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Time spent with families of CTV earthquake victims, a visit to Christchurch's Botanical Gardens and a game of cricket with young enthusiasts were some of the highlights of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's final day of official activities on this royal tour.
More than 100 relatives of quake victims met the royal pair this morning at the site of the former CTV building, on the corner of Madras and Cashel Streets, as the crowd's mood turned from one of rock-star enthusiasm to remembrance.
The Duke and Duchess spoke at length to the families. The conversations were cordial, with smiles, rather than tears, marking the occasion.
Ian Foldesi, 64, was killed by falling rocks on the Port Hills.
Mr Foldesi's family brought his labrador dog Tetley, who found his body, to the site.
The dog, which had a Union Jack scarf tied around its neck, had been lying on the grass but leapt up for his royal guests.
The family of Jane-Marie Alberts, 44, at the occasion today included her niece, Summer Oliver, who was injured in the PGC collapse.
The Duke and Duchess were scheduled to meet just four families but the couple chose to cross the grass to meet many more people, including CTV receptionist Mary-Anne Jackson who fled the building just before it collapsed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were shown a video produced by Ian Taylor/Animation Research Ltd that shows the resilience and strength of the Christchurch people since the earthquake. The Royal couple are attending Christchurch's Redevelopment lunch at the Air Force Museum in Wigram. It includes the story of Aoraki, the Maori Legend of how the South Island was created, and the people who are passionate about their city and determined to make it something special.
Despite the daunting job of rebuilding, Cantabrians have kept their "classic Kiwi humour'', he said.
He cited three reasons why Christchurch was not defeated by the natural disaster.
Firstly, "this is your home'', secondly, "you all care deeply for Christchurch ... and it's clear you want to do your very best for your city'', and the third reason he gave why Christchurch has a strong future, is because the people in the room today had decided to devote their energy, investment, time and skills in rebuilding.
"Christchurch is a city which has chosen not only to survive but to thrive,'' William said.
"Catherine and I look forward to coming back to see how the city takes shape.''
He asked the gathering to join him and his wife in passing on thoughts and prayers to those in the Solomon Islands who have been struck by a similar harrowing experience in recent days.
After the presentation, they tucked in to lunch - a choice of salmon or chicken.
After the lunch, the royals each laid a single red rose at the Wall of Remembrance to pay respects to New Zealand's fallen airmen.
William and Kate also unveiled a new plaque, `In recognition of all those RNZAF personnel who have served in peacekeeping missions throughout the world since 1948.'
They gave a final wave before they got back into the motorcade set for the airport and a flight back to Wellington, and baby George.
Tonight they are dining on a "quintessentially Kiwi'' feast prepared by Ruth Pretty at a dinner with the Prime Minister, his wife Bronagh and son Max.
The dinner has been described as 'private' and Mr Key has kept details sparse until today - but says the taxpayer will be footing the bill.
He said the menu for the dinner at Premier House would "showcase New Zealand'' and included Bluff oysters and white bait entrees, followed by a main course of either rack of lamb or snapper. Pudding will be pavlova and hokey pokey icecream.
Mr Key said he expected the Royal couple would be there for a few hours. He did not expect Prince George to be there. "There is obviously a welcome invitation for him but I'm pretty sure it will be past his bedtime.''
Max met William and Catherine when the Key family went to stay with the Queen at Balmoral last year, while Bronagh had accompanied Mr Key to the Royal wedding in 2011 and had also been at Balmoral. Daughter Steffi had not returned for the dinner - she is in France and Mr Key said she was "a bit busy with exams at the moment.''
Mr Key said the couple had wanted something relaxed in the programme. He had originally intended to host the royals at his Parnell home, but because they were based in Wellington that had not suited their programme.
"They were certainly keen to catch up, they were certainly keen to have something that was relaxed and in a fun environment.''
Mr Key said he did not know what the cost of the meal was. Ruth Pretty was also one of the caterers for the barbecue for Prince William during his visit in 2010, where he and Mr Key manned the grills to cook the steak.