Bare-bottomed warrior an eyeful for duchess

20:53, Apr 07 2014
WELCOME LAID BARE: The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with a bare-bottomed Maori warrior.
WELCOME LAID BARE: The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with a bare-bottomed Maori warrior.

A giggling Duchess of Cambridge did not know where to look when speaking with a bare-bottomed Maori warrior but she thought the welcome was "super", according to British media.

Catherine, Prince William and their son, Prince George, arrived in a damp and foggy Wellington yesterday and were greeted with a formal welcome and powhiri at Government House.

Rebecca English at the Daily Mail said the duke and duchess enjoyed the traditional ceremonial welcome, although Catherine had a little trouble with a Maori warrior.

"The giggling Duchess didn't know where to look as she chatted to one heavily tattooed Maori warrior, who was bare-bottomed in his traditional clothing."

The Mirror's Victoria Murphy said the duchess looked slightly startled as three male toa, or warriors, picked up spears and advanced towards the couple uttering war cries.

"But afterwards she spoke to one of the bare bottomed male Maori warriors and told him she thought the traditional greeting was 'super'."

Max Foster at CNN praised young George as being a natural royal.

"He can't even walk yet but Prince George took a momentous step on Monday in what's set to be a lifetime of royal duties.

"When he arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, he was carried off the plane by his ever-glamorous mother and greeted by a long a line of dignitaries, including Prime Minister John Key.

"This was Prince George's first official public engagement and he wasn't in the slightest bit fazed by it, despite the epic journey from London. He was perfectly happy, a natural."

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the reception that William, his wife and son receive over the next three weeks in New Zealand and Australia will say something about the vitality of the British crown and its relevance in 2014.

"Clearly not everyone who turns out to cheer William, Catherine and George will necessarily subscribe to the view that, 50 years or so from now, when George might be expected to succeed to the throne of the United Kingdom, that he should also become king of Australia and king of New Zealand.

"But as ambassadors for the system of hereditary, constitutional monarchy, this trio exert a powerful force."

But there always has to be one moaning Brit and that role was filled by Gordon Rayner at The Telegraph.

He said the weather in the capital led to an underwhelming first day.

"It had been billed as the royal tour of the century, but the New Zealand public gave the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George a lukewarm reception when they arrived in the capital.

"Cold, wet and foggy conditions appeared to have put off the majority of people who might otherwise have turned out to cheer the royal guests.

"Instead only a small number of hardy souls braved the conditions to cheer on the family in Wellington."

The media outnumbered people at the airport and because of how the first day was designed, only die-hard royalists were ever likely to show, he said.

The royal trio have a private day off today to recuperate from their flight, which is probably for the best with rain predicted in the capital for most of the day.