And they’re off! The Cambridges are on their way to Sydney, Australia, Kate wearing separates from Rebecca Taylor.
The Duke and Duchess started their final day in New Zealand with a visit to the to the Royal New Zealand Police College. The Duke and Duchess were introduced to some of the newest ‘recruits,’ German shepherd puppies that will be trained as police dogs.
More from Richard Palmer’s story in the Express:
Kate, 32, seemed especially spellbound as she picked up her puppy and stroked it. She said, “It wants to hide under my jacket. I think it can smell George.”
She asked police commissioner Mike Bush, “What do you feed them?” and, “Can they see yet?”
The couple, who cuddled the puppies lovingly, have made two-year-old Lupo very much part of their family.
Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, visited the College 33 years ago.
Below we see Prince William speaking with a little girl named Iris.
Back to Rebecca’s story:
They later met a little girl with an inoperable brain tumour, Iris Pouau, from Porirua, who had turned seven yesterday.
She wore hundreds of beads representing the number of times shed had surgical procedures and presented Kate with a bouquet of purple irises. She also held a toy dog that police had given her yesterday for her birthday.
Kate: ‘It’s very nice to meet you. How old are you?’ Looking at the toy dog, she added ‘He’s very cute. Have you seen the puppies outside? You’ve been a very, very good girl.’
Another look at the couple holding the puppies.
The Police also had a gift for Prince George. The Daily Mail’s Royal Correspondent, Rebecca English, has more in her story:
The college’s Kapa Haka (Maori cultural) group also gave an impromptu performance of Singing in the Rain – a tribute to the appalling weather – which had the royals couple in stitches. They then segued into a traditional Maori tune with a poi dancer performing.
Shortly before morning tea, Wills and Kate were presented with police one-piece for George that read ‘junior recruit’. Wills said “Fantastic. Brilliant. He’ll love that. Thank you. Will it fit him? He’s grown!’ Kate agreed, adding: ‘He’s grown lots!’
The Duke and Duchess with Police Commissioner Bush and Deputy Commissioner Rickard.
Below we see Kate and William signing the guest book at the College, and a life-sized Plunket bear waited among those gathered to say goodbye to the Duke and Duchess. (Click here to read about Prince George receiving his own bear from the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.)
There were sizable crowds in Wellington’s City Centre hoping to get a glimpse of the royals. Tiffany and Sophia, intrepid WKWers, were among those gathered in the rain; they shared these photos.
Then it was off to the airport for Kate, William and George.
The jacket and skirt are from the “Sparkle Tweed” group, part of the pre-fall 2012/2013 collection, crafted from a heavily textured melange weft. From our original post, “The jacket originally sold at $450, it features frayed trim at the multiple seams, three quarter sleeves, chiffon and sequin floral embellishment at the neck, and a grosgrain covered placket.”
Here is a closer look at the collar embellishment.
Many readers will recall that Ms. Taylor was born in New Zealand; she now lives and shows her collections in New York. (More in this post.)
The Duchess also wore her sapphire/diamond earrings and her navy Prada pumps (which must be soaked). Because we have had inquiries about Kate’s eternity ring, the third band on her finger, I thought it would be a good idea to share a closeup.
Journalist Rebecca Quilliam tweeted a photo showing “the royal wardrobe” being loaded into the cargo area of the Australian Air Force jet taking them to Sydney.
Fortunately the rain stopped briefly as Kate, William and George were at the airport. For those keeping track, Prince George is ‘recycling’ his sweater, it is the same cardigan we saw him sporting when the family arrived in Wellington almost 10 days ago. Obviously it is a case of “like mother, like son” when it comes to re-wearing pieces. (Heh, heh, heh.)
We haven’t yet identified the cardigan, when we do we’ll let you know.
This time Prince William carried George on the tarmac and up the stairs to the aircraft door.
His Royal Highness looked a wee bit sleepy.
We will be back with another post when the family arrives in Sydney, scheduled for 2:30pm local time, that is 12:30am EDT. The crowds are already gathered, as seen in this photo from The Sun’s Emily Andrews.