Mar 022014
 

A quick update before we get to the day’s post: Kate and William spent a portion of last night out with friends at a Battersea bar, helping to celebrate the birthday of a good friend. I am not licensed to use the photos, but you can see them in the Daily Mail’s story. That’s a long way of getting to the point, Kate was wearing her Odele coat by Temperley London, carried her Mulberry clutch. It appears that Kate might have been wearing her New Dry booties, only available in the UK at Russell and Bromley. Others believe Kate might have worn her Episode ‘Angel’ suede shoes.

On to our primary purpose today, the plans for April’s Royal Tour of New Zealand and Australia. A couple of notes:

  • This is merely the itinerary as provided by Kensington Palace; the bulk of today’s post is comprised of the bare bones information from the day by day schedule. Because the post is already quite lengthy we will save background about specific venues and events for our next post(s). That also applies to our ongoing series of reports focused on Australian and New Zealand designers the Duchess might conceivably wear in April, we will return to that topic in another post as well.
  • Our only other item today: an insider’s perspective on the upcoming Tour, insight from someone who has been photographing members of the British Royal Family on tour since 1991; we’ll get to that potion of the post after you have seen the schedule.

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 MONDAY APRIL 7:

TUESDAY, APRIL 8:

  • Recovery day for everyone, hopefully catching up after the 25-hour flight from London.  William, Kate and George will spend this time at a private residence away from the city.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9:

  • Return to Wellington to begin stay at Government House
  • Attend engagement with the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, a group more commonly known simply as “Plunket” in New Zealand. Dedicated to supporting healthy families, the organization offers health care and assistance to new mothers, fathers and their babies. There will be a group of new mums and babies at the event and there is a possibility Prince George might also attend.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10:

  • Travel from Wellington (which is on New Zealand’s North Island), to Blenheim, located on the South Island
  • Attend wreath laying ceremony in Blenheim, where Kate and William will also spend time with some of the WWII veterans at the event, along with those serving in more recent conflicts
  • The next event is at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center, a short distance from the memorial
    • tour Knights of the Sky exhibit, which showcases Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of WWI aircraft and artifacts; many may better know Mr. Jackson as the man behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy and its prequel, The Hobbit Trilogy
    • weather permitting there may also be a display of classic aircraft
  • Return to Wellington, meet with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition 
  • Attend State Reception at Government House hosted by Governor General

FRIDAY, APRIL 11:

  • William and Kate fly to Auckland, New Zealand
  • Visit the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) base in Whenuapai, informal meet and greet with base personnel and their families
  • Travel into the city centre, arriving at headquarters of Emirates Team New Zealand, participants (and winners) of many America’s Cup racing meets
    • Kate & William are taken to two separate boats for some informal races (what may be referred to in the US as ‘sprints’) against each other, reminiscent of the couple competing against each other in a Dragon Boat race during 2011′s North American Tour
    • Return to shore
  • Go back into the Harbour aboard a Sealegs, an ingenious amphibious vehicle that was invented in New Zealand
  • Return to Air Force base, return to Wellington

SATURDAY, APRIL 12:

  • Kate and William begin the day with separate engagements in the town of Hamilton. Hamilton is located in the country’s Waikato region, on the North Island.
    • The Duke spends time at Pacific Aerospace, visiting the company’s factory
    • Kate will spend her time at Rainbow Place, a children’s hospice. She will meet children taking part in art therapy, as well as volunteers, nurses and family members.
  • After reconnecting, the couple journeys to Cambridge, a town located in the center of New Zealand’s agricultural heartland
    • The first stop will be at the Cambridge Memorial where they will pay their respects
    • The Duke and Duchess will be able to enjoy the town’s central district
    • Travel to New Zealand’s brand new velodrome, William and Kate officially open the facility, known as the Avantidrome, meet some of New Zealand’s Olympic medalists, watch races and see a BMX exhibit

SUNDAY, APRIL 13:

