Britain's baby Prince George embarked Monday on his first official tour, visiting New Zealand with parents William and Kate, but the eight-month-old missed the famed Maori welcome after being whisked indoors amid wild weather. Strong winds, rain and poor visibility greeted the royals in Wellington at the start of a three-week visit to New Zealand and Australia that marks the beginning of a lifetime of regal duties for the pint-sized prince.
Kate, 32, struggled to keep her dress and pill-box hat under control as she carried her son down the steps of the New Zealand Air Force 757 to be greeted by Prime Minister John Key.
The chubby baby was lightly dressed in shorts and a white cardigan. Kate wore a buttoned-up red coat by designer Catherine Walker, adorned with a silver fern brooch that was a gift to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited New Zealand in 1953.
"I don't think their enthusiasm for coming to New Zealand has been dampened at all by the fact that we all got wet today on the tarmac," Key told reporters.
"My sense is that they're going to captivate the nation... hopefully they'll have a great time." #Prince William #Kate Middleton #World #New Zealand #Prince George #Baby Prince George #Maori