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First public play date a success for Prince George

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George visit Plunket Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Prince George showed he is growing up fast when he joined a baby playgroup for the first time - and went on a crawl-about.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son was described as a "bubbly" and "feisty" eight-month-old who is advanced for his age by the other impressed parents.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George. Credit: REUTERS/Marty Melville/Pool

George was boisterous and lively, waving his arms and kicking his legs in excitement when he spotted the other babies - all a similar age to the Prince - with their toys.

Prince George is held during a Plunket playgroup session. Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AAP/Press Association Images

When Kate chatted to the other parents she revealed her son is sleeping well and has moved on to solid food while William said the best way to get over jet-lag was to sleep and distract his son.

Prince George plays with toys on the floor of the playgroup. Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AAP/Press Association Images

In the plush surroundings of Wellington's Government House - the official home of the Governor General - William and Kate chatted informally with the parents of 10 babies including a pair of gay fathers and a single mum

Prince George meets a blue bear. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Prince George eats his mums hair. Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AAP/PA

A father of another baby said:

George is bubbly, quite feisty and he took control. He crawled to the centre of the room and he owned the place.

He honed in on certain toys and took the ones that he wanted. No-one was going to stand in his way.

– Mr Grant Collinge
The Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George during a Plunket nurse and parents group visit. Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AAP/Press Association Images
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George visit Plunket. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

All of the children were from local families and chosen by the organisation, which provides health care and support to new parents, known in New Zealand simply as Plunket.

Prince George pulls at the hair of his mother. Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AAP/Press Association Images
Prince George plays with the toys during a Plunket nurse and parents group. Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AAP/PA

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