am not much of a baby person. But this boy is just the cutest and most adorable little person. I am officially head over heels. As a family they are just irresistible.

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  11. I love these pictures! It is very clear George loves his mommy. I would have liked to see some pictures of William with the baby also.

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  12. I'm the first to comment. (That's never happened to me here before.) What a lovely outing. I loved seeing Kate with George. Nice to see such a natural rapport between the two of them. Also, Kate's dress was great. Looking forward to more posts!

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  13. George is adorable. Typical of a baby!

    Her eyeliner really is unbearable...

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    1. Montana Mari9 April 2014 15:49

      wow, you couldn't just leave it at a nice comment could you?

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  14. Amazing timing! You must be staying up around the clock to get these posts done!
    Kate hit this one out of the ballpark as we say in the U.S. A home run from top to toe. Top? Kudos to Amanda Wakeley or whoever convinced Kate to get at least a few inches and it looks closer to 3-4 inches chopped off that hair!! The back view photo shows a definitely-shorter length and that's awesome!!
    Next, the dress. Youthful and appropriate and down-to-Earth. I love Tory Burch in all things, she's one of my favorite designers. Her clothes are practical and youthful yet still sophisticated and classic and - mostly - affordable. I love that dress and so happy to see Kate choosing a more mainstream designer.
    I love Temperley and Sarah Burton and the rest but, let's face it, they're still haute couture and largely unaffordable for the majority of the population.
    This outfit takes me back to the pre-engagement, pre-wedding Kate, when she was classic and stylish yet youthful and fun.
    Just can't say enough about this look. It's absolutely perfect.
    The only part I would change is I would have put tiny white socks and sneakers on the baby. Black socks and those awful, therapy-looking black shoes bring to mind the elderly men you see on the beaches in Europe (and the southern US), walking around with short pants, t-shirts, black knee socks and black leather loafers.
    But Kate's look is absolutely spot on for this one!!

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  15. Beautiful Pictures! beautiful family..she looks great in Tori Burch. I was thrilled to see her in the brand, I love it myself. My mother of the bride dress is a Tori Burch maxi dress from net-a-porter. These are great pictures..they look like they have regrouped on solid footing after a stressful first day..great job Charlotte

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  16. Looks like a lovely engagement with PG taking it all in his stride. I love the way he's dressed cute and classic - I don't think it'll be long before he's walking! I thought Kate looked lovely - gorgeous dress and perfect for the occasion.

    The photo of PG hugging his Mum is TDF!

    I can't wait for tomorrow - lots on and love the local time/date clock - thank you!

    This time difference is killing me! Hope you're doing OK Charlotte.

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  17. hi charlotte your are so fast prince george growing so fast

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  18. Catherine looks gorgeous in her dress and I ADORE the photo of baby George resting his head on her shoulder. What a gorgeous family.
    Thank you for this posting. What a memorable and exciting tour this will be.

    Cheers darling

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  19. Charlotte - Thanks for the great work in the night/early am. George is one cute baby. Loved Kate's dress. Black and White are the national colors of NZ. Looking forward to the tour really getting into full gear now.

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  20. Little George is cute. I hope we get to see pictures of William carrying his son as well on this trip.

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  21. I am so impressed - I am just about to go to bed (I live in British Columbia, Canada - it's 10:25 p.m. right now) and I thought I'd take a last look at the blog just in case there was anything new - and there was! When I did a Google search for "royal tour" and "Prince George" I got only one hit, a USA today article that was more about the arrival than the playgroup - just one image. Thank you so much for your wonderful coverage - I am so happy to have this blog to check each day! You do an amazing job!

    George is so cute! I love his two little teeth!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading!

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  22. Sarah from Calif.9 April 2014 06:32

    Love it! George is one healthy looking chap.
    They all look like their enjoying themselves :)

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    1. It was a really lovely engagement!

