Royal visit: Kate's sips of wine quench pregnancy buzz

Prince's 'throw-away comment' about lace shawl sparks excitement around world.

Kate and William's sampling of a range of wines during a visit to Amisfield. Photo / AFP
Kate and William's sampling of a range of wines during a visit to Amisfield. Photo / AFP

Day seven of the royal tour started with much excitement - news emerged that baby George might have a sibling on the way.

The story, which quickly spread around the world, came after Prince William reportedly told Cambridge woman Cynthia Read - who made New Zealand's official gift after Prince George's birth - that she might need to make another lace shawl soon.

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But despite the buzz it wasn't long till Mrs Read clarified the situation, saying she had no plans to start work on a second gift any time soon.

"He said 'you might need to make another one sometime'. It wasn't soon or anything like that.

"It was just a throw-away comment, that's all. I don't think he meant anything particular by it."

Despite that, media interest yesterday continued to focus on whether Kate really was hiding a pregnancy.

Rugby star Richie McCaw was asked about it after speaking to the Duchess of Cambridge at a game and all eyes were on her when she visited Amisfield Winery in Queenstown later in the day. It was only then that the rumours were put to bed as she happily sampled a range of reds and aromatic whites.

Central Otago Pinot Noir chairwoman Lucie Lawrence, who escorted the Duchess, said she had "six or seven" tastes.

"She was drinking it. She really enjoyed drinking the pinot noir."

The couple, who separately made their way around various sampling stations, chatted with the winemakers and vineyard marketers.

Prince William offered Amisfield co-owner John Darby help with flying the helicopters used to fight frosts.

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The royal couple also sampled some famous southern delicacies such as Bluff oysters, Stewart Island salmon, Fiordland venison, local cheeses and seasonal Central Otago fruit before heading off with some wine to enjoy later on.

The vineyard experience possibly steeled the couple for their next adventure of the day - a ride on the Shotover Jet where they enjoyed the 25-minute river trip, blasting by rocky outcrops, skimming around ragged boulders, and speeding through the narrow canyons.

Earlier they attended the Palm Sunday service at St Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin - proving a lifechanging experience for one group of teenagers - before a walkabout in the crowd, shaking hands and chatting.

Year 13 student Natalie Paterson and her friends were amongst the 470 people attending the service when the couple walked by. "I made a millisecond of eye contact and now my life is complete."

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Before they descended the steep stairs to greet more than 3000 people gathered below, the couple signed the cathedral's guest book and Kate accepted a flower from a young girl.

Afterwards, they joined 8000 people at the Regal Rugby Fun Day at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The crowd screamed as William got revenge for his wife's sailing victory in Auckland on Friday, by guiding his Rippa Rugby team to a win.

The couple head to Christchurch today before a day off tomorrow.

Mataawhio steals show with te reo colours and a curtsy

Prince George could learn his colours in te reo Maori after a gift from a young girl who stole the show at Dunedin Airport yesterday.

Mataawhio Matahaere-Veint, 5, was part of an official Ngai Tahu welcoming group who met the Duke and Duchess on the tarmac.

As hundreds of well-wishers looked on and camera lenses fluttered, the 5-year-old greeted Kate with a handshake and a hongi.

Soon after, Mataawhio presented her gift - two classic New Zealand children's books for Prince George - for which she received a royal hug.

The young girl then curtsied, to the loudest cheer of the morning.

After the royals had been whisked off into the city, Mataawhio shyly told the Herald she had practised her curtsy with the help of Ripeka Potiki, 7, who stood beside her during the welcome. The books now on baby George's reading list are The Little Yellow Digger by Betty and Alan Gilderdale and My Maori Colours by Tracy Duncan.

Proud grandmother Donna Matahaere-Atariki, the chair of Otakou Runanga, said the royal meeting had been much anticipated.

"It was her that brought me out, actually ... I know she's been practising one [a curtsy] at ballet. She asked her ballet teacher to teach her how to curtsy."

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- additional reporting Herald staff


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