Day one, Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand: Sydney transfer and New Zealand welcome

On April 6th 2014, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the UK on on a scheduled Qantas flight for Australia, to kickstart the first part of the Royal Tour.  According to the Daily Mail, William and Kate booked out the entire First Class cabin.

The family made a quick stop in Sydney Airport for a private transfer flight to New Zealand. Local news crews spotted the pair at the airport.  Kate held on to baby George:

Kate and baby George. Kate wears MaxMara. Screengrab from Sunrise, Via What Kate Wore

Kate and baby George at Sydney airport. Kate wears MaxMara. Screengrab from Sunrise, Via What Kate Wore

Kate wore an item we’re familiar with: her MaxMara blue-grey cross hatch print dress.  We last saw her wear this dress in February last year for her visit at Hope House.  Here’s a reminder of Kate wearing the dress at that event, and a clearer look at the dress:

Kate wore this MaxMara dress while three months pregnant with baby George

Kate wore this MaxMara dress while three months pregnant with baby George

The Duchess has ditched her L.K. Bennett pumps for a new pair of nude shoes, a suede pair with a lower heel than we see her wear usually.  With thanks to Copy-Kate on eBay, we know they’re the “Muse” style by Stuart Weitzman.  Below, we show the shoe in patent leather.  Kate wore them in tan nubuck suede.

Stuart Weitzman Muse in beige

Eagle eyed fans noted that William was carrying Kate’s Longchamp Le Pliage tote to the plane, Susan from What Kate Wore says the bag looked like the shorter-handled style.  We know that Kate owns several different styles of the bag.

Bloomingdales stock the bag in a variety of colours, shapes, sizes and fabrics.  Here’s a reminder of Kate wearing the bag through the 2012 Olympics here in the UK:

Kate Middleton carrying a large Longchamp la pilage bag at the London 2012 Olympics

At approximately 12:00 noon local time, the trio landed in Wellington, New Zealand. The Governor-General noted on Twitter that the Cambridges had a ‘windy Wellington welcome’.

Kate stepped off the plane in New Zealand with William and baby George wearing a stunning red coat by Catherine Walker

Kate stepped off the plane in New Zealand with William and baby George wearing a stunning red coat by Catherine Walker

Kate stepped off the plane wearing a bright pillar-box red coat by Catherine Walker, a designer we saw Kate wear during the 2011 North America tour.

The designer is a favourite in royal circles; Diana, Princess of Wales wore clothing from the label many times too.  From the photo above, it looks like Kate is wearing a matching dress underneath.

Kate finished her outfit off with a new red pillbox hat by Gina Foster, specifically, the ‘Seaford’ style:

Seaford Hat, Gina Foster

Seaford Hat, Gina Foster

She also wore her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings.  For those who aren’t familiar with the Grace earrings, here’s a look from a previous event in 2011:

kate middleton kiki grace earrings

Kiki Mcdonough Grace Earnings

Kate accessorised her red outfit with her coordinating brown suede pumps and clutch bag from Emmy Shoes.

Kate wore pumps and clutch from Emmy Shoes for the New Zealand visit

Kate wore pumps and clutch from Emmy Shoes for the New Zealand visit

Finally, Kate finished off her outfit by wearing a fern-shaped diamond and platinum brooch, a piece borrowed from the Queen.  The fern is New Zealand’s national symbol.  The brooch was given to the Queen during a Commonwealth tour in 1953-1954 and was presented on behalf of the Women of Aukland.  From the Royal Collection website:

This diamond and platinum brooch in the form of a silver fern, an important New Zealand emblem, was a Christmas gift to The Queen from the Women of Auckland during the Commonwealth Tour of 1953-4.

Diamond and platinum brooch in the form of a silver fern.

Here’s a video of the royal trio stepping off the plane:

After landing in Wellington, William, Kate and George accompanied officials to Government House for a ceremonial welcoming party.

Kate and William attend the ceremonial welcome at the Governor's House in New Zeland

Kate and William attend the ceremonial welcome at the Governor’s House in New Zealand. Photography By Woolf/Crown Copyright

The traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony saw a Maori warrior approaching Prince William while carrying a taiaha fighting staff and placing a rakau tapu dart at his feet.  As part of the tradition, William had to pick up the dart as a sign that he has come in peace.

Both William and Kate partook in the traditional Maori ‘hongi’ greeting, which involves rubbing noses with an elder.

"A hongi is a traditional Māori greeting in New Zealand. It is done by pressing one's nose and forehead (at the same time) to another person at an encounter."

“A hongi is a traditional Māori greeting in New Zealand. It is done by pressing one’s nose and forehead (at the same time) to another person at an encounter.” Photography By Woolf/Crown Copyright

Of course, no welcome ceremony in New Zealand would be complete without a Maori haka and an inspection of the guard.

Kate's outfit for New Zealand welcome

Kate Middleton wears the Kiki McDonough Grace

Kiki McDonough Grace Earrings

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