Prince William and Kate Middleton attended a state reception at Government house, Wellington on Thursday evening, where a portrait of the Queen was unveiled.
Prince William made a speech to the warm crowd, even offering a few words in New Zealand’s native language Maori.
“New Zealand is very special to me personally,” said William, adding how “beautiful” the landscape of the country is and how “affectionate” towards the Queen the people are.
His wife the Duchess of Cambridge looked on, dressed in an elegant black dress by one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham.
A lady of details, the knee-length gown featured silver beading in the shape of a fearn to represent New Zealand’s national emblem.
Once William had concluded his speech, the portrait of the Queen was unveiled, showing the monarch in a royal blue dress with her trademark pearl necklace and a silver fearn brooch.
The reception was the royal couple’s third engagement of the day on the royal tour. Earlier in the day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a short fifteen-minute flight to Blenheim, where delighted crowds awaited them for a wreath-laying ceremony at the town’s war memorial to commemorate the victims of the First World War and other conflicts.
The next stop on their itinerary was the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre nearby, where they were scheduled to view an aircraft exhibition and flight display. The lucky royals were greeted by the Lord of the Rings director himself who had the honour of showing their Royal Highnesses around.
Prince George, who made his first ever appearance at a public engagement on Wednesday at a special playgroup attended by other babies born within weeks of his own birthday on 22 July, stayed at home while his parents attended their first joint acts of the tour.