08:36 PM EDT 04/22/2014
Originally posted 04/12/2014 05:00PM
There would be traditional Maori nose rubs, a group playdate, yacht races, kangaroo encounters and too many handshakes to count.
But first, 9-month-old Prince George and his parents had to complete the marathon 27-hour journey from London to Sydney to Wellington, New Zealand, where the young family finally touched down just after noon local time on April 7 to kick off their jam-packed 19-day tour.
Originally posted 04/10/2014 07:00AM
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Originally posted 04/09/2014 11:35AM
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Originally posted 04/09/2014 08:00AM
Why choose to travel 27 hours by plane with a 9-month-old baby?
For Princess Kate, 32, and Prince William, 31, the decision came down to the balance between royal duty and parenthood to their son, Prince George.
The choice to undertake the extensive journey to Australia and New Zealand, where the royal parents touched down with George Monday for a three-week tour, "is entirely their own," William's private secretary, Miguel Head, tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story.
Originally posted 04/08/2014 06:40PM
Soon after their windswept arrival and traditional welcome to New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge escaped with Prince George to a luxury retreat to get over their 27-hour flight.
Originally posted 04/08/2014 11:20AM
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Originally posted 04/07/2014 08:20AM
A curtsy just wouldn't do as Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were given a warm Maori welcome at Wellington's Government House on Monday.
Beginning their three-week tour, the royal couple pressed noses with the New Zealand leaders while they were feted by 35 semi-naked Maoris performing the official welcome – or powhiri. This greeting traditionally determines whether visitors are friends or foes.
After they were driven to Government House from the airport, they were first greeted (hongi, or nose rubs, included) by elders Lewis Moeau and Hiria Hape.
Originally posted 04/06/2014 08:40PM
Originally posted 04/06/2014 05:45PM
Talk about precious cargo!
Originally posted 04/06/2014 01:00PM
Casually meeting other new mums and dads at parenting groups is not something that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been able to do in London.
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