After months of anticipation over William and Kate's first official tour with 8-month-old son George, the day has finally arrived for the royal family to embark on their 3-week adventure!
The trio landed in Wellington, New Zealand — the country's capitol — to much fanfare as 100 members of the world's press eagerly awaited their arrival.
Kate held tight to her bundle of joy, who looked unbelievably adorable in all white, while the Duchess stunned in a red Catherine Walker coat dress and a Jackie Kennedy-esque pillbox hat.
During their first day, the couple were driven to Wellington's Government House where they were given a traditional Maori welcome.
Leaving Prince George behind for the time being, the duo pressed noses with various New Zealand leaders, a greeting which traditionally determines whether visitors are friends or foes.
A group of 35 semi-naked Maoris performed an official welcome, which slightly startled Kate as they advanced on the couple carrying spears and uttering war cries. The group then performed an intricate series of martial arts moves before offering William a raku tapu dart.
As part of tradition, the Prince picked up the dart from the grass, keeping eye contact with the warrior. The pair were then declared "friends" and welcomed into the main area.
During the festivities, George was cared for by his 43-year-old nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, who media got a rare glimpse of as she departed the royals' plane.
The Spanish-native is currently living with the couple in their apartment at Kensington Palace and will be with them throughout the entirety of their overseas trip.
William and Kate were welcomed to the Government House by Governor-General Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine, where the pair will be based for most of their time in Wellington.
School children were gathered for the royal visit and one little girl couldn't help but gush about Kate! "[She] is just so perfect. She is a proper princess," the young student told reporters. "She said her hair was stringy because of the rain, but it looked amazing to me."
The Duchess even apologized for George's absence! "They said they were really excited to be in New Zealand and they were sorry they couldn't bring baby George outside, but it was too rainy," the girl added.
Follow along with Closer as we continue to track the royals' every move on their tour of New Zealand and Australia!
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