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Duke, Duchess and Prince George arrive Down Under for tour of New Zealand

Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in New Zealand for the start of their tour Down Under.

Kate and William stepped from their Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) jet with their baby after landing in the capital Wellington.

The eight month old prince travelled with his parents on a scheduled Qantas flight from Heathrow Airport, via Dubai, to Sidney where they transferred to the military plane.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive with Prince George. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The baby prince faced the world's media for only the second time in his short life - when he was a day old William and Kate proudly showed off their son outside the London hospital where he was born

The airport at Wellington was shrouded in mist and drizzly rain and the royal couple's arrival was delayed by 20 minutes after they left later then planned from Sydney.

Kate was dressed in a scarlet coat by designer Catherine Walker and a matching hat by Gina Foster and in honour of her hosts she wore a silver fern-shaped brooch, a symbol of New Zealand.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive with Prince George at Wellington Military Terminal Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The diamond and platinum piece was loaned to Kate by the Queen and was a Christmas gift from the women of Auckland to the monarch during her 1953-54 Commonwealth tour.

The blustery wind on the tarmac threatened to whip up Kate's coat but the gusts dropped a little as the Duchess and Duke made their way down the steps.

At the bottom waiting to greet the William, who wore a suit, and his wife was John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown and other dignitaries.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive with Prince George at Wellington Military Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Kate carried her son in her left arm and he kicked his legs and looked around at the huge plane behind him. George wore a cream cardigan, white shorts and tiny matching shoes.

The royal couple were pictured during their short stopover at Sidney walking through a terminal building and across the tarmac as the boarded the RNZAF jet.

Duchess of Cambridge arrive with Prince George. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The images showed Kate wearing a Maxmara outfit and William, who wore a suit, was clutching what might be George's first present of the trip, a kangaroo back pack.

It costs 12.50 Australian dollars (£7) and can be bought from the website of the Australian Koala Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the conservation of the iconic marsupials.

It had soon sold out from the website and is likely to become a collector's item among royal fans.

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