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Prince George makes his first public engagement with Kate and William in New Zealand


Prince George made his first official public engagement in Wellington, New Zealand, this morning, alongside his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The royals visited Government House - the principal residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand - to meet not-for-profit childcare organisation Plunket alongside new mothers and fathers.

Meanwhile, eight-month-old Prince George was introduced to 10 babies - six girls and four boys - who were born within a few weeks of his own birthday, on July 22 last year.

Prince William joked, "It's madness, there are babies everywhere".

The idea behind he meeting was to give the royal couple a chance to introduce the young prince to the world in a less formal way. They also had the chance to talk to other first-time parents.

One of the couples who met the Duke and Duchess were gay fathers Jared Mullen and Ryan McRae and their daughter Isabella, who were chosen to represent the growing numbers of same-sex couples in New Zealand who use Plunket’s parental support services.

Tristine Clark, New Zealand president of Plunket, said, "The parents are a spread of all the communities in New Zealand, including Maoris, Samoans, people of Chinese descent and gay couples.

"This is a very multi-cultural country and we wanted the Duke and Duchess to meet people from all backgrounds."

Prince George was dressed in blue dungaree shorts worth £75 by British luxury brand Rachel Riley, and a white shirt.

Meanwhile, Kate Middleton opted for a black and white print Tory Burch dress.

At one point, Prince George was presented with a blue bear by organisers at the Plunket event.

The royals are on the third day of their official 19-day tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Tomorrow, the couple will meet war veterans and senior politicians at a War Memorial in Blenheim, followed by a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre for the 'Knights of the Sky' exhibition and a WWI vehicle and aircraft display with Sir Peter Jackson.

In the evening, they will attend a State Reception given by Governor General at Government House, where Prince William is to give his first speech of the tour and unveil a portrait of The Queen.

Other royal engagements in New Zealand include a yacht race and visit a Maori tribe, a rugby stadium and a vineyard.

Next week, the family will take a three-hour flight to Australia, where they'll visit Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Queensland, Adelaide and Canberra.

The tour has been planned around Prince George, who will only be taken to a few specific engagements throughout the trip. On most days, The Duke and Duchess' schedule stops in the late afternoon to allow enough time for the parents to get back to their son.

Watch a snapshot of Prince George and Kate Middleton at the Plunket play group at Government House below:

(Images: Rex Features)



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