The Royalist

04.07.14

Prince George Faces The Global Media

Prince George arrives in New Zealand and faces photographers for the first time

He was such a pro, you wouldn't have known it was only his second photo call ever.

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But Kate Middleton and Prince William's noble efforts to keep their young son George protected from the global media came to a dramatic end today as Kate descended the steps of Quantas Airways jet with her eight-month old son into a the glare of the world's media at Wellington, New Zealand, on the first day of a three-week tour of Australasia.

Kate looked stunning and sprightly as ever despite the 28 hr flight from the UK, and was dressed in a Max Mara dress in red, the national color of New Zealand. But it was undoubtedly her young son, smiling in her arms, who stole the show, in a white cotton knitted jumper and shorts, although his outfit was perhaps a little chilly as it was cold and wet in New Zealand.

It was the first time that photographers have been permitted unfettered access to Prince George since he left hospital, and marked perhaps the end of Kate’s attempts to keep him entirely sheltered from the press.

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Kate is said to have accepted that she cannot keep George hidden from public view on the royal tour, and on Wednesday he is expected to be taken to a kids charity - although, the palace are not officially confirming the engagement.

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The Cambridge family traveled to Government House in a 7-series BMW, and then, after George had been settled inside with his nanny Maria, Kate and William were met by Maori leaders Lewis Moeau and Hira Hape, and after carrying out the traditional nose-pressing greeting called the hongi, the royal couple were confronted by 35 semi-naked toa warriors.