PRINCE George showed he is growing up fast when he joined a baby playgroup for the first time – and went on a crawl-about.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's son was described as a "bubbly" and "feisty" eight-month-old who is advanced for his age by the other impressed parents.
George was boisterous and lively, waving his arms and kicking his legs in excitement when he spotted the other babies – all a similar age to the prince – with their toys.
Dressed in a pair of £75 blue dungaree shorts by British luxury brand Rachel Riley, a white shirt and soft blue pre-walking shoes, he crawled around interacting with the other children and stole their toys – after escaping the attentions of mum at the event staged on the third day of William and Kate's tour of New Zealand and Australia.
When Kate chatted to the other parents she revealed her son is sleeping well and has moved on to solid food while William said the best way to get over jet-lag was to sleep and distract his son.
In the plush surroundings of Wellington's Government House – the official home of the Governor General – William and Kate chatted informally with the parents including a pair of gay fathers and a single mum.
All of the children were from families and chosen by the organisation, which provides health care and support to new parents, known in New Zealand simply as Plunket.
Grant Collinge (38) and Magda Gurbowicz (35) met the royals with their baby boy.
Mr Collins said: "George is bubbly, quite feisty and he took control.
"He honed in on certain toys and took the ones that he wanted. No-one was going to stand in his way."
He added: "We spoke to the Duchess about group play – George had never played with so many babies before.
"She said it was the most amount of babies they'd ever had in a room with George. He does see other babies, but not many in a group like this."
As a proud dad he could not resist comparing his son's development with that of the baby prince.
"We found out Lucas had more teeth than George so he's winning that race," he said.