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Royal Tour Day 7: Church, rugby, wine tasting, and white water rafting

Kate and William visited Dunedin and Queenstown for the 7th day of their tour.  While it took place on Saturday for me, it was Sunday to them (NZ is 16 hours ahead of where I am), so they started the day by going to church.  Apparently it is normal for royals to attend church while on tour, but it still seems odd to me to see the Cambridges going to church not on Christmas or for some other special occasion, because they are not regular church goers.  After church they did a mini-walkabout where Kate rebuffed someone’s compliment.  It’s always annoying to me when people do this, because usually they’re fishing for more compliments.  Not saying that’s what Kate did here, but people in general do this all the time and it’s annoying.  Next the Cambridges went to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin and “coached” two teams of children aged five to seven in Rippa rugby (a non-contact form of rugby where the players wear flags on a belt and the other players have to rip it off, instead of tackling them).  William’s team won, 30-20.  After the game, William and Kate handed out medals to the winning team.  After the rugby, the Cambs flew to Queenstown where they attended a wine tasting/tour of the vineyard and then went on a Shotover jet ride—which is some sort of high speed boat ride on a river; check out their website for further details.

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Prince George accompanies Will and Kate on meet-and-greet with NZ parents

Prince George’s grumpy face is the best thing in the entire world.  That had to be said first thing, now let’s begin.  Kate and William, along with George, attended a meet-and-greet with ten sets of parents and their children—all born within a few weeks of George’s birth last year on July 22—at Government House in Wellington, organized by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.  Plunket is a non-profit organization that helps babies born in New Zealand with free childcare advice, home visits and other services.  Kate and William talked to the parents and George played with the children.

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Kate, William and George land in Wellington to start their 3-week tour (updated)

Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have officially landed in New Zealand—along with their son, Prince George—to start their three week tour of NZ and Australia.  They landed in Sydney first; then took a plane to Wellington.  They then went to the Government House for a ceremonial welcome including a Maori Powhiri and a 21 gun salute. Kate meeting the Governor-General and his wife; Kate greeting the Maori with a traditional greeting, called a Hongi; Kate meeting the Maori performers. UPDATE: Here is an article about the Maori greeting and dance, with a lot of nice pictures. It mentions Kate giggling when she met the Maori men who were wearing their traditional garb. I don’t know if she actually giggled or not as I have not seen a video. I have now seen a video and I don’t think she was “giggling” as the article would have us believe. It seemed more to me that she was smiling and laughing at what the man was saying, rather than giggling because she was embarrassed or something. /UPDATE

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Kate accompanies the Queen to meet stars at reception for RADA

Kate attended a reception held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for actors, directors, producers, and other members of the entertainment industry and RADA in honor of the Queen’s 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Prince Michael of Kent also attended.  They meet the guests and watched a few short performances.

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Kate wears Queen’s necklace to National Portrait Gallery Gala (update)

Kate attended the Portrait Gala 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery in London today—wearing a necklace loaned to her by the Queen (I’ll get to that in a moment).  Kate is the patron of the museum.  The gala was a fundraising event to showcase Pen Portraits and Mystery Portrait Postcards created by a number of artists, authors and well-known individuals who have been inspired by portraits in the collection.  Apparently the portraits will be sold, with the proceeds going to fund “the Gallery’s work of delivering inspirational exhibitions and displays, offering unique learning opportunities and undertaking world class research.”

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Is the palace hoping Kate in couture and tiaras will make an impression in Oz and change her image?

There is a new article in the Daily Mail about Kate and her Oz tour wardrobe, and my if it isn’t hilarious.  It’s hilarious in how interesting and telling it is.  It references Diana—a lot—and talks about Kate’s wardrobe and stylists and all that, and is very telling I think.  Hm… how best to do this… I think I’ll bullet point quotes, then give my thoughts on the quote, and then summarize after.

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Kate and William attend “Mandela” premiere amid news of his passing

I want to preface this post by saying that the news of Nelson Mandela’s death broke shortly before the end of this event, he was 95.  I also want to preface this post by saying my heart goes out to Nelson Mandela’s daughter who was at the UK premiere of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; it is awful that she couldn’t be with her father when he died.

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