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  23. Erin in Elgin9 April 2014 07:05

    I actually think George is gnawing on her shoulder. Teething babies will do that . So glad most are happy with her outfit. I especially like the pictures of the 3 of them together. Prince William looks as though he has grown into his Dad role and Catherine looks so happy and at ease with her baby.
    About William's not holding George- could that be part of the maternal-child bonding process?. I was actually also thinking security issues.
    Thank-you, Charlotte, for your hard work,even if you do enjoy it. And thank-you Mr. Fiance, too, for your assistance, support and patience. and perhaps the occasional take-away meal.
    I can't decide if this post is my new favorite. The R&R one and Gap Year one are right up there, too.
    That organisation seems like a most worthwhile one.

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    1. Thankfully my other half is a good cook (the same cannot be said for yours truly). I shall pass your very kind words on :)

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    2. Erin, I too would like to see more photos of William holding his son. And in the highly-secured setting of this "playdate"/photo opp, I hardly think that security would have been a concern. I don't think it would disrupt the mother-child bonding process for the baby's father to hold him in public occasionally.
      It would go far toward affirming what we keep HEARING but never seeing - that William is a hands-on and involved father, the opposite of his father and grandfather.
      If Will and Kate are trying to keep on with this "new breed of royal" bit, then it'd be a step in the right direction for William to be seen holding and bonding with his little son and being an active father.
      P.S. I hate to say this but Miss Borrallo looks rather grim and grumpy, for all that she is a nanny and was surrounded by babies at this event.

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    3. Kate did tell another mother that William gives George his night time bath and his bottle. Then puts him to bed. That is being hands on.

      CJ from Washington

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    4. Its funny, my 85yr old grama and I were talking about William today. She had some unfiltered words about him. She was saying he should have held Georgie down the stairs and he'll turn out like his father. I may not neccessry agree but its nice talking about W&K w someone, besides from the blog here!
      I also think the nanny looks grumpy and a little bored. But its the only pic I've seen so far so she may just had a bad pic taken.

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    5. I agree. William should of been holding George down the steps from the plane so kate could manage her skirt better. I'd really like to see more of William being a hands on father as it just doesn't look that way. Especially when he went off for his ten week course.

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    6. Erin in Elgin9 April 2014 22:13

      Yes, give Nanny the benefit of doubt.. We don't all handle jet-lag well. Some metabolisms and biorhythms take longer. Also, could have been placed there to display the shawl, as someone mentioned, and maybe she was feeling a little useless and out of place. Superfluous, one of my favourite words.
      That said, I think she looks grumpy, too.

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    7. Jean from Lancs9 April 2014 22:24

      To be fair, I thought the nanny looked a little over-awed.
      It must take some getting used to for her to find people taking her photo and being landed in the middle of an important tour.
      I expect she will be different when she just has George.

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  24. Without a doubt the picture of Prince George hugging the Duchess is amazing! ! I also wonder if there's a picture of Prince William holding Prince George

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    1. I believe Kate held George throughout the event, at least from what I saw it appeared that way.

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    2. I was also wondering this too - is there some kind of royal protocol that says that William can't hold him in public? It's doubtful because he held him when he was born. But when it was very windy and they arrived in NZ there were many people commenting on how William didn't help Kate with George. I just thought it was because he didn't realise she was struggling. But today he didn't hold him either even though there were mothers and fathers at the event.

      Kate looked lovely and it seemed like George had a good time. Thanks for the lovely post!

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  25. Thank you Charlotte, lovely post! What a great engagement for the young royals. Prince George seems very at ease. They all look wonderful!

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  26. Are you up all night? You are amazing. What a lovely well researched blog. Plunket is indeed an amazing support organization in NZ, very reliant on donations for funding. If the funding drops so does the service. Every NZ baby has access to this service, and nearly everyone is a plunket baby.
    Wee George looks very happy. What a great first official engagement for him. I love that all those babies had no idea of the significance of their wee playmate.
    Just an aside, the plural for Maori is Maori.

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    1. I've been catching naps, today was the first late night :)

      George is just so adorable! Today's engagement will be one of the highlights of the tour for sure.

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  27. Thank you so much for your brilliant and fast coverage Charlotte. What a lovely engagement for the Cambridge family and that photo of George snuggling into his mum's shoulder is just beautiful. George is such a bonny baby! x

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  28. Theresa, from Paris9 April 2014 08:14

    What a lovely engagement ! PG looks a handful :) Gorgeous baby and I love his little outfit. It's amusing to see how she favours carrying him facing forward. Something you don't see that often but the Duchess does it nearly all the time. A way of bringing him up already ?
    The Duchess was lovely. I really love her dress and accessories. She looks so happy...Wonderful to see.