  • The Duke and Duchess leave Wellington (George remains in Wellington) and travel to the South Island
  • Arrive in Dunedin, welcomed by representatives of Ngai Tahu, the primary Māori Iwi, or tribe, of the South Island
  • Attend Palm Sunday services at the Cathedral Church of St Paul
  • Head to Dunedin’s renowned rugby arena, Forsyth Barr Stadium, watch a festival of “Rippa Rugby,” a contact-free game for children
    • William and Kate will each coach a team as they face off against each other
  • Fly to Queenstown, visit the Amisfield Vineyard for samples of the area’s wine, a rapidly growing business endeavor in the region
    • Move on to the Shotover River for a whitewater rafting trip aboard a Shotover Jet, akin to what we call ‘jet boats’ here in the US.  They will travel down the river at 50+ miles an hour, joined by young people employed in the local tourism industry
    • Spend the night at a local Queenstown hotel

MONDAY APRIL 14:

  • Leave Queenstown and travel to Christchurch, enjoying a formal welcome by Ngai Tahu in the community’s city centre
    • A bit of background: this is the area hardest hit by the devastating earthquake in February of 2011, and where Prince William visited just days after the earthquake
    • William and Kate will see some of the progress and rebuilding that has taken place since 2011, they will also take part in a brief ceremony remembering those killed in the earthquake
    • Take part in a more upbeat event commemorating the Cricket World Cup coming to Christchurch in 2015, less than a year from now. (2011 Rugby World Cup matches were to played in Christchurch, but they were moved away because of the earthquake damage
    • Travel to Wigram Air Force Museum, one of the area’s most popular attractions, where the Duke and Duchess will look at plans and schematics showing progress made thus far in rebuilding the city centre, as well as future plans for restoration.
    • There will also be a business lunch staged at the Museum, hosted by the Christchurch Chamber of Commerce
    • As they leave the Museum the couple will see the Memorial Wall, dedicated to those Royal Air Force members who died in service to their country

TUESDAY, APRIL 15: William, Kate, George enjoy a private day

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16:

  • Visit the Royal New Zealand Police College, located on the outskirts of Wellington, a facility officially opened by William’s father, the Prince of Wales, thirty years ago.
    • The couple will officially acknowledge the 29 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty
    • This will be followed by a Mihi and Karakia, a traditional Māori greeting and prayer, the police kapa haka group
    • Watch police recruits in training, and also see a police canine team in action
  • Return to Wellington, with a stop in the city centre to sign the official Visitor’s Book, with the possibility of a walkabout
  • Depart Wellington for 3-hour flight to Sydney, Australia
  • Arrive in Sydney, New South Wales, early in the afternoon
  • Travel to Sydney’s famed Opera House for a reception given by the Governor and Premier of New South Wales; William makes a short speech at this venue. Next, a trip across the Harbour to Admiralty House, where William, Kate and George will be staying during a portion of their visit.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17:

  • The Duke and Duchess travel to the Blue Mountains located west of Sydney
    • The couple will spend time with some of the families impacted by the bushfires that swept through the region last October, causing significant damage and also negatively affecting the area’s tourism industry
    • Attend an as-yet unspecified event with residents and community groups

FRIDAY, APRIL 18:

  • Attend the Royal Easter Show, an enormous annual event, held at Sydney’s Olympic Park. In addition to being a huge social gathering in New South Wales, the Show celebrates agriculture, rural art, and much more.
  • The next event is in Manly, a suburb of Sydney. Kate and William will visit Bear Cottage, a children’s hospice
  • The schedule then calls for a visit to the world famous Manly Beach, the attraction prompting Manly’s nickname of “Surf City”. William & Kate will watch a display of life-saving skills and honor the life-saving volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to keeping swimmers safe

SATURDAY, APRIL 19:

  • Travel to Queensland, with the first stop at the Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley, located about an hour from Berisbane. This is the RAAF’s largest operational base, employing about 5000 people.
    • There will be an inspection of the Guard, then viewing of some aircraft and their crews.
    • William and Kate will also go to the Amberley Memorial Garden, where they will plant a tree
    • The tree-planting ceremony is followed by a reception with those on active duty with the Air force, along with veterans and their families.
    • Travel to Brisbane where the first event is a reception hosted by Queensland’s Governor and Premier. The focus of the reception is young people, and the function is being held right in the city centere, there is an expectation William and Kate will be meeting some of Brisbane’s citizens and visitors

