Prince William, Kate, George head to NZ

Last updated 08:27 20/12/2013
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take their son Prince George on a tour of New Zealand next April, the British press reports.

The royals are expected to spend three and a half weeks in New Zealand and Australia, the Daily Express said, quoting sources from Kensington Palace.

Prince William last visited New Zealand in March 2011, touring earthquake-struck Christchurch.

An estimated 5000 people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the Prince when he toured Sumner.

It would be the Duchess' first official visit to New Zealand, and the first ever official overseas trip for George, who would be around nine months old.

George would be unlikely to be with his parents on most of their public duties, but aides said there would be occasions in both countries where he would be out in front of the cameras, said The Express.
 
The tour would mirror Prince William's first overseas tour at the same age in March and April 1983.
 
On that trip, pictures were taken of Prince William playing with the iconic buzzy bee toy on the lawn of Government House, Auckland.

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