    Great post, Charlotte... Thank u so much for your hard work.

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    1. My babies wouldn't be carried any other way and I am delighted to see the Duchess carrying George like that too. My babies always wanted to face forward and I couldn't carry them on my hip, because I don't have any! I was never as lean as the Duchess, but maybe that is why she prefers that particular hold.

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  29. Thank you. What a lovely event. They looked as though that was an everyday
    mother and toddler group. So natural. Nice they are easing you in gently with their schedule!
    Thank you for the hard work. Donna

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  30. Dying! My little sister in law met the royals many many times se works at the luxury lodge/she kept it so quiet they were there but an ex-Wellington girl I guessed about 3 weeks ago they could be going to her work! E said they lovely lovely people & Im so in awe for her!
    Theresa, Kiwi in Auz

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  31. Jean from Lancs9 April 2014 08:42

    I awoke just before four---so went to the computer and saw a few pictures.
    What a wonderful event---a roomful of crawling babies. Marvelous photos!
    Love Catherine's dress and George's outfit.
    I think William is a very hands-on father, but is just happy to stand back and let his wife and baby be the stars.
    Thanks Charlotte---what time do things "hot" up tonight.?
    In all my years of royal watching don't think I have ever seen such an event before.
    "Sky" have just announced special tour programmes at 4: 30 and 8:30, for anyone in UK

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  32. I love the pictures and video of this event! George looks like he has a strong bond with his mother. I also loved the story of William and George's bedtime routine. They all looked wonderful and fit in nicely with the other parents. I am sure we will see the cuddle picture and the walking picture again and again.

    It must have been wonderful to speak with other parents who have babies around Prince George's age. I do wonder if Kate had some anxiety going into the engagement. People judge parents, especially mothers, so harshly. I would be terrified to have every interaction with my baby photographed for the world to see.

    I am also really impressed that George seems so well adjusted to the time change! Looking forward to the rest of the tour! Thanks Charlotte! :)

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  33. Elizabeth from the US9 April 2014 09:33

    This event was an all around win for Kate. I love her Tory Burch dress, her hair looked fantastic, and she looked so happy and at ease (which she does not always at appearances). Clearly, motherhood suits her! Let's not forget PG, who was the real star of the show! He looked so adorable and its great to see so many pictures of him.

    Can't wait to see what tomorrow's events have in store! Thanks for the speedy updates, Charlotte!

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  34. Silvia Portugal9 April 2014 09:42

    Dear Charlotte,
    This is Silvia from Portugal and I am always excited to get news from the tour. This morning I checked the blog at 6h00am there were no comments and I was still sleep to write properly!!! Kate was amazing, PG was the pearl of the day and William as his best as well :))) I really loved what Kate was wearing, she looked perfectly dressed!!!
    Wonderful job Charlotte :)))
    We are always on your track :))))

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  35. Eve from Germany9 April 2014 10:00

    Charlotte, thank you so much!!! Incredible post, so many photos, so much information, YOU`RE SIMPLY THE BEST!! :-)))
    George is so adorable, really! From what I´ve read, William was very much the same as a youngster, really very much into "getting his own way", so this must be challenging for both parents and everyone else around them... He is indeed very "big" for his age and I´m sure will be walking very, very soon.... :-)))) He seems to be totally at ease, no matter where he is, that´s wonderful and shows that he most certainly feels very, very secure and has this outgoing, open nature which will serve him very well in his role as "future king". I know it´s a bit early to "foresee" how he will cope in future with his role but my experience with children is that even as a newborn they already seem to have very characteristic traits which seem to persist.... Anyway, he`s so cute and it´s lovely to see him feeling obviously well and at ease - after such a long journey, the time-difference and so many new faces! It would be a strain and maybe quite intimidating for us grown-ups, but obviously not for him!
    I didn´t like the pattern on Kate´s dress all too much, but that´s my personal taste. The dress itself looked very comfortable and that´s what Kate showed on all the photos and the video. That should have been the main purpose of any dress for such an occasion - to make you feel comfortable so that you can concentrate on your child and all the other parents present...
    I truly am looking forward to all that´s coming next - there´s no place on the www like this one here to catch up with everything that´s going on!! Can´t thank you enough for all your hard work, Charlotte!

