Prince William, his wife Catherine and baby George breezed
into the capital on a strong southerly and seem to have
charmed everybody they met.
The family were resting at Government House in Wellington
this evening after a ceremonial greeting on the front lawn by
kapa haka groups from the Defence Force and local school
The ceremony was watched over by Prince George, who was being
cared for away from the cold blast in the warmth of
Government House, but who could be seen at a window on the
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in the country for nine
days and will visit centres around the country.
After touching down in a Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing
757 at Wellington airport's military terminal just after
midday, waiting local and overseas media were given the
chance for a decent look at the latest heir to the crown,
with Catherine holding Prince George in front of her as she
stepped off the aircraft.
They were met by the Governor-General's aide-de-camp
Commander Richard Walker, Prime Minister John Key, his wife
Bronagh, and Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
Their arrival was met with cheers from hardy members of the
public who had gathered near the security fence outside the
Royal-watchers were happy to be lashed by cold winds and
drenched by driving rain to catch a glimpse of the
high-profile visitors as they sped by in their motorcade
around the bays.
Not even a 20-minute delay to the flight's arrival, caused by
stubborn, heavy fog that descended on the capital could
dampen spirits of those waiting along the route.
Many fans waved British flags and High Five Early Education
centre, which was on the royals' motorcade route had decked
their windows with a welcome sign and a Union Jack.
Catherine wowed fans, wearing a stunning Catherine Walker
scarlet coat, a matching Gina Foster hat, and a silver fern
brooch which was gifted to the Queen on her 1952-53 tour of
The couple maintained their friendly and down to earth
reputation by speaking to a number of school pupils who had
been invited to Government House.
Rongotai College students performed a haka for the pair and
afterwards, they spoke with the group's leaders -
17-year-olds Conor (crrct) Flynn and Luka Hogervorst.
Conor said the couple apologised for making the group stand
for so long in the cold.
"They were really friendly - they were nice and more down to
earth than I was expecting."
Luka said being at the ceremony was a "once in a lifetime"
A 21-gun salute echoed around the area, as the band played
God Save the Queen and New Zealand's national anthem, while
Prince William took time to inspect the Guard of Honour.
School children from Clyde Quay School, Muritai School and
Petone Central School were also treated to a royal chat.
Billy Firth, 12, said Catherine told the group they all
"They weren't like what I thought they would be like - I
thought they would be posh and wear make-up, but they looked
really normal. It was cool."
Kaya Nielsen (crrct), 11, gave the Duchess a letter she had
"I just wrote to her 'Good luck and I hope the weather
doesn't ruin the letter and you look beautiful', which she
Kaya completed the letter with a drawing of the family's
names topped with crowns.
"She said that it was a wonderful picture and then she read
Ten-year-old Mia Murdoch gave Catherine a bunch of pink and
white flowers from her mother's garden.
"She asked me what my name was and if I chose the flowers
that I gave her."
Prince William also impressed the children, with 12-year-old
Sally Bird describing him as "swish".
The couple's next official engagement will be at Government
House on Wednesday with a visit by Plunket and a group of
parents with their own 8-month-old children to show off.