The time has come. This week, I will jet off to New Zealand to cover the Royal Tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George to NZL and Australia.

The last weeks have involved some in-depth preparation for this epic trip, booking over 20 separate flights, numerous hotels, arranging visas and of course preparing camera equipment for this highly anticipated tour.

Over 60 UK media including broadcasters, newspapers and of course photographers will be travelling on this almost month-long tour in a complex logistical undertaking coordinated by Kensington Palace.

A picture of Chris' kitbag ahead of the Royal Tour. Follow @gettyvip for coverage from the trip.
 
Of course we’ve been away with Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge before, the incredibly successful ‘first royal tour’ of the couple to Canada and LA soon after they were married was a huge success.
There were some unforgettable images of William and Catherine ‘Dragon Boating’ on Prince Edward Island and of course meeting some of the most iconic figures in Hollywood during their visit to LA. I remember Reese Witherspoon telling me how excited she was before meeting the Duchess.
The couple even donned cowboy hats and started the Calgary Stampede Parade!
Their exotic Jubilee tour to Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in the Jubilee Year was a journey to some of the most remote parts of the globe. They witnessed deforestation in the jungles of Borneo and danced in grass skirts on the Pacific Island of Tuvalu.
I am excited that the programme put together for this trip includes some opportunities for incredible photographic moments. It’s only natural that comparisons will be drawn with historic trips undertaken by the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana with a young Prince William.
The addition on this trip is, of course, the person who will be the superstar of the tour ‘down under’ – Prince George of Cambridge.
The nine month old will certainly be the star of the show. We haven’t seen much of George since that memorable occasion when William and Catherine stepped out in front of the Lindo Wing to be greeted by the world’s media in July 2013. A few official snaps and of course his christening photos have been released since but this trip will give fans of ‘Baby George’ a much more in-depth look at the future heir to the throne.
What will he be wearing? How often will we see him? Will Kate take him to meet the public? These are all questions yet to be answered but I’m sure all eyes will be on this little man as this glamorous Royal Family arrives in Wellington.
Highlights of the trip include ceremonial welcomes in New Zealand where, no doubt, Prince William will introduce Catherine to the traditional Maori greeting of the ‘Hongi’ where both parties rub noses.

Racing with team New Zealand in Auckland Harbour and a journey on the ‘Shotover Jet’ on the Shotover River are all highlights of New Zealand.

There will be huge excitement in Australia at the visit and trips to Manly Beach, the Blue Mountains and Sydney’s Taronga Zoo will all stand out. The family will also travel to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) where comparisons will be drawn to his Mother and father’s visit there in 1983.
Packing for a trip of this nature is a complex process, numerous internal flights and fairly draconian luggage allowances on some of the planes mean keeping it light is essential. The huge media interest in such a trip means that long lenses are essential as well as, of course, suits, ties and more formal wear for pool situations.

Most Royal tours last a maximum of ten days so for a trip of this duration there is ahigh chance equipment could malfunction, be broken or generally suffer under the strain of numerous mini buses, planes and other forms of transport – spares are essential but also add to weight.

Mobile transfer is also a consideration as some of the opportunities will warrant a direct sent from the camera, straight to the picture desks and our clients around the world.

This trip will be a marathon but I am hugely excited about the potential for some incredible and iconic images. Getty Images has a fantastic team of photographers in New Zealand and Australia and will be providing coverage from every angle of, what promises to be, the Royal Tour of the decade!

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