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  36. I wouldn't be surprised if the shawl that the nanny is pictured holding is the exquisitely fine merino wool shawl, knitted locally, which was the NZ government gift to D and D of C when PG was born. Of course he could have a dozen shawls but strikes me that along with the silver fern broach and perhaps the blue pearl broach presented to QE11 last year, that it is a tactful airing of gifts from the host country.

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  37. Great post and George is beyond adorable! And what a huge baby he is! I love Catherine's dress and I'm more than disappointed that it's sold out on both of those websites. This time zone thing really isn't working out for me lol since everyone else has been awake for hours and got the jump on me for shopping!! Thanks for the amazing coverage already!

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  38. Thank You Charlotte!george is simply adorable and the video showing the interaction with other kids is simply priceless.a 10/10 for this engagement!xoxo

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  39. I'm disappointed that it doesn't look like William has been photographed holding George!

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  40. Love the dress. This is more her style. Effortless. The red outfit she arrived in was so "royal" and it just was not her. I am also wondering why William is not holding his son.

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  41. Very charming. - mothers and fathers and babies enjoying each other. I especially enjoyed the photo of William looking at his wife and child with pride. I'm glad that he said that he is a hands on dad - because it really is just too much fun loving on a baby.

    I liked Kate's dress, and thought it was very appropriate. I especially liked the blush purses the models are carrying in the Tory Burch ad. Where do I get one of those? They are awesome.

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  42. Beautiful pics and so much fun to see! I didn't love the fringe on the dress, but I loved the dress overall - a very pretty shape and Kate looked beautiful.

    I saw this quote in a Sky News article and I can't stop giggling: "A fidgety William crawled unfazed towards the camped-out media, stopping only to chew on the antennae of the now famous Buzzy Bee wooden toy." Bahahaha! I would have loved to see "William" do that!!

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  43. Canadian Friend9 April 2014 15:02

    Hi, Charlotte-Thank you for your continuing posts on the Tour. You're doing a fabulous job. I appreciate your hard work so much!

    George is adorable! His clothes so far have been very traditional. It will be interesting to see if we see him in any of his "Gap" wardrobe-something a little more modern.

    I LOVE Kate's dress! For me, this is right up there with the best she has worn (I'm thinking the Max Mara, the patterned Erdem(?) from when she was expecting, etc.). What a difference an inch or two (or three or four) makes to her skirt length. So much more elegant and easier for her to chase George in without any "shots" the DM can feature!

    Wonderful to hear of a service like Plunket. I'm confirmed in my impression of N.Z. as being a very progressive and diverse society. I'm so pleased to have a chance to learn more about the country. Now if only I could figure out a way to visit and stay at that gorgeous lodge!

    I hope everyone in the Cambridge household is ready for when G. starts to walk (and run very shortly thereafter by the look of him). That's a whole new level of parenting-and very exhausting!

    Cheers to all!

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  44. Many thanks for a speedy great post Charlotte! As a result I was able to buy the dress at net a porter.
    It would be good to see what you think about my small obsessions belief she is wearing vikki jimmy choo pumps,
    the heel doesn't look the same to me.

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  45. Colorado Eve9 April 2014 15:34

    It looks as though George will be an early walker, maybe at nine months. This adorable kid wants to see everything and go everywhere! Once he's mobile, the real challenges will begin for his parents! It's interesting to see how big and strong he is compared with some of the other babies.

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  46. Absolutely adore this dress. Kate makes up for the pillbox hat disaster here! And George is adorable! Makes me feel quite broody!

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  47. A very well planned event for the Cambridges and Plunket families and beautifully executed! I'm thrilled with the pics and your post, Charlotte. Thank you for the hard work and (early) hours devoted to sharing all the details with us.

