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Prince George steals the show arriving in New Zealand

Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince George off the flight from London to New Zealand Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The family arrive in Wellington on their first day of their visit to Australia and New Zealand Credit: SNPA / David Rowland
Prince George is on his first official Royal visit with his parents! Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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Duke, Duchess and Prince George arrive in Wellington

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Wellington at the start of their three week tour of New Zealand and Australia with their baby Prince George.

Prince George is on his first foreign holiday. Credit: APTN
The three arrived in Wellington, New Zealand today. Credit: APTN
They are at the beginning of a three week tour of New Zealand and Australia. Credit: APTN

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Christmas with the Royal grandparents for Berkshire's Prince

It was a full house at Sandringham as four generations gathered for the festivities on the Norfolk estate.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed as they made the journey to St Mary Magdalene Church on foot holding hands.

But there was no sign of Prince George as temperatures stayed just above freezing.

Wearing a tartan Alexander McQueen coat and a hat by Gina Foster, Kate smiled and waved to the crowds.

As she left the service, she stopped to chat to Cicely Howard, 75, from Great Yarmouth, who asked about the baby.

"She told me he was having a lovely day but was more interested in the wrapping paper than the presents,"

– Ms Howard, Royal watcher

Excitement builds in Bucklebury

The village of Bucklebury in Berkshire is gearing up for the christening of Prince George tomorrow - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son.

The ceremony will take place at St James' Palace and will be attended by close members of the family. The young prince spent the first few weeks of his life in Bucklebury at Kate Middleton's parents' home and customers at the family's local pub will be raising a toast to celebrate the occasion.

John Hayley is the owner of the Old Boot Inn in the village.

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Photographer announced for Prince's christening

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that Jason Bell will be the official photographer at their sons christening tomorrow.

Prince George will have his picture taken at Clarence House following the service in the Chapel Royal.

Jason Bell is a well established portrait photographer and his work has appeared in many of the world's foremost publications.

He has received a number of awards, including The Royal Photographic Society's Terrence Donovan Award for outstanding contribution to photography.

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Royal photographer: George pictures are 'charming'

Getty's royal photographer Chris Jackson told ITV News Michael Middleton's pictures of Prince George were "charming" and a "good all-round effort".

He said: "In the future, I would recommend taking photos in the early morning or late evening when the light is turning to give a softer light to the image but it's a good all-round effort and it's a very charming image."

Read: First official pictures of Prince George released

Read: Prince William says George is 'a bit of a rascal'

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High praise for Michael Middleton's photographs

The Duchess of Cambridge's parents Carole and Michael Middleton leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Michael Middleton follows a long line of photographers to have captured important images of members of the royal family.

Little is known about how much experience the British Airways flight dispatcher-turned-businessman has behind the lens, but as the first official photographs to be taken of the future king, the pictures are sure to have their place in history.

The intimate family portraits were taken in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, earlier this month and for Mr Middleton, they are not only of a future monarch but of his first grandchild.

Martin Keene, head of pictures at the Press Association, said the photographs were impressive. "Any photographer would have been pleased to have taken them," he said.

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