Royal tour: Long will it rain

22:58, Apr 09 2014
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Stephanie Stratton, Gina Burney and Jeanette Abelen wait for the royals in Blenheim.
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Jane Learning waits in the rain for the royals in Blenheim,.
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Georgia Richard, aged 10, Claire Bowers aged 5 and Lilah Bowers aged 10 from Springland school wait for the royals in damp Blenheim.
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Dedicated royalists Ashley Hoey, and Jane Leaning from Nelson have been camped out in the front row of the walkabout route since 7am. Leaning has seen the Queen Mother, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. She said she wrote to them often, wishing them well on occasions such as the birth of babies. "They always write back."
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From left, Alex Phelps, 7, Charlotte Thompson, 7, Tilly Phelps, 5, and Jake Thompson were among the crowds waiting for the royals. Charlotte had also drawn a picture for the occasion.
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Five-year-old Gracie Wickens from Blenheim is one of many little princesses waiting at Seymour Square for the royals. Her mum, Deedee Bancroft, said Gracie wouldn't wear her school uniform this morning and went all dressed up.
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Looking lovely in pink is Mackenzie Large, aged 5.
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Jessica Curzon, 5, and her nana, Paila Schreuder, wait for a glimpse of the royal trio.
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The Duchess of Cambridge meets war veterans in Blenheim.
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William and Kate during a wreath laying ceremony in Blenheim.
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William puts on a friendship bracelet given to him by a child.
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A card can be seen on the wreath that Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, laid at the war memorial in Seymour Square in the town of Blenheim.
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William and Kate stand together after laying the wreath.
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a ceremony at the war memorial in Seymour Square.
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Prime Minister John Key, seated, looks on as William and Kate walk past.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, talks with some children after laying a wreath with her husband, Britain's Prince William.
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks with veterans after the ceremony.
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The Duchess of Cambridge talks to people during the public walk in Seymour Square.
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Kate mingles with the crowd.
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Kate holds hands with World War II veteran David Mason.
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The crowd erupts at the sight of the prince and princess.
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Opposition Leader David Cunliffe arrives at the ceremony.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets the gathered crowds in Seymour Square during day four of a Royal Tour to New Zealand.
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The Duke and Duchess arrive at Seymour Square in Blenheim.
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There's always time for a spot of peek-a-boo.
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Catherine reacts as she meets a baby in the crowd after laying a wreath with her husband.
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The crowds wait to see the royals.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Seymour Square Blenheim.
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Catherine reacts as she talks with William, after they met members of the crowd and laid a wreath at the war memorial in Seymour Square.
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Kate waves to a sea of well-wishers.
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The Duke and Duchess being welcomed into the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre by Sir Peter Jackson and chief executive Jane Orphan.
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Sir Peter Jackson shows the Duke and Duchess his Knights of the Sky World War I exhibition at Omaka.
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William and Kate inspect a World War I plane at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with Sir Peter Jackson.
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William discovers it's a bit tight in a World War I plane.
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Kate doesn't seem too enamoured with whatever William is trying to point out.
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Ooh shiny!
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Sir Peter snaps away.
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AWAITED ARRIVAL: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Reception with Governor General Jerry Mateparae and his wife Lady Janine.
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BIG MOMENT: The unveiling of the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen of New Zealand by Nick Cuthell.
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ANTICIPATION: About to reveal the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen of New Zealand by Nick Cuthell.
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WHAT'S SO FUNNY?: The Duchess shares a joke with artist Nick Cuthell and PM John Key at art unveiling at Government House, Wellington.
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ROYAL MOMENT: The Duke and Duchess with the newest painting of the Queen.
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ROYAL RECEPTION: The couple seem to be enjoying themselves at a reception held in their honour.
Royal tour Day Four
PORTRAIT: Catherine stands beside a new portrait of the Queen after she and Prince William unveiled it at Government House.

Here's hoping the Duchess of Cambridge has packed a few spare designer coats in the suitcase - it's looking more likely the remainder of the tour is going to be a royal washout.

"They'll probably think we have loads of rain in this country," MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said.

"It is going to be one of those visits to keep the raincoats and the brollies close to their side for much of the visit."

After three days of cold, cloud and wet weather in Wellington, Prince William and Catherine were probably relieved at the thought of escaping to sunny Blenheim today.

But if they woke up and checked MetService this morning, they were bound to be disappointed.

"It's one of those, 'have a raincoat handy' days for their walkabout, unfortunately," Corbett said.

"It's a little bit better than Wellington because they're not as exposed to the south easterly - they'll get to 18 or 19. But it is a damp day."

Tomorrow the couple head up to Auckland, where they will enjoy a spot of yacht racing - and possibly get a little more damp than they bargained for.

"There's a big lump of rain that comes out of the Hauraki Gulf through the late morning, it's looking like it could be a wettish spell through the day there," Corbett said.

That lump of rain would likely follow them to the Waikato on Saturday, but temperatures in Hamilton and Cambridge will at least be pleasant, at 22 degrees.

Heading down south on Sunday, and the royals might be singing the praises of the covered Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin, with more showers forecast, and a chilly 14 degrees.

There may be some respite as they move across to Queenstown.

"Queenstown might be OK... they get a bit of shelter," Corbett said.

Up to Christchurch on Monday, and it's even more rain forecast.

"Christchurch was looking fine but unfortunately now with this new system there might still be a little bit of moisture. A little bit of cloud, a few spots of drizzle."

And as they walk back up the steps of their RNZAF plane next Wednesday, it is likely their parting gift from Wellington will be the same as when they arrived - a southerly blast, and a scatter of rain.

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AS IT WILL GO ON: The royal family arrive in New Zealand to a blast of Wellington weather.

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