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.
MONDAY APRIL 7:
- Arrive Wellington Airport; Wellington is New Zealand’s capitol
- Proceed to Government House for official welcoming by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife, Lady Janine Mateparae
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