A tour-stealing performance by Prince George turned the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to New Zealand and Australia into a memorable occasion.

George only made six official appearances during the 19-day trip in April, but whenever he was seen his image was captured for prosperity by hundreds of photographers and cameramen.

Like his father William, who was also taken on a tour down under when a toddler, the baby prince captivated his hosts and stole the limelight from his parents.

From biting on an orange envelope to ease his teething pains to the moment he stretched out his arms for a cuddly bilby toy, the public loved the baby prince.

During the visit the future king seemed alert, happy and content whenever he appeared in his parents' arms and looked older than his age - nine months - by the end of the trip.

Waving his arms and grasping at anything that caught his attention, the baby seemed curious about the world around him and eager to engage with it.

The trip also saw George grow and develop with Kate describing at the end of the visit how her son had developed an "extra fat roll".

The Duchess made the confession during a visit to an Aboriginal cultural centre in the shadow of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock.

She chatted about her son to a group of leading students from schools and colleges across the region at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, including Shannon Hunt, 17, who said: "We asked if they missed him. Kate said 'He's been changing so much while we've been away'. Kate also said he grew an extra fat roll while they're away.

"She also said he can get a bit grumpy on the long flights."

The baby prince's hair also grew during the trip and by the end of the visit he looked noticeably larger.

George played a starring role in two engagements - visiting a playgroup in Wellington and a zoo in Sydney.

But the moment that stood out was when the future king met his namesake, George the bilby.

The Cambridges took him to Sydney's Taronga Zoo to meet the rabbit-like marsupial and when he saw the creature, he wriggled his arms and legs in excitement, squealing and gurgling. And the world squealed in excitement for George.


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