Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge"s puppy love in New Zealand

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, nee Kate Middleton, visited the Royal New Zealand Police College Porirua, near Wellington on Wednesday.

The Duke and wife Catherine met recruits and paid their respects to those officers killed on duty. Onlookers watched as the royal couple visited the wall of remembrance and parade ground that morning after police had previously been seen lining up waiting for their arrival.


The Duchess donned a formal blue ‘Sparkle Tweed’ two-piece blazer and skirt ensemble by New Zealand designer Rebecca Taylor in the rain but was sheltered by large umbrellas. A fan of recycling outfits, she had previously worn the suit in April 2012 at a reception for the Scott Amundsen Centenary Race in London.

Kate donned half of her brunette hair up and curled at the bottom, wearing navy suede Alexander McQueen pumps on her feet.


They were greeted by the Kapahaka group from the police force before viewing demonstrations and meeting specially trained dogs. William and Kate had also laid a wreath for the fallen in a moving waiata after the Maoiri welcome. The duo cuddled the tiny puppies of dog Gucci, relentlessly stroking the adorable pooches until it was time to move on.

On the way Kate accepted a gift of a soft toy dog for Prince George, who was not present on the trip. He was also given a bright blue T-shirt in the style of a police uniform, with checked design detail. They were seen out with a performance of song as they continued on their tour for the day.

It came after William and Kate enjoyed a day off Down Under with their son. The family and their entourage headed straight on to a short walk through the Civic Centre in Wellington City Centre, to round off their trip of the country.

There they will sign the city’s visitors’ books before heading to Wellington Airport to jet off to Australia. The British royals are due to depart from the military terminal on board a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and will be seen with their son for the first time since his playdate a week ago.