Go behind the scenes of The Royal Tour with our photographer blogs from New Zealand and Australia. Photographer Sam Hussein talks us through Day Eight.
After the thrills and excitement of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge riding the Shotover Jet in Queenstown, the Royal press pack today moved onto Christchurch where we were given another fantastic photo opportunity in the form of William and Kate unexpectedly joining in a children's game of cricket.
William has been photographed a few times trying his hand at cricket, but for Kate to get involved at the event, promoting the 2015 Cricket World Cup, was a big surprise for photographers.
The fun and friendly nature of New Zealand has obviously paid off as William and Kate were visibly relaxed and enjoying themselves.
Kate wearing another striking red dress and heels added to the impact of the photos.
The visit of William and Kate to Christchurch held particular significance following the earthquake which destroyed so much of the city three years ago. William has visited since the earthquake stuck, but he was eager to show Kate the extent of the damage. They viewed the Transitional Cathedral, where the original Cathedral was damaged beyond repair. Both were clearly in a reflective mood as they visited the Botanical gardens and later placed roses on a Memorial Wall at Wigram Air Force Museum.
Earlier in the day, the Royal couple was greeted to traditional welcome at the Christchurch City Council Buildings. This gave a great opportunity to shoot a series of portraits which work well as stock images. Often when photographing the Royals we are too far away and have little time to capture head shots, but here we could use a 500mm lens to get a host of portraits of Kate, with long term value for use in the future.
We were even treated to another hongi (a traditional Maori nose rubbing greeting) which makes such a strong image.
For the majority of the British Royal press, this was our final day covering New Zealand as tomorrow we fly ahead of the Royals to be ready for their arrival in Sydney. On Wednesday William, Kate and baby George will once again walk off the plane together, kicking off the Australian leg of the three week tour and giving us another chance to capture highly sought after baby photos.
New Zealand has been a huge success for imagery, with the hospitality and all-round friendly attitude outstanding.
Australia has a lot to live up to.
Editor's Note: For more pictures of the Royal Tour, click here.
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