SUNDAY, APRIL 20:

  • The Duke and Duchess start their day with Easter Sunday services at St. Andrews Cathedral in Sydney, the oldest cathedral in Australia
  • The couple will sign the ‘First Fleet Bible,‘ the bible used in Australia’s first Christian service in 1788
  • Next on the agenda, the Taronga Zoo, located on the shores of Sydney harbour.
    • Their first stop at the Zoo is a Bilby enclosure that will actually be named after Prince George as part of the Prime Minister’s gift on the occasion of his birth. It is possible Prince George may also enjoy this portion of the day, he may join his parents at the zoo.
    • There is more of the zoo to see, including the famed Taronga giraffes, tree kangaroos, and other creatures indigenous to this part of the world
  • Travel to Australia’s capital, Canberra, staying at Government House

MONDAY, APRIL 21:

  • Easter Monday is a public holiday in Australia; William, Kate and George will enjoy the day privately

TUESDAY, APRIL 22:

  • Depart for Uluru, the Aboriginal name for Ayer’s Rock, a huge sandstone rock formation located inside Kata Tjuta National Park.  Ayer’s Rock is the world’s largest monolith, as well as an Aboriginal sacred site
  • Upon arrival at Yulara, a town located near the Rock, the duo will head to the National Indigenous Training Academy,
  • Also to the Uluru Cultural Centre
  • A “Welcome to Country” ceremony by members of local indigenous communities; Kate and William will also see an indigenous art display, followed by tea hosted by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
  • The Duke and Duchess then head to the Uluru, given tips and direction by a local guide

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23:

  • Fly to Adelaide in South Australia, more specifically to the suburb of Elizabeth, named after HM
  • Visit the Northern Sound System, a youth-driven community music centre, where the Duke and Duchess will watch a skateboarding demonstration
  • Head to the Playford Civic Centre for a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia

THURSDAY, APRIL 24:

  • The day’s agenda begins with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery
  • The group then moves to Parliament House for a reception hosted by the Prime Minister,in the historic building’s Great Hall, Prince William will make a speech here
  • Next, the pair travel to Australia’s National Arboretum, recently opened
    • William and Kate will help plant a tree, and also spend time with some youngsters and their parents
  • Return to Government House for a reception in honor of the Duke and Duchess, hosted by the Governor General, Her Excellency, the Honourable Quentin Bryce and her husband, Mr. Michael Bryce.
    • NOTE: Ms. Bryce is to be replaced by a new Governor General, Peter Cosgrove, at some point in March. That means Mr. Cosgrove (and presumably his wife, Lynne) will be hosting the reception.)

FRIDAY, APRIL 25:

  • Another bit of background: this is ANZAC day in Australia and New Zealand, a national day of remembrance for all Australian and New Zealand military who lost their lives in wars, armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The initials stand for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the date initially honored those who fought at Gallipoli in World War I, also called the Great War
  • Kate and William take part in the March and Commemorative Service at the Australian War Memorial
  • Following the service the Duke and Duchess head to Defence Establishment Fairbairn and depart Canberra for the trip home to London

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As noted above, we are able to share insight from a gentleman who knows quite a bit about royal tours, award-winning photographer Mark Stewart. He was kind enough to answer a few questions, helping to some insight and perspective on the plans for this tour. Mark has a unique perspective, having photographed Royal Tours since 1991, including the two previous tours undertaken by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  Following are his answers to a few of the questions I asked him, we will have the majority of his interview in an upcoming post.

Q: How does this tour differ from others, particularly William and Kate’s North American Tour in 2011 and their Jubilee Tour in 2012?

A: The biggest distinction is the presence of Prince George because that creates an entirely new dynamic. This is the first time the Duke and Duchess will really be sharing Prince George publicly, really with the entire world. We really haven’t seen much of Prince George since last July, with the exception of the family photo taken by Michael Middleton, and then the christening, so there is quite a fascination with the Prince.

