UK & World News

  • 13 April 2014, 8:49

Kate and William Wow The Crowds In Cambridge

Cambridge, New Zealand, has a population of about 18,000 people and 15,000 of them turned out to cheer and wave at the Duke and Duchess who share their town's title.

Amid sunshine and showers William and Kate, dressed in an emerald green dress, greeted fans after paying their respects at a memorial to the town's war dead.

Kate later confessed to one well-wisher that her green Erdem outfit was a "bit bright" for William.

During a walkabout Kate's eyes lit up when she spotted a baby boy in the crowd. He responded with a prolonged yawn, much to the amusement of his family and the laughing Duchess.

Also in the crowd was Pam McCaroll, who had brought with her a small statuette of Kate cradling Prince George as a newborn baby.

She said: "She said to me 'where did you get that!' and I told her I collected memorabilia. She laughed and I shook her hand."

Earlier the couple went their separate ways, the Duke to an aeronautical company and the Duchess to a children's hospice, Rainbow Place in Hamilton.

As well as caring for terminally sick children the centre also offers help to youngsters who are grieving for a parent or have a parent with a serious illness.

Sat at a tiny table, Kate had a play tea party with six-year-old Bailey Rupe, whose mother has breast cancer.

She asked the little girl: "Are you having tea? Can I sit with you? How is mummy doing?

"Do you find it difficult sometimes? Yes, I'm sure you do, but you're a very brave little girl."

Bailey said afterwards: "I was excited to meet a real princess and it made me feel like a princess for the day too."

One cheeky youngster asked Kate if even royalty have to eat their vegetables.

"Yes I do. I have to eat all my vegetables and so does George," she replied.

She later joined William in opening a new velodrome in Cambridge.

After meeting members of New Zealand's sporting elite including world and Olympic champions in cycling, rowing and canoeing, the couple were presented with a gift for their son.

Prince George has been given a mini bike, complete with helmet and Lycra cycling shirt with his name on the back.

John Struthers, 76, founder of the bike firm Avanti, made the presentation and said about the royal couple: "They are very, very thrilled, he was really appreciative of it.

"It gives two-year-olds independence and freedom to take their first big step in life. She was looking forward to the time when George will be able to ride it."