Biggles-worthy pressie for a prince

IAN ALLEN
Last updated 14:47 10/04/2014
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FIT FOR A PRINCE: The helmet gifted to Prince George.

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Prince George remained the focus of attention on the royal tour today as his parents were presented with a special gift for their limelight-stealing toddler.

The young prince didn't even make the trip to Blenheim but ended up the main talking point as people pictured him in his new present - a mini World War I flying helmet.

George's leather and embroidered helmet lined with New Zealand possum fur, was handcrafted for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre today.

Despite being a genuine one-off, replicas are sure to follow if the 8-month-old's dungarees are anything to go by, which have reportedly sold out in parts of Britain after his Plunket play-date yesterday.

The helmet was made by Trevor Lamb, a regular supplier of leather helmets to Omaka, using deep napper before being custom-dyed and finished. The centre's logo is embroidered on one side.

The helmet will be a lasting memento of the royal visit to view Omaka's Knights of the Sky exhibition during this centenary of the Great War.

Lamb operates from his one-man workshop in the small town of Carterton, in Wairarapa. Each helmet is individually made, using personally sourced, quality materials - and fit for a prince.

Omaka trust chairman Brian Greenall presented the gift following a guided tour with Hobbit director Sir Peter Jackson, who owns all of the museum's exhibits.

The royal couple attended a wreath laying ceremony in Blenheim's Seymour Square earlier in the day.

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