    Hearing what an impact this organization has in NZ through one mother's letter is powerful. What a wonderful job they do in fostering community and caring for its youngest citizens and their families.

    Loved George's outfit on him today! The shirt portion underneath looked a bit snug on him but he certainly must be growing quickly at this stage and difficult to size. The smocked panel on the dungarees is gorgeous! I love the colors and that it is classic yet masculine on him. I adore smocked baby outfits and really appreciate the work that goes into creating them.

    The Duchess' dress was lovely and so suited to her with her love of fringe. What a surprise to see an American designer in the mix! She certainly keeps us guessing. When you consider the number of established and emerging talent in the fashion industry, it's fun to think who else we might see her wearing that we might not have predicted.

    That said, I'm thinking we'll see the Duchess wearing a piece from either a NZ native or someone with a strong connection to the country for the reception. I would love to see her in a print, considering the backdrop of the gallery and the nature of the event. And to mix things up.

    Bidding them a good night's rest for their full day ahead! We'll no doubt miss seeing Prince Chubbycheeks after he and his parents treated us to such a darling display of family togetherness.

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  48. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)9 April 2014 15:55

    What a beautiful family! And what a wonderful event; playdates are so much fun and are a huge help to new parents. Having a baby can be overwhelming at times and it is always so nice tomeet with other parents and know that you aren't the only one feeling a certain way. Plunkett's seems like such a wonderful organization--I think it is lovely that parents have this resource.
    I love Kate's outfit! It's crisp, classic and has a touch of hip (with the fringe detail). Everything was pulled together beautifully. And George...THOSE CHEEKS!! I can't handle it! I think he gets cuter every time that we see him!
    Charlotte, thank you so much for the post. I don't know how you do it, but you do it well. You are simply the best!
    Have an awesome day everyone!
    Shantel
    (Finally warm and sunny) Minnesota, USA

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  49. Montana Mari9 April 2014 15:56

    Charlotte, you are amazing! I could hardly wait to get up this morning to check and see what was new on here! Like most of the posts on here, I too LOVE the picture of George hugging Catherine. As far as William holding George, it could be that George is going through a mommy stage. I have no doubt he loves his daddy just as much and is just as close to William as he is to Catherine.

    Lovely, darling, wonderful pictures. Catherine looks as classy as ever. Maybe I'm too easy on her just because I love her so much, but I don't think I've ever seen her in a look I didn't love. She is just a class act all the way around!

    Thanks for all your hard work Charlotte!

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  50. Sarah from Calif.9 April 2014 16:14

    I seriously am having Oh My God George is so cute, sweet, adoreble and Charming issues. You can see the same look on his parents faces. I love it! This age is soooo special :)
    Thank you Charlotte for all your work bringing us the best!

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  51. Another amazing post Charlotte! I look forward to your posts every time the Royals are mentioned!! I thought Kate looked absolutely stunning this event. I personally love Tory Burch and am lucky to have a few pieces of clothing from the line myself. I will say the black and white was very demure, but I think she chose to make the Prince stand out (as she should) because it really was all about him at this event. I also have to note that my son is the exact same age as PG and her outfit was both appropriate for the event as well as comfortable in order to hold him, be on the floor with him, play with him. It's always a struggle with a squirming baby, getting up and down to wipe his chin or grab a toy, hold him while speaking to other people and stroking other babies' heads while holding your own. It seems to me she chose this particular dress for its ease and polish. Very hard to find that combination! I thought she looked gorgeous, I love the trimmed hair, etc. And I adored Prince George's outfit. He looked absolutely darling and very European. I know most people aren't into his shoes and socks but that is very very common on babies overseas and we have to remember he is a Prince at an event. He wouldn't be in sneakers. I'm sure the shoes were very soft and comfortable for him as he's not a walker yet. Amazing post Charlotte now get some more rest!!!

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA9 April 2014 16:59

      I agree, Angelfeet. I think his little shoes are beautiful--and classy beyond belief! And I believe they and the socks are navy--to match his overalls. Yesterday he wore same shoe in white, I think.

