Prince George Sets Off on First Official Tour

He arrives in New Zealand with Prince William, Kate

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 7, 2014 6:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Prince William and wife Kate arrived in New Zealand at the beginning of a three-week tour today, and they brought Prince George along—it's the eight-month-old's first official tour, the BBC reports, and just the second time he's faced the media. The royal family's first stop: Government House, the governor general's official residence. There they were met by Maori warriors and received a traditional Maori welcome (a nose-press called a "hongi") from Maori elders. They were also greeted by an honor guard and a 21-gun salute, and children from local schools, the Telegraph reports. They won't, however, be meeting with the Maori king.

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, David Rowland)
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, David Rowland)
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key watches as Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key watches as Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, in...   (AP Photo/SNPA, David Rowland)
Britain's Prince William takes a Royal Salute watched by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and the Governor General of New Zealand Sir Jerry Mateparae, at the official welcome at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William takes a Royal Salute watched by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and the Governor General of New Zealand Sir Jerry Mateparae, at the official welcome at Government House, in Wellington,...   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, walk with the Governor General of New Zealand Sir Jerry Mateparae, left, and his wife Lady Janine at the official welcome at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, walk with the Governor General of New Zealand Sir Jerry Mateparae, left, and his wife Lady Janine at the official welcome at Government...   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Prince William reviews an honor guard at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William reviews an honor guard at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, interacts with school children at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, interacts with school children at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Prince William chats with school children at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William chats with school children at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge smiles while chatting with school children at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge smiles while chatting with school children at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Prince William reviews the New Zealand Air Force Band at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William reviews the New Zealand Air Force Band at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge smiles after receiving a bouquet of flowers from school children at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge smiles after receiving a bouquet of flowers from school children at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April...   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Prince William, right, stands with New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William, right, stands with New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae at the official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Prince William, left, receives a hongi, a traditional Maori welcome,  from Maori Elder Lewis Moeau, at the official welcome ceremony for William and his wife Kate, at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William, left, receives a hongi, a traditional Maori welcome, from Maori Elder Lewis Moeau, at the official welcome ceremony for William and his wife Kate, at Government House, in Wellington,...   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Prince William, left, receives a hongi, a traditional Maori welcome, from Maori Elder Hiria Hape, at the official welcome ceremony for William and his wife Kate, at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William, left, receives a hongi, a traditional Maori welcome, from Maori Elder Hiria Hape, at the official welcome ceremony for William and his wife Kate, at Government House, in Wellington,...   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, receives a hongi, a traditional Maori welcome, from Maori Elder Hiria Hape, at the official welcome ceremony for Kate and her husband Prince William, at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, receives a hongi, a traditional Maori welcome, from Maori Elder Hiria Hape, at the official welcome ceremony for Kate and her husband Prince William, at...   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Prince Willam, left, with Maori Elder Lewis Moeau picks up a challenge made by a Maori warrior, at the official welcome ceremony for William and his wife Kate, at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince Willam, left, with Maori Elder Lewis Moeau picks up a challenge made by a Maori warrior, at the official welcome ceremony for William and his wife Kate, at Government House, in Wellington,...   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge receive a Maori powhiri at their official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge receive a Maori powhiri at their official welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge receive a powhiri (Maori welcome) at their official welcome at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge receive a powhiri (Maori welcome) at their official welcome at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, chats with a Maori warrior at the official welcome for her and her husband Prince William, at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, chats with a Maori warrior at the official welcome for her and her husband Prince William, at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
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