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Britain's Prince William and wife Kate go walkabout in New Zealand

Published on Apr 10, 2014 5:43 PM

BLENHEIM, New Zealand (AFP) - Britain's Prince William and wife Kate honoured New Zealand's war dead at a sombre ceremony on Thursday, then delighted the crowds when they went walkabout in the small South Island town of Blenheim.

The royal couple laid a wreath of red roses at the town's war memorial for the centenary of World War I and marked a minute's silence, before moving along ranks of aged veterans lined up with medals pinned to their chests.

The couple, who kicked off a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia on Monday, then prompted cheers as they chatted and shook hands with the crowds of fans waving British flags - some of whom arrived at 4:30am to grab a prime position along the barriers.

Their eight-month-old son Prince George, who enjoyed a play session with 10 Kiwi babies on Wednesday, stayed in Wellington where the family have based themselves for their 10-day New Zealand trip.

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