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Baby George has royal play day in New Zealand

Published on Apr 9, 2014 1:11 PM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - Britain's Prince George hosted his first ever official function on Wednesday - maintaining a regal calm on a play date with a group of New Zealand toddlers, even as some of the others burst into tears.

The eight-month-old, whose parents Prince William and Kate began a tour of New Zealand on Monday, met 10 babies at Wellington's Government House at a play session organised by non-profit childcare group Plunket.

Prince George, who was born on July 22 last year, looked comfortable in the spotlight as his mother gently rocked him in her arms and chatted to his playmates' parents.

The babies sat in a room with a large portrait of George's great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II looking down from the wall, with cushions and toys scattered on the floor, including a giant blue teddy bear.

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