This is the first time we will see him as a group of photographers as well, as a group of media. It’s interesting in a way, people in Britain will be seeing more of him from halfway across the world than they have until this point. There is huge interest in him, the tour is already being called the ‘George tour’ amongst the press pack. I expect it will be quite something to see.

Q: I’m sure each Tour has its own personality, moments that you remember, venues or situations that were striking. What was one of your favorite parts of the North American tour ?

A: Seeing the Duke and Duchess competing against each other in the dragon boat races on Prince Edward Island. The weather made photographing things challenging because it was raining and we were all wet, the cameras and equipment were getting wet, it was really not ideal circumstances for taking photographs. But it was great fun as well, you could tell that the Duke and Duchess were really enjoying themselves. The situation created some very natural images, with one of the first public displays of affection between the couple. It was a moment that signalled a new generation of young, modern, royals.

This is one of Mark’s photographs from that event, taken immediately after the boat race.

©Mark Stewart

©Mark Stewart

 

 

  25 Responses to “New Zealand & Australia Plans in Detail: Everything You Need to Know About The Royal Tour”

  1. What a lovely couple!

  2. Hi, love the blog and all the detail you manage to find. One minor correction though as an Aussie and regular attendee of the Sydney Royal Easter Show – it’s about much much more than rural art. It’s an exhibition of all the amazing agricultural products that Australia produces, from cattle to wool, wine and vegetables. It’s also a huge social gathering when people from all over New South Wales get together each year and an opportunity for city kids to learn where their food comes from. I’ll be there amongst the crowd hoping to spot a glimpse of the royals!

    • Hello Bec, and thanks for your commment, I really appreciate it! The post has been updated to reflect a more accurate view of the event. I hope you have a *wonderful* time if you go, don’t be shy in telling us about it via Facebook or Twitter or email! :)

  3. I don’t believe the coat on the night out was Odele by Temperley, I believe it is the Via Spiga coat. I know because I just bought it!

  4. What do you think: Will Kate wear Princess Diana’s dress in the future?

    Pol/Janina

    • I do not believe we will see Kate wear any clothing that belonged to Diana. I expect we will see her in some of her other pieces of jewelry as time goes on, especially after she becomes Princess of Wales.

  5. I a m super excited about this tour. Do you think we will see any tiaras?

    • That’s unlikely, and that’s optimistic. There are no formal dinners scheduled, no black tie or white tie events, only receptions. :)

  6. My birthday occurs in the early days of April… I’m viewing this tour as a personal gift from Wills and Kate to me. :) I can barely endure the anticipation, and again I am so grateful that we have Susan’s informative and well-written posts to look forward to as well.

    (Might I just add that as exhausting as the schedule for the royals is, the way Susan manages to churn out a high quality post for each day requires a similar amount of stamina? Thank you!)

  7. I think this tour will be interesting for us but very hard for the Duke and the Duchess.. especially for little George..
    I can’t wait to see this great event!!

  8. If I might add, I believe somewhere between the 23rd and 24th it must be implied that they return to the capital, as the locations are all in Canberra (not South Australia), and that it where it says they depart from to return to the UK. Just want to make sure Canberra gets the shout out it deserves!

  9. EXHAUSTING!!! I’m hoping these events are not back-to-back like they read on paper. I hope there are hours between each event so that the Duke and Duchess have time to rest, have a nice meal or tea and just put their feet up and play with George.

    I’m looking forward to the tour and seeing George and what he wears. I love the way the British upper classes dress their children. I know Kate will look amazing and appropriate in whatever she wears and I’m equally sure she is prepared to be judged and criticized constantly. William will wear his usual navy suit, bless his heart. He’s not the fashion plate his Daddy is.

    • I was happy to see Kate had George in a onesy (spelling?) in the Mustiqe vacation pictures. I always thought that Diana dressed William and Harry very girlie. The one piece items she put on them just had the look of something a little girl would wear and then as they grew a little, the black shoes with the strap across were definitely something little girls in the U.S. would wear. We call them Mary Janes here. I’ve been told, however, that in England boys wear them as well.

