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Britain's Prince George heads Down Under for first tour

Published on Apr 6, 2014 9:55 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Baby Prince George was heading from Britain to New Zealand and Australia on Sunday, with parents Prince William and his wife Catherine taking the eight-month-old on his first ever tour.

Prince George, third in line to the throne of all three countries, follows in the footsteps of his father who travelled Down Under with his parents Prince Charles and Diana in 1983 aged nine months.

The three-week royal tour by Prince William, 31, his wife Kate, 32, and Prince George will be one of the first times the young prince has been seen in public since his birth on July 22 last year.

On March 30 palace officials issued a photo of the chubby prince, wearing a sweater with his name on, alongside his parents and their dog Lupo posing in the window of their Kensington Palace residence in London.

In a handout picture released by Kensington Palace and Camera Press on March 29, 2014, Britain's Prince William (right), Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Catherine (left), Duchess of Cambridge, pose with their son Prince George of Cambridge (centre) and their pet dog Lupo at their residence in Kensington Palace in mid-March 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
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