Prince George’s first royal tour abroad began Monday as he arrived in Wellington, for a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The eight-month-old future king’s arrival was expected to be disrupted by thick fog and bad weather but the plane carrying the royals landed safely, and the little prince was greeted by John Key, prime minister of New Zealand.
"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 reportedly told the media, adding: “My sense is that they're going to captivate the nation... hopefully they'll have a great time.”
The Royal Family arrived in Sydney airport early Monday and boarded a Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft. Prince William was photographed clutching a stuffed kangaroo backpack for his son, reportedly given to the royals by the Australian Koala Foundation. They will arrive back in Sydney in the middle of next week and spend several days in the city before visiting Canberra and Brisbane.
According to reports, George will be present at only a few engagements on the tour down under, with a relatively light schedule of day-trips and rare evening functions in New Zealand.
“George being just a little over eight months old by the time they travel, I'm sure you will appreciate that the couple will have to make a final decision on those moments much closer to the time," the prince's private secretary reportedly said.
George reportedly was not present at the official ceremonial Maori welcome on the lawns of Government House due to occasional rain in Wellington.