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Is there anything more exciting than Prince William, Kate, and Prince George arriving for their 3-week tour of Australia and New Zealand? I don’t think so.
Here are some fun facts about the royal tour:
- The tour is the debut for the family’s new nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. She has lived at Kensington Palace with the family since last month, getting used to George. She is 43, and is from a well-to-do Spanish family. She’s a graduate of Norland Nanny College (where I briefly considered attending — yes, it’s true), and has lived in the UK for 20 years.
- For me, the trip is a reminder of a similar trip Charles and Diana took 31 years ago. They also visited Australia and New Zealand, with baby Prince William, who was almost exactly the same age as George is now. I remember loving all the photos that came from that trip.
- William and Kate were “understandably nervous” about taking 8-month-old George on the 24-hour flight to Australia, and then the short hop to New Zealand. I have to admit, it was funny — in a cute way — to see George’s apparent opinion of all that travel:
- Kate is thought to have brought about 30 dresses for her 3-week trip. George’s wardrobe will likely be more practical: “smart/casual khaki pants, short-sleeved shirts, cute sun hats,” are predicted.
- William, Kate, and George all have passports. But, the Queen doesn’t — she is the only British citizen who doesn’t require one.
- This is Kate’s first time to visit Australia and New Zealand. William has been to each a few times (first, as mentioned earlier, as a baby in 1983, and most recently in 2011, just before his wedding).
- During Charles and Diana’s royal tour, Charles became disillusioned by the effect Diana had on the crowds. It’s so nice to see both William and Kate being appreciated by the crowds this time.
- One of the things to learn on a royal tour is local customs. Here, Kate rubs noses with a New Zealand official.
- And the sight of the locals — in this case, a barely-clothed Maori warrior — can never evoke a laugh.
- The family will spend Easter at the zoo! After attending church services in Sydney, Australia, they’ll visit the nearby Taronga Zoo. Can’t wait to see photos from that …