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Last updated 07:28 03/03/2014
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FAMILY: Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, with their son George.
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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will spend a day in Blenheim during their tour of New Zealand next month.

The royal couple will fly into Blenheim from Wellington on April 10 and will be guests at a wreath laying ceremony attended by veterans from World War II and more recent conflicts.

The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage centre, where they will be escorted by Sir Peter Jackson around his display of World War 1 aircraft. They are scheduled to fly back to Wellington later in the afternoon.

Prince George will be in New Zealand with the royal couple, but it is unclear whether he will come to Blenheim with them.

The itinerary for the visit was announced by Kensington Palace officials early this morning.

The royals will spend nine days in New Zealand as part of a three week tour down-under next month.

With the tour marking Prince George's first official overseas trip there is expected to be huge interest in the visit which will start in New Zealand on April 7 and end in Australia  on Anzac Day.

While eight-month-old George is not expected to accompany the Duke and Duchess on most public outings, aides expect he will make an appearance before the cameras at ''one or two'' events over the course of the three-week tour. 

"The Duke and Duchess are content enough to know that he will be with them in the two countries," an aide said.

The trip will take in parts of the North Island and South Island, and highlights include the Royal couple racing each other in competing America's Cup yachts on the Auckland Harbour and a ride on Queenstown's famous Shotover Jet.

Along with their usual staff, the Royal couple will be bringing a nanny with them on the trip. While in New Zealand, the tour party will be transported on a Royal New Zealand air force plane.

Prince George is about the same age as his father, Prince William, when he travelled to New Zealand with his parents Charles and Diana in 1983. 

The Duchess of Cambridge has not been to New Zealand or Australia before and an aide said it was her first chance to experience some of the  ''extraordinary warmth and hospitality for which the people of both countries are renowned the world over''. 

Prince William was last in New Zealand and Australia in 2011, shortly after the Christchurch earthquakes and natural disasters in Queensland and Victoria.

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The Royal couple's first engagement will be at Government House in Wellington the day of their arrival in New Zealand.

They will be greeted by a powhiri on the lawn and Prince William will inspect a guard of honour before a 21 gun salute is fired.

The following day will be kept free for the family who will spend the time away from the capital at a private residence.

On April 9, they will have a full found of engagements including a function at Government House to recognise Plunket, where Prince George may make an appearance.

The following day the Duke and Duchess will spend in Blenheim before returning to Wellington for a state reception at Government House and unveil a portrait of the Queen.

On April 11, the Duke and Duchess will travel to Whenuapai in Auckland, New Zealand's largest air force base, where they will meet base personnel and their families for an informal gathering.

On April 12 Prince William will visit Pacific Aerospace at Hamilton while Kate, who is a patron of East Anglia's children hospices, will visit a children's hospice in Hamilton. 

The couple will then travel to Cambridge where they will visit the town centre before meeting Olympic cycling medalists at the new national velodrome.

On April 13, the couple will leave George in Wellington while they travel to Dunedin, Queenstown and Christchurch.

In Dunedin they will be met by Ngai Tahu before attending a Palm Sunday service, followed by a "Rippa Rugby" game. In Queenstown they will visit the Amisfield vineyard before riding the Shotover Jet.

On April 14 the couple will visit Christchurch where they will visit the central business district and stop to remember those who were killed during the 2011 earthquake at a brief ceremony.

On their final morning in New Zealand the Royal couple will visit the police college outside Wellington which was opened by the Prince of Wales 30 years ago.

A walkabout in central Wellington may be their final event before they fly out to Australia.  Fairfax NZ

- The Marlborough Express

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