      • They do. Short trousers and strapped shoes of one sort or another are standard wear for little boys of a certain age and social class in the UK. The shoes are more often brown in my experience, so they don’t look that much like Mary Janes (which I always think of as black). This picture of Princes William and Harry in their Ludgrove school uniforms and shoes depicts the classic look:

        http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/gallery/201212038384/prince-william-childhood/15/

      • A onesie is super convenient for traveling, especially when a baby might be sleeping. I’m sure George is big enough to wear little trousers and jumpers, but when he’s on an airplane, it’s much easier to put him down and not worry about him getting tangled up in clothes.

        As for how the British dress their children, yes, Mary Janes are very typical for boys, as are knee socks. I cannot wait until George is big enough for his own toggle coat. He’s going to be one adorable toddler.

  10. This looks like a very tiring itinerary. The positive is that most of the events aren’t very formal, there seems to be a fair number of some that will surely be sheer fun, and there’s room for bringing along baby here and there.

    Still, this is an important tour, in two countries of great importance to the Commonwealth, and while Prince William is used to them, his wife isn’t. She’ll be nervous, I imagine, about the impression she makes. She needs to strike a balance between relaxed informality and regal presence, and her wardrobe will be under minute and constant scrutiny. I look forward to seeing her choices.

  11. It is a busy schedule indeed!
    I look forward seeing the duchess in interesting clothes and hopefully be able to purchase at least one of them, through Susan’s posts!

    About the night outing: does it seem that she has had a haircut? Her hair seems shorter. I hope so as it looks better a bit shorter, as many have noted.

    This coat must be one of the very few, if not the only one, item of clothing she has worn whist being married, that I don’t care much for. I don’t quite know why, maybe because it seems more edgy and it’s not what I’m used to seeing on her or what I choose to wear. She is obviously quite fond of it as she wears it often. Maybe it’s one of these items that I would change my mind if I were it see it in the flesh or maybe not.

    Can’t wait for next month!

    • I’d agree with you about that coat, I’ve found it decidedly strange one earlier outings. Mysteriously, seen in these grainy, badly-lit shots, it looks ok for the first time to me!

      I’m not so sure about the ID on her footwear, peering into the gloom once again, I can’t help wondering if she isn’t wearing something more like the Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps.

      • I was thinking the same thing about the shoes: they don’t seem to be wedges, but rather pumps. But then the photos don’t help very much with making clear ids.

  12. thanks im excited for the tour.

  13. Looks like they’re going to be busy!

  14. I’m hoping to be there in the crowd waving madly at all of the Wellington, NZ, appearances. I’m not sure my husband’s patience will stretch to me stalking them around the country unfortunately. Very excited indeed. Government House in Wellington where they will be staying is just 5 minute’s drive from my house. Rather surreal.

  15. That is an exhausting 18 day tour, with only two days off in-between to briefly rest and recharge!

    While the people will be thrilled to see so much of the Royal Couple, and they are enormously kind to be working so unbelievably hard, I worry that they are setting the bar too high for themselves in terms of the number of engagements.
    It is a brutal non-stop workload.

    This means if on future tours they do less – even while doing a lot – they may be criticized in comparison, which would be unfair.

    The fact is that they aren’t even giving themselves the standard 2 days off after 5 days of work, that most working people are legally entitled to, also comes into play.

    I think the The Duke & Duchess are wonderful in how they represent the Monarchy.
    Classy, dignified, glamorous and regal without being pretentious.
    I just think that it is wiser to pace yourself when this is just the first of many tours they will be undertaking in the decades to come.

    It will be lovely to get a glimpse of baby George, who is probably speedily crawling all over the place by now – and maybe even starting to try to stand up:)

    And I admit to being eager to see all of Duchess Kate’s new outfits! Please wear all new things!

    • I’m putting my bets on the royal couple being very well looked after on their hectic schedule and showing as few signs of flagging as they did in Canada! I’d be the first to agree, however, that all that smiling, hand shaking and polite conversation would drain the energy of any lesser mortals.

  16. Ooohh can’t wait to read more of the interview! Their schedule is jam packed…..and I’m gonna need live feed to all of it! He he he. Can’t wait! Great post Susan!

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