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Duke and Duchess perform last duties on NZ tour before departing for Sydney.
The sun finally shone on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the last public appearance of their 10-day visit to New Zealand.
Rain has seemingly followed the royal couple on every walkabout of their tour, and yesterday's event at Wellington's Civic Square looked likely to follow suit, with steady rain falling in the capital for most of the morning. But within half an hour of their arrival around 11.30am, the rain stopped and the sun came out.
At the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua earlier in the morning, hundreds of royal fans waited patiently in the rain before they were met with a karakia by the police kapa haka group.
The Duke and Duchess were sheltered by umbrellas as the heavens opened at the grounds. They were met by Police Commissioner Mike Bush, Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard and Assistant Commissioner Mike Rusbatch.
William and Kate took time at the Memorial Wall to acknowledge police killed on duty and laid a wreath at the wall. They then headed to the police gymnasium for a demonstration by some of the staff. They also took time to meet young police dogs and the dogs' foster families.
The Duke and Duchess play cricket in Latimer Square, and former New Zealand stars Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley spoke to the couple before the royals took up a bat and ball.
The couple and Prince George left Wellington Airport for Sydney for the Australian leg of their tour. The Royal Australian Air Force plane took off at 1.11pm.
At Sydney Airport, the family emerged onto the tarmac to be greeted by sunshine, a bit of wind and the Governor-General, Prime Minister, the NSW Governor, and the waiting media.
Kate, who favoured jewelled-coloured coats in New Zealand, wore a short-sleeved, form-fitting, buttercup yellow dress by Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilinic as she carried George down the steps. William opted for a classic navy suit.
George, in a spotless white smocked romper suit, was again a star, seemingly trying to shake hands with the Governor-General's wife. The 8-month-old was handed off to his father but took little interest in the gathered dignitaries.