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Prince George goes on first official tour amid wave of royal popularity

Published on Apr 3, 2014 8:09 PM
 
In a handout picture released by Kensington Palace and Camera Press on March 29, 2014 Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (right) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (left) pose with their son Prince George of Cambridge (centre) and pet dog Lupo at their residence in Kensington Palace in mid March 2014. He may still be in nappies but Prince George embarks on his first official tour this weekend as Britain's younger royals ride a wave of popularity that is expected to dampen republican movements in Australia and New Zealand. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON/SYDNEY (REUTERS) - He may still be in nappies but Prince George embarks on his first official tour this weekend as Britain's younger royals ride a wave of popularity that is expected to dampen republican movements in Australia and New Zealand.

The eight-month-old prince, third-in-line to the British throne, will accompany his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on a three-week tour of the two former British colonies.

His first official event is expected to be at a parent and baby group on April 9 at Government House in Wellington, the New Zealand capital, the residence where his father, Prince William, crawled for the first time during a royal tour in 1983.

Prince William and his wife Kate will also mark a century since the outbreak of World War One by paying tribute to both countries' war dead before leaving on April 25.

 
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