Prince George joins William, Kate Middleton at babies' playgroup

Published Wednesday, Apr 9 2014, 08:00 BST  |  By  |  1 comment
Prince George had his first-ever official public engagement earlier today, meeting a handful of fellow babies at a playgroup in New Zealand.

Watched by his parents, Prince William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, adorable eight-month-old George looked like he was having a fantastic time as he crawled around and explored the toys on offer at Government House in Wellington.

Prince George attends an event for Plunket nurses and parents with their young children at Government House, Wellington
9 Apr 2014

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Today's event marked William, Kate and George's first public engagement on their official tour of New Zealand and Australia, which kicked off earlier this week.

The royal couple met with fellow new mums and dads that had been selected to represent the diversity of New Zealand society. Among them were a single mother and a gay couple.

Prince George attends an event for Plunket nurses and parents with their young children at Government House, Wellington
9 Apr 2014

© Rex Features



All the parents' children were born around the same time as Prince George, who arrived in the world on 22 July 2013.

As well as chatting with the other parents, Kate was seen helping little George play with his toys. The third in line to the throne was dressed in a white T-shirt and pair of £75 cute blue dungarees by British designer Rachel Riley,

Prince George attends an event for Plunket nurses and parents with their young children at Government House, Wellington
9 Apr 2014

© Rex Features



Today's public engagement was organised by The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, which provides advice and support to children under five in the country. It's estimated around 90% of children in New Zealand have benefited from the organisation.

It allowed the the duke and duchess to introduce George at his first public engagement in a relaxed, informal way.

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit Wellington, New Zealand - 07 Apr 2014

© Rex Features / Tim Rooke

Prince George and his parents arrived in New Zealand on 7 April.



William, George and Kate arrived in New Zealand on Monday, where they were greeted at the airport by Prime Minister John Key. They later received a traditional Maori welcome at Government House.

The following day, the royal trio enjoyed some private time together, recovering from their long flight, before beginning their string of official engagements on Wednesday.

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