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  52. Another amazing post Charlotte! I look forward to your posts every time the Royals are mentioned!! I thought Kate looked absolutely stunning this event. I personally love Tory Burch and am lucky to have a few pieces of clothing from the line myself. I will say the black and white was very demure, but I think she chose to make the Prince stand out (as she should) because it really was all about him at this event. I also have to note that my son is the exact same age as PG and her outfit was both appropriate for the event as well as comfortable in order to hold him, be on the floor with him, play with him. It's always a struggle with a squirming baby, getting up and down to wipe his chin or grab a toy, hold him while speaking to other people and stroking other babies' heads while holding your own. It seems to me she chose this particular dress for its ease and polish. Very hard to find that combination! I thought she looked gorgeous, I love the trimmed hair, etc. And I adored Prince George's outfit. He looked absolutely darling and very European. I know most people aren't into his shoes and socks but that is very very common on babies overseas and we have to remember he is a Prince at an event. He wouldn't be in sneakers. I'm sure the shoes were very soft and comfortable for him as he's not a walker yet. Amazing post Charlotte now get some more rest!!!

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    1. "...most people aren't into shoes and socks but that is very, very common on babies overseas..." Your assumptions are offensive.

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    2. angelfeet, I don't know where you live, but my babies in the US all wore shoes and socks once they were out of booties!

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    3. "Into HIS shoes and socks." Meaning the dark color. Please read carefully before reacting. You read it incorrectly and Anon. reacted to your reaction, which is how wars are started....more or less.

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  53. Jennifer from Wisconsin9 April 2014 16:16

    What a great post! The Cambridges look amazing and George is so cute. I bet he loved playing with the other kids. That little girl whose toy he wanted to play with will have a funny story for life- too bad she won't remember it!
    Charlotte- Thank you from the bottom of my heart for brightening my day this morning- I had been having a tough time.

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    2. Jennifer, good thoughts for you today. At least it seems as if spring might come at last in our neck of the woods!

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    3. Jennifer from Wisconsin10 April 2014 06:09

      Ladies,
      Thank you both. :) I had an epidural gone wrong with my second baby and sometimes it is not fun to be me. I really appreciate the warm wishes.

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  54. Tammy from California9 April 2014 16:16

    I wanted to make one more comment: In the picture where someone is offering a stuffed blue bear to baby George, William is in the background giving Kate such a lovely look. It's a look of complete love, adoration and pride. I love it!

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    1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)9 April 2014 16:40

      Tammy, I noticed that too! My heart melted! *sigh*
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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    2. At first glance I thought the same thing, but on closer examination, I believe William is looking at George with eyes full of love as any proud parent would do. This is not meant to take anything away from Kate. It's obvious W&K love each other, but when a child enters your life, everything changes.

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  55. Charlotte, you were so speedy last night, very impressive. I thought Kate's dress was flattering, great for hiding smudges from baby shoes and dribbles, and perfect for the occasion. Great look for her. And what a brilliant first event for the future king. He looks like he will be walking any day now. Those photos are so sweet, and you can see how much George is loved. I'm thinking a Kiwi designer for the evening event.

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  56. It's like Gerber made that baby! He's adorable and the whole event looked fun! I just feel The Duke and Duchess are doing a fabulous job as modern royalty... Can't imagine a life like that in the spotlight. I'm a working mom and I never look that well put together! I'm such a big fan of them all - and so looking forward to your wonderful coverage of their trip abroad! Thanks!

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  57. Jennifer from Wisconsin9 April 2014 16:27

    Charlotte,

    Charlotte, As a total aside- When did you decide to write a blog on the White House ladies? I love them- I have books and books on White House First Ladies. I hope when you have more time you decide to continue! The historical impact many have had on US history is amazing and for some, the global impact is more than most people are aware of. Hope school is going well for you too. Yesterday I just signed up for the final round of classes at my school before I graduate and then I am off to finish my second part of the school plan. :) Progress.

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      I made it quite some time ago but never got around to writing it unfortunately. Perhaps in the future? It would be a very fun topic to write about :)

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  58. Thank you all for your comments! It's shaping up to be an amazing tour :)

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  59. Amy Cherry Hill, New Jersey USA9 April 2014 16:38

    I absolutely love your blog!!! It is wonderful-all these details! I love it! I check in every day. Thank you so much-seeing William, Kate and "Little Duke" brighten my day! Please keep these beautiful photo's and information coming!

