Royals 'pining' to get back to Prince George

02:08, Apr 15 2014
Royal Christening
Britain's Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George pose after the christening service at St James's Palace in London.
Royal Christening
Britain's Prince William, his son Prince George and father Prince Charles pose with Queen Elizabeth after the christening service at St James's Palace in London.
Royal Christening
Britain's Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George pose with Queen Elizabeth and family members after the christening service at St James's Palace in London.
Royal Christening
Britain's Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George poses with Queen Elizabeth and family members after the christening service at St James's Palace in London.

Prince George's doting parents were pining to get back to him after two days away from the eight-month old.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who returned to Wellington last night after touring Dunedin, Queenstown and Christchurch, are spending today making up for lost time with a full day's break from official duties.

''They both said they were looking forward to getting back to Wellington,'' said Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend, who hosted William and Kate for lunch in Christchurch yesterday.

Prince George's Plunket playdate
IT'S MINE! Prince George rocking a fine pair of overalls joins in the meeting and greeting with his mum, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Prince William chats with the crowd at the Plunket event.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Getting down to the serious business of playtime with mum.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Prince George is making Kiwi friends already.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
The gaze of a future king.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Look at those cheeks, you just want to squeeze them don't you?
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Kate's cooing seems to be wasted on the young prince.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
NICE MUMMY: Aw bless, Prince George showing some love for his mother.
Prince George
Prince George plays with toys.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
...Or maybe he was just a little peckish?
Prince George
Prince George looks like he wants mummy.
Prince George
Prince George gets his hands on the goodies.
Prince George Plunket playdate
The duchess picks up a Mary Lou doll, tossed by the little prince.
Prince George and his mum
Getting down. Prince George and his mum, Kate Middleton, get into the groove.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Prince on the move!
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Making new friends means new toys, right G?
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Now that's a stuffed toy. Prince George gets his own Plunket NZ bear.
Prince William, Kate and George
A super cute moment involving a quick cuddle with mum.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
The little prince's Plunket book.

''Queenstown was their first night away. When you have babies around changing time zones, I think George has adjusted to the new time zone just for them to take him away again.''

Townsend spoke to both the duke and duchess at the Wigram Air Force Museum before lunch, and called them ''a delightful couple'' who showed no pretention.

Townsend sat beside the duke at lunch and said the ''easy'' conversation was mostly centred on Christchurch.

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Catherine and Prince George
DOTING PARENTS: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left Christchurch yesterday, keen to be reunited with young Prince George in Wellington.

''[We] stayed away from policy and politics,'' he said. 

''William loves this country and says it quite openly. One of his desires on this trip was to persuade the duchess that New Zealand was a great place, and I think he suceeded in that quest.

"She was certainly effusive in her praise for our country.''

William and Kate told him that highlights of the trip were yachting in Auckland - ''there is a fair bit of rivalry between them'' - and jet boating in Queenstown

The royal couple told him their conversations with families of those killed in the February 2011 quake at the Canterbury Television site in the morning was ''a very moving experience'', Townsend said.

William and Kate depart New Zealand for Sydney tomorrow afternoon, after their final public walk in Wellington's Civic Square.

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