It is the final day in New Zealand, and after ten days of beautiful scenery, adoring fans, and exciting activities, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are headed to Australia. While we will surely miss the Kiwi coverage, we can’t wait to see what Australia has in store! (Koalas?! Cheeks?!)
Today was a very busy day for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In Wellington, they will visit the Royal New Zealand Police College, walk through the Civic Centre and sign the visitor’s book, before making a grand departure at Wellington Airport.
The 3+ hour flight takes the royals to Sydney, where they will arrive, Cheeks in tow, on a Royal Australia Air Force craft. They will be whisked off to Sydney Opera House, where William and Kate will attend a reception.
Royal New Zealand Police College
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began the day at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua. Prince Charles opened the college 30 years ago. William and Kate’s visit will highlight the excellent work of the Royal New Zealand police force and the college.
Despite the truly awful weather, William and Catherine arrived just after 10 a.m. local time. Their first, and more important, event of the day was to pay respect to the 29 officers killed in the line of duty. This memorial was accompanied by a traditional Maori greeting and prayer.
Afterwards, the recruits will be put to the test as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge view a dog handling display and training session. They also met with the police dogs, especially Gucci and her two puppies.
Kate wore a blue tweed suit by New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor. Kate previously wore the skirt suit in April 2012. She accessorized with navy blue suede pumps by Alexander McQueen.
The Duchess of Cambridge added a touch of sparkle to her outfit with her Cartier Ballon de Bleu watch and sapphire drop earrings. Her shiny locks were curled and styled in a half-up design, proving yet again that Amanda Cook Tucker is magical.
Walk Through Wellington
The second event of the day took the Royal Couple to the Civic Square at Wellington’s city centre. Blue skies magically appeared for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s final New Zealand walkabout.
The sun was shining for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. After days of rainy weather and ruined shoes (suede and water don’t mix!), Will and Kate could bid farewell to New Zealand with warmth and sunshine. As usual, the walkabout ran longer than expected – but the Duke and Duchess wanted to meet and greet as many people as possible before departing.
This event gave William and Kate an opportunity to thank the people of New Zealand for their warm hospitality over the past week and a half. While at the city center, they also signed Wellington’s Visitor’s Book, before departing for the airport.
Departure from New Zealand
Crowds began to gather at Wellington Airport shortly before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George/Cheeks were due to board the plane. It was the last chance for locals to catch a glimpse of the royals.
William, Kate, and George arrived just after 1 pm local time to board the Royal Australian Air Force craft. In a wonderful twist of events, William was holding his chubby baby boy in his arms, much to the delight of royal watchers.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George waved goodbye to New Zealand after a very successful tour. Off to Australia they go!
Arrival in Sydney
William, Catherine and George arrived in Sydney shortly after 2:30 PM local time. The Cambridges deplaned together, with George cuddled on mummy’s shoulder.
In the Australian sunshine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George were greeted by local officials on the tarmac. Earlier that day, the Premier of New South Wales resigned from his position after a scandal. He was scheduled to greet the Royals, but other officials stepped in his place.
Kate looked perfect in a golden yellow shift dress by Roksanda Ilincic. Yellow is one of Australia’s national colors, making it an appropriate choice for their arrival in Sydney. The dress was bespoke, based off of Ilincic’s S/S 14 collection.
Her accessories were simple-but-perfect. The much-anticipated, much-beloved, and noticeable absent thus far LK Bennett Sledge pumps FINALLY appeared! Kate also accessorized with Anoushka pearl drops and her Cartier watch. She also had her Mappin and Webb necklace tucked into her neckline.
Sydney Opera House Reception
Immediately following their arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were whisked off to the Sydney Opera House. The iconic establishment was the host for a reception with 400 local VIPs.
William and Kate were guided around the Sydney Harbor by local officials before being escorted into the Opera House. Hundreds of people crowded around the arena to catch a glimpse of the royals.
At the reception inside, Prince William gave a short speech. He spoke of his and Catherine’s excitement for the upcoming trip, and his hopes that George’s first word might be “bilby” (since “koala” is too hard to say). The Duke of Cambridge commended the Australians on their search mission for MH370. He also praised the country for its technology and the arts. William also mentioned his mother’s affections for Australia, which was a touching comment from His Royal Highness.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted the many guests at the reception and made their rounds throughout the event. They viewed performances and heard a number of speeches. Then, they were escorted by boat across the Sydney Harbor to Admiralty House, where they will stay for the first half of their visit.