    Thanks again!

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  60. Maryland Moxie9 April 2014 17:11

    Moxie likes the dress! Moxie doesn't think a $700+ dress is affordable casual wear for baby play dates and hopes everyone got right out of those outfits just as soon as the cameras were off. Moxie has seen what an 8 month old baby can do to clothing. #SendThoseCleaningBillsToCharles!

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  61. Charlotte- thanks again for another fantastic post. We appreciate your hard work (and lack of sleep!!). Also, thank you for providing so much information about Plunket Society- what a fantastic service for families!
    Kate looked just lovely and so relaxed. Tory Burch is one of my favorite designers and I think her style suits Kate perfectly. And her hair looks fantastic as well, I think it looks so much nicer at this length!
    Prince George is just the most adorable baby! He seems quite easygoing. It was so nice to see the family interacting together, and the photo of George hugging Kate is so sweet!
    Cate

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  62. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! What a special occasion and all of the photos show how very much in love Kate and William are with their son. Just love it! Kate's Tory Burch dress is fantastic and, as expected, now sold out! Thanks for keeping us up to date Charlotte!

    Lauren

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  63. The pictures are all so ADORABLE I can barely stand it!!! Prince George is a doll and all three, William-Kate-George, look so happy. I always come to your blog first before the others because you have the best coverage, I have been checking you blog at least twice per day. I love the clock you have to help us keep track of the time in New Zealand. I love the Tory Burch dress. The fringe is a nice element.

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  64. Thanks for the wonderful job you do and also a big thanks for adding the royal tour clock!

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  65. Did any one notice that her eye makeup is softening, and though she has heavy eyeliner on the botton the top is softer? This has been great coverage so far...and I can't say enough about george, so I won't even start. I am so looking forward to your next post.

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  66. I swear 'gorgeous George' has got two little light-bulbs in his cheeks when he smiles. haha.

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  67. Thank you for the great post again Charlotte!! I so appreciate all you do and loved the post! Looked like such a wonderful gathering.I loved Kate's dress and little George was beyond adorable! He is something else! Watching the video he does seems above the other ones in development. I now know another reason she holds him in front - I think he likes to play with his Mom's hair and is curious about it. Loved all the pictures! Thank you again!
    Jen from USA

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  68. Erin in Elgin9 April 2014 20:44

    Bet it's not the last time George makes a girl cry.
    If I remember child development theories, throwing a toy down and watching it disappear and come back -usually via a parent's hand- is an important developmental stage. He seems to have mastered it.
    Love Kate standing there unfazed with her hair recently restyled by her baby son, talking away to a parent.
    Brought back memories of when my sister was in the hospital and I was the only person her baby would go to. My sister and I both had long hair that her baby would grab onto as sort of a comfort, I guess.


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  69. I was very much looking forward to this engagement! I can't believe it happened so quickly. George is just adorable! AndI think it is safe to say one little prince loves the spotlight =D It's been so nice to see Kate as a mother - that picture of Georgie cuddling her just melts my heart. It so hard to believe that more than a year ago they were on the Southeast Tour - only the two of them. Time certainly flies!

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  70. Love the Royal tour clock ! We need two I pads in our house, I keep pinching my husbands to check your updates at least I know the time in NZ now :)

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  71. Rose from Montreal, Canada9 April 2014 21:26

    Thanks Charlotte. Lovely pictures loved everything and everyone. Prince George is simply gorgeous. I am so happy we finally get a chance to see him properly. Lovely family. Please get some rest Charlotte. We do appreciate your hard work but remember this is going to be a long tour. Take care of yourself.

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  72. Today's events kick of at 11 a.m. NZ time (Midnight UK). It's a very busy day for the royals :)

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  73. Klara from Croatia9 April 2014 21:37

    I wish all reporters were like you, so informative, well organised, with accent on right things! I enjoyed hearing about Plunket! Cambridge family is beautiful, lovely, hope they continue being that happy. Thank you, Admin.

