Prince George’s debut engagement

Prince George has carried out his first official engagement — going on a crawl-about with other babies.

The duke and duchess of Cambridge took their eight-month-old son to a New Zealand playgroup where they met other parents and their children.

In the plush surroundings of Wellington’s Government House — which will be the royal visitors’ base for the rest of their tour of New Zealand — William and Kate chatted informally with the parents of 10 babies, all a similar age to George, including a pair of gay fathers and a single mum.

Kate watched on protectively, occasionally wiping some dribble from his chin, as William chatted to some of the other parents. Prince William joked: “It’s madness, there are babies everywhere.”

All of the babies present were from local families and chosen by the organisation, which provides healthcare and support to new families, known in New Zealand simply as Plunket.

Meanwhile, the dungarees worn by Prince George at his New Zealand playdate have already sold out in the smallest sizes.

The eight-month-old’s outfit is from Rachel Riley, a British luxury children’s brand based in Marylebone. The company has a store on New York’s Madison Avenue.

The £75 (€90) “classic tailored dungarees” with a sailboat design have sold out in the six-month and 12-month sizes on the company’s website.

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