Wellington turned on a grey day for the royal arrival, but there was nothing drab about the Duchess of Cambridge’s first outfit.
The duchess stepped off the Royal New Zealand Air Force plane in Wellington on Monday in a scarlet-red coat with military-style silver buttons from London-based couture house Catherine Walker.
The designer was favoured by the late Princess Diana who wore over 1000 outfits by Catherine Walker, and was even buried in one of her black dresses.
Kate’s mother Carole Middleton also wore a dress by the fashion house to the duke and duchess’ wedding in 2011.
The coat’s voluminous skirt wasn’t entirely appropriate for the weather and at one point was caught by Wellington’s infamous wind, causing the duchess to reveal a little too much leg.
She matched the coat with black high-heeled pumps, a red pillbox hat designed by London milliner Gina Foster and a silver fern brooch, borrowed from Queen Elizabeth’s personal jewellery collection.
The platinum brooch set with diamonds was given to the queen by the women of Auckland during her 1953 tour.
But it seemed Prince George didn’t get the memo about Wellington’s weather – he was wearing summery white shorts, a cream jumper and little white booties.
The looks were a complete change from what they’d been sporting during their brief stop in Sydney, where they switched their commercial flight for a private Royal New Zealand jet.
Kate wore a grey jersey wrap dress from luxury Italian fashion house Max Mara and beige suede Manolo Blahnik pumps, while baby George looked cosy in a navy onesie.
The shoes retail for $US595 ($A642) while the dress sells for 357 ($A530).