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  74. Anna from NZ9 April 2014 22:13

    Guess which Tory Burch dress is sold out at net-a-ourter?
    I am quite a fan of the Tory Burch design aesthetic and I think the dress looked fantastic on Kate. It's very much her style. Charlotte, I can't get over how fast you are. Thanks for another fantastic post!

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      gosh! net-a-porter of course.

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  75. Anna from NZ9 April 2014 22:38

    My guess is that Kate was holding George at their arrival despite all the obstacles because that's what everyone was waiting for. A first Kate-and-her-baby stepping out of the plane photo. Not sure, just a felling.
    I hope and expect that at some point during the tour we will see William interacting more with Georgie.

    I always want to call him "Georgie Pie" which is the weirdest thing because in NZ we have the phenomenon of an actual (pretty awful) meat pie called georgie pie, sold at McDonald's https://therealgeorgiepie.co.nz/
    Can't get it out of my head. Poor George! ;)

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  76. I personally think it sucks that the people of NZ get a better look at prince george before the british people. Im an american but if I was british id be pissed.

    Just a though
    Sarah

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    1. Anna from NZ9 April 2014 23:41

      I tend to believe the majority of the world population got a better look at Prince George through the internet.

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    2. They are the Royal Family of New Zealand as much as they are of Britain. Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of New Zealand. I would think the british people are more than happy for the young royals to show off George anywhere in the Commonwealth?

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  77. Charlotte, thank you so much for the excellent coverage. I've been trying to catch up when I can! :)

    My favorite picture has to be of George hugging Kate! OMG, so sweet. And how lovely to see W&K so at ease and interacting with the people as they do. Kate's dress was perfect for the occasion, IMO...youthful, sophisticated, and a "forgiving" pattern if needed.

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    1. Erin in Elgin10 April 2014 00:22

      Hi royalfan! Agree about. the hugging picture.. I think the artistic composition is near perfect. The relative position of their eyes and their arms. One's eyes keep traveling around in a circle.
      I wonder what Paola has to say.
      It is hard to choose just one and I find myself going back to look many times, I do love the one of all three and the bear, with William gazing at his wife and son. I think a little bit he might be wondering how his son is going to react to the bear, waiting to see what he'll do next.

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  78. Oh Charlotte, thank you for covering this so well. I am so pleased to see this engagement, Kate was so engaged with George and that photo of their hug is so beautiful. They both look so healthy and happy.

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  79. Kate in bright blue skirt suit/dress this morning in New Zealand...

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  80. Blue coat-dress (?) with reverse pleat in front, no hat, hair in low ponytail.
    Long sleeved, self-belt at waist, pointed collar. Black (?) heels.

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  81. Flap pockets at hip...she loks rather chic. I wish she would pair better shoes with her outfits, though. Not everything has to be nude or black/dark! I like that she finally tied her hair back, but some updo's would be fabulous with her hair.

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  82. Ok, today's blue dress looks like a bespoke version of this McQueen on NAP:http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/408793/Alexander_McQueen/belted-crepe-coat-
    The belt was slightly different, it was longer, and a bright blue. There were no "flaps" above the belt.

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  83. Kate, Texas, USA10 April 2014 02:11

    Oh my goodness....GEORGE!!! What an absolute doll! He is gorgeous! This post makes my heart so happy. The obvious love between mother and son is priceless. The picture of him cuddling Kate's shoulder is perfection. Love. His little smocked jumper is adorable! I wonder if my boys would agree to put anything smocked on like they wore when they were little....LOL!!! Kate needs to enjoy shopping for "cute" boy things while she can! I love what the other guests had to say about George...strong, intelligent, and take charge. Definitely sounds like a great future king to me. :) For the time being I guess we can gush over his kissy cheeks and lips!

    Kate's dress....love it! Youthful and chic. Something that looks comfortable and I would love!
    William's comment about the play date....hilarious! "Madness" Sounds like something my husband would say!

    I love that this was the first engagement as a family. As you said, this is the first of a a lifetime of engagements for Prince George and he did a fine job! It's going to be an amazing three weeks!

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  85. I love these photos. George is just adorable and Kate looks comfortable as a mother.

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