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Will and Kate Keep Their Cool During Awkward Royal Tour Moments

Apr 18 2014 - 11:50am

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's royal tour of New Zealand and Australia [1] is underway, and during their time abroad they've managed to tiptoe around several tricky situations. The moments have ranged from the traditional — like New Zealand's hongi tradition [2] and the Maori's skin-baring costumes — to the silly, like Prince William and Kate Middleton trying to do physical activities in business suits and the duchess trying to make her way around an Australian beach in sky-high wedges. Keep reading to see the most interesting interactions, and come back later to see what else the royal tour brings.

— Additional reporting by Maria Mercedes Lara

William looked a little confused when he received a giant egg during a stop in Sydney on April 18.

Kate kept her cool while greeting barely dressed men in Maori costumes on April 7.

Kate looked a little concerned for William as he tried to get into the cockpit of a plane at the Omaka Aviation Center on April 10.

Kate made a run for it in the sand on Sydney's Manley Beach on April 18.

William checked out the view from a cliff in Australia on April 17, but Kate kept her distance from the edge.

On April 11, William accidentally left Kate in the rain during a visit to the Auckland harbor in New Zealand.

There was a mom moment for Kate, when she bent down to pick up a toy that Prince George dropped during their April 9 playdate at Government House.

Kate got close on April 7 during her first New Zealand hongi, or nose kiss. (It was the first of many.)

Prince William also got in on the hongi tradition on April 7.

Kate attempted to soothe a crying baby during a playdate in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 9.

Kate somehow managed to make digging dirt look ladylike while in Australia on April 17.

Even Prince George had an unscripted moment when the wind blew his hair into a faux-hawk on April 7.

William tried to avert his eyes while observing a man dance in traditional Maori garb on April 7.

On April 13, Kate accidentally stumbled in her wedges while walking around the Amisfield Winery in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Kate tried to keep her hair in place during a windy arrival to Wellington on April 7.

On April 12, William winced as he fired a shot during a bicycle race in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The face says it all! Kate shrugged and smiled as she passed William's boat during a friendly race in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 11. William later said he was "sabotaged."

Kate narrowly avoided getting hit by a ball while playing cricket in Christchurch, New Zealand, on April 14.

Prince William also had trouble playing cricket in Christchurch.

Prince George tugged on Kate's hair during a playdate in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 9.

On April 10, William discovered that there is no elegant way to enter a vintage plane during an air show in Blenheim, New Zealand.

Kate narrowly avoided a fashion disaster when the wind swept up her skirt as she and Princes William and George walked off their plane in Wellington on April 7.

Kate tried to figure out how to put on her own harness before competing in a sailing race in Auckland on April 11.

Kate smiled big as she looked up to a group of dancers in Australia on April 16.

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