In anticipation of the arrival of Prince William, his wife Kate Middleton and their son Prince George, we take a look at images tracing the history of royal visits to NZ.

Beginning in 1869 with an illustration of the Duke and Edinburgh arriving to our shores, up to Prince William's last visit here in 2011 following the Christchurch earthquake, and, of course, the iconic family shot on the lawns of Government House, we've pulled together the best pics over the ages.

NZ Herald app users click here to view the gallery.

For more images of William's visit to NZ check out the gallery here.

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If you're out spotting the royals, we want your snaps. Share them with us, including details of where you took the photo, here.

Check out the full royal agenda around NZ here.

For some more monarchy amusement, find out how much you know about the royal tour in this cool interactive quiz. If that's not enough go here for our royal baby quiz and try our royal baby memory game here.

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