Go behind the scenes of The Royal Tour with our photographer blogs from New Zealand and Australia. Chris Jackson talks us through Day 3 in Blenheim.
So it’s now Day 3 of William, Kate and Baby George in New Zealand and it really feels like we are getting into the swing of it. Yesterday, we saw some fantastic pool images of Prince George at the Plunkett Parents Group at Government House in Wellington - a really great set of candid images that captured the heir to the throne at his playful best.
Today we jetted across the Cook Strait to the South Island and Blenheim where the day started with a wreath laying at the WWI Commemorative Event in the main town square. There was a sense of excitement right from the start and I met some real characters who were excited about their upcoming glimpse of Royalty. Seymour Square filled up pretty quickly with people even taking to the trees to get a better view!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived to cheers from the crowd – Kate looked stunning in a pastel blue Alexander McQueen outfit, her hair tied back to prevent any unfortunate ‘weather pictures’ in the inclement conditions.
After the fairly sombre wreath laying and a minute’s silence, the Duke and Duchess headed down to meet the crowds who were eager to catch a glimpse or even meet this superstar couple they had heard so much about. The rain managed to just about hold off for the Royal Couple’s first walkabout in New Zealand and the very British weather certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd who were eagerly snapping away on their smartphones. For me it was a great opportunity to get some more animated pictures of the Duchess as she met the locals.
Next it was on to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where the couple was greeted by Sir Peter Jackson. William and Catherine were shown a variety of incredible reconditioned WWI aircraft and The Prince was even invited to climb into the cockpit of a Sopwith Pup. The Duchess looked a little apprehensive as William clambered in but once inside he seemed to be enjoying the experience as Sir Peter filmed the whole thing on his smartphone! For someone with an aviation background such as Prince William it was clearly a fascinating experience.