Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge wave to the crowd at they depart for Australia. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
The sun finally shone on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
for the last public appearance of their 10-day visit to New
Rain has seemingly followed the royal couple on every
walkabout of their tour, and today's event at Wellington's
Civic Square looked likely to follow suit, with steady rain
falling in the capital for most of the morning.
But within half an hour of their arrival around 11.30am, the
rain had stopped and the sun peered out from behind the
The Duke and Duchess were greeted with loud cheers from the
thousands gathered at the square, some of whom had been
waiting for their arrival since before daybreak.
Accompanied by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, William and
Catherine stopped to chat to fans before being greeted by
four little girls - one dressed in white as a princess - who
handed them bouquets of flowers.
The couple then signed a visitors book at the Wellington Town
Hall before taking their time to greet people in the
sunshine, seemingly enjoying the chance to meet people
without needing an umbrella.
One fan asked Prince William, dressed in a navy suit and red
tie, when he would be having another baby, to which he
replied: "Oh you never know, give it time.''
The Duchess - wearing a navy blue tweed suit by New Zealand
designer Rebecca Taylor and navy suede Alexander McQueen
pumps - took her time to chat mainly to children as she
greeted the crowd.
Her wet morning showed in her nude stockings _ their heels
were dyed blue from her sodden shoes.
By the end of the walkabout, William's wrists were laden with
coloured friendship bracelets given to him by ardent
admirers. Kate also sported a black and neon yellow bracelet.
One little girl who caught both royals' attention was Upper
Hutt 11-month-old Ruby Cate Blitz, who was wearing a T-shirt
that read "Marry me George''.
Prince William chatted to Ruby's parents and asked for her
name, telling them: "She's absolutely beautiful''.
Catherine was standing nearby, and William called his wife
Ruby's mother said she was "just fizzing'' after Catherine
also said Ruby was beautiful.
At the end of their walk, the Duke and Duchess waved to
people watching from the city to sea bridge before entering a
limousine to make their way to the airport, where they were
due to depart New Zealand this afternoon.
Minutes later, seemingly on cue, the clouds rolled in again
and a light drizzle began to fall.
Earlier, Ms Wade-Brown and council staff broke out the
council tea trolley and handed out around 500 cups of hot
tea, coffee and Milo to the crowds in Civic Square.
Among those waiting to catch a glimpse of the royal couple
were a group of Samuel Marsden Collegiate students who had
been standing in the dark with a tarpaulin since 6am.
The girls, who had taken sick leave to see the royals, were
drenched but stuck around because "we're die-hard
It squelched when they walked but it would all be worth it,
The weather was true to form at the royal couple's visit to
the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua earlier this
morning, as thunder echoed around the hills and lightning
Hundreds of royal fans waited patiently in the rain before
they were met with a karakia by the police kapa haka group.
The Duke and Duchess were sheltered by umbrellas as the
heavens opened at the grounds.
They were then met by Police Commissioner Mike Bush, Deputy
Commissioner Viv Rickard and Assistant Commissioner Mike
Prince William and Catherine took time at the Memorial Wall
to acknowledge police killed on duty and laid a wreath at the
They then headed to the police gymnasium for a demonstration
by some of the staff. They also took time to meet young
police dogs and the dogs' foster families.
"Who's this then'', asked Catherine as she was introduced to
Winta, a German Shepherd puppy fostered by Weallean family.
She and William then asked about the puppy's needs and how
much exercise it needed.
Catherine was particularly concerned about the dog's eating
"Do they eat all your shoes?'' she asked.
The pair moved on to the next family - the Boles and their
foster pup Gessy. Eight-year-old Morgan handed Kate a toy
puppy for Prince George.
Prince William called it sweet, and Kate said she'd name it
As the royals walked through to the dining hall the kapa haka
group began singing "I'm singing in the rain''.
On the way into the reception area of the Police College to
sign the visitors' book, Prince William was shown a photo of
his father Prince Charles opening the college in 1981.
"Look at the sunshine'', he said.
Before signing the book the pair met Iris Pouao, a 7-year-old
girl who's just finished chemotherapy for a brain tumour.
Iris handed the Duchess a bouquet.
William and Kate asked the family about school, and Iris'
The couple and Prince George then headed to the military
terminal at Wellington Airport to fly to Sydney for the
Australian leg of their tour.
A crowded greeted them with a cheer as they stepped onto the
They stopped and spoke with waiting crew before boarding the
plane and giving a final wave.
The Royal Australian Air Force plane took off from Wellington
Airport at 1.11pm.