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Will and Kate's Visit to Australia and New Zealand Has Echoes of Diana

Apr 22 2014 - 7:08am

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently down under as part of their royal tour of Australia and New Zealand [1] with Prince George. From the moment Kate stepped off the plane in New Zealand [2], the press has been noting similarities between her and Princess Diana. The echoes of Diana are sure to keep coming as the trip itself is similar to one that Diana, Prince Charles, and Prince William took when William was the same age as George in 1983. Of course, Diana isn't the only royal that Kate will emulate on her tour, and we've already seen a big nod that she gave her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II. Keep reading to see the royal similarities.

Princess Diana's Hongi

During Princess Diana's first official visit to New Zealand in April 1983, she greeted Maori women with the traditional hongi nose rub.

The Duchess of Cambridge's Hongi

When Kate landed in New Zealand on Monday, she greeted Maori leaders with a hongi.

Princess Diana's Red-and-Black Outfit

When Princess Diana visited Leicester with Prince Charles in 1984, she wore a red coat, matching hat, and black heels with a coordinating black clutch. At the time, Diana was pregnant with Prince Harry.

Kate's Red-and-Black Look

Many royal observers have noted that Kate's New Zealand airport outfit is reminiscent of Diana's Leicester ensemble. Even the designer of Kate's coat — Catherine Walker — drew comparisons to Di, as it was the late princess's favorite designer.

Prince William's Airport Photo-Op

When Diana, Charles, and baby Prince William launched their New Zealand-Australia tour, they stopped for a photo-op with the gathered press in Australia before moving on to their royal duties. (Unlike Kate and Will, Diana and Charles started their tour in Oz before moving on to New Zealand.)

Prince George's Airport Photo-Op

When the Cambridges landed in New Zealand, Will and Kate did not pause to take photos, but, unlike Diana, Kate carried George when she disembarked the plane, making for a picture-perfect moment.

The Queen's New Zealand Pin

The queen was gifted a platinum and diamond fern brooch — meant to represent New Zealand's national symbol — in 1953 during her first royal tour as queen. She now wears the pin to any New Zealand-related functions.

Kate's New Zealand Pin

The Queen loaned Kate her pin for the duchess's first visit to New Zealand. Kate has been wearing more and more royal jewels on her official engagements, as the queen reportedly wants to start grooming her for her future role as the princess of Wales.

Diana and Charles Visit Ayers Rock

In March 1983, Diana and Charles made a stop by Ayers Rock in Australia for a photo-op.

Kate and William Visit Ayers Rock

Kate and William also made a point of stopping by Ayers Rock during their visit, standing in a similar position as Charles and Diana for their photo-op. The couples were also dressed similarly in casual clothes.

Diana's Lifeguard Meeting

In 1988, Diana met with a team of lifeguards after they won the surf carnival at Terrigal Beach in Sydney.

Kate's Lifeguard Meeting

Kate met with a group of much younger lifeguards when she and William stopped by Manly Beach near Sydney to watch a lifeguard training exercise.

Charles and Diana Introduce William

In April 1983, Diana and Charles hosted a photo-op for William during his first royal tour in the gardens of Government House in Auckland, New Zealand.

Will and Kate Introduce George

Will and Kate eschewed a formal, posed photo-op for a more relaxed setting for George's first royal engagement. Instead, they hosted a group of new parents at Government House for a playdate.


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