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Prince George's First Royal Tour Begins!

Apr 7 2014 - 5:26am

Kate Middleton made a grand entrance [1] in New Zealand on Monday, stepping off a New Zealand Airforce Plane at the Wellington Military Terminal in a bright red Catherine Walker coat and Gina Foster hat with adorable Prince George [2] in her arms. George wore an ivory ensemble for the big moment, which happened just hours after the family transferred aircraft during a stop in Sydney, Australia earlier this morning. During the pitstop, Prince William held their belongings — including George's cute Save the Koala bag! Covered up in a dark blue knitted sweater and pants, George matched his dad, who suited up for the big occasion. Meanwhile, Kate donned a patterned dress and beige heels. Prior to landing in Sydney, the family traveled first class on a 25-hour commercial Quantas Airways flight from London accompanied by their staff, including George's nanny.

Today marks the beginning of George's first royal tour [3]. After their welcoming ceremony in New Zealand on Monday, the family will rest before their first outing [4] on Wednesday. They'll return to Australia on April 16, where they will embark on the second part of their three-week tour. In total, the royals will be seen at 45 events in 13 towns and cities, providing plenty of opportunities for the public to see 8-month-old George. Just last weekend, anticipation for the trip reached a fever pitch when the royals released an official portrait of George [5], showing him with his parents as they sat near a windowsill in their Kensington Palace apartment. As you await more adorable moments in the coming weeks, check out the George photo ops we're hoping for [6], inspired by William's first royal trip Down Under as a baby, and get all the details about their packed schedule [7]!

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