Kate Middleton and William at a State Dinner in New Zealand

Will and Kate Bring a Little Bit of the Queen to New Zealand

Will and Kate Bring a Little Bit of the Queen to New Zealand

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued with their royal duties in New Zealand on Thursday when they unveiled a new portrait of William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at Government House in Wellington at their first State Dinner of their tour. Kate Middleton kept with her new, more conservative look in a black Jenny Packham dress which was custom made for her to include a silver fern leaf, which is New Zealand's national emblem. The leaf symbol was echoed in the queen's portrait, as it showed her wearing her special New Zealand brooch, which she had loaned to Kate for her tour and that the duchess wore when she first arrived in the country on Monday. (The queen typically wears the pin, which was gifted to her on her first royal tour as queen back in 1953, to all New Zealand-related functions.)

Kate and Will were back in the capital city after taking a short day trip to Blenheim to remember World War I. The couple met with famed Kiwi director Peter Jackson, who filmed the couple as Will explored a vintage plane and Kate joked and laughed while holding an umbrella. Prince George stayed with his nanny for both events, but he did get a good dose of excitement on Wednesday when he held his first royal engagement — a group playdate with local children — at Government House.

Next up, the duke and duchess will travel to Auckland on Friday to meet with service personnel and their families and, later, race against each other on two yacht teams to honor New Zealand's America's Cup achievements. Kate, who is an avid sailor, will probably be keen to avenge her loss to Will during a similar boat race challenge when they visited Canada several years ago.

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