In pictures: Royal tour of New Zealand

  • 14 April 2014
  • From the section UK
Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia. Their son, Prince George, is with them but is not appearing at all the events. On Monday, the couple took part in an impromptu cricket match in Christchurch.
Image caption The duke teased his wife on Sunday when he coached a team of young tag rugby players to success at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, leaving her team in second place.
Image caption Crowds of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the duke and duchess as they stopped at Cambridge on New Zealand's North Island on Saturday. The royal tour will finish in the Australian capital, Canberra, on 25 April.
Image caption On the fifth day of their tour the royal couple joined the crews of America's Cup yachts to race against each other at Waitemata Harbour off the coast of Auckland.
Image caption The Duchess of Cambridge has become one of many royal visitors to New Zealand. The first was Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, second son of Queen Victoria. He arrived in Wellington in 1869 as Captain of HMS Galatea.
Image caption There were also some strong reactions to the royals' visit. When the duke and duchess arrived at Auckland harbour, an aircraft flew over the crowd towing a banner expressing the view that some would prefer a native head of state.
Image caption As part of the couple's tour, Prince William was chosen to start a cycle race at the Avantidrome in Hamilton.
Image caption During their trip, the royal couple met other new mothers and fathers and their children at Government House in Wellington. The parents chosen to mingle with the royals and the little prince were said to have been selected to reflect the diversity of New Zealand society.
Image caption Crowds of fans, young and old, turned out to catch a glimpse of the prince and princess, at their various appointments around New Zealand which have seen them take part in a yacht race, visit a rugby stadium and a vineyard.
Image caption Aside from celebrations, the couple also paid tribute to New Zealand's war dead and laid a wreath in the town of Blenheim to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. While they were there they also unveiled a portrait of the Queen.
Image caption At the start of the tour, the Duchess of Cambridge was welcomed using a Maori nose-press gesture known as a "hongi".
Image caption Shortly after arriving, the couple were given a traditional Maori welcome. For her first day, Catherine wore a red coat with gold buttons from British designer Catherine Walker, who was a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Image caption The trip is Prince George's first official tour. His arrival in New Zealand was only the third time he has been shown off in public.

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