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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally arrived in New Zealand, with little Prince George’s first official engagement at Wellington’s Government House, royal “selfies” and the Queen’s visit to the Vatican.

New Zealand Visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George, finally arrive in New Zealand.

Ceremonial Welcome at Government House


Source: Governor-General of New Zealand

Prince George makes a new friend during playtime at the Plunket parents’ group at Government House in Wellington.

See the Itinerary for Royal Visit to New Zealand and Australia in 2014 for more details.

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Queen’s Birthday Postage Stamps

Australia Post releases two new stamps to celebrate the Queen’s 88th birthday.

The Queen’s real birthday is 21 April, but Australia, with the exception of Western Australia, celebrates this milestone in June every year. The Queen’s Offical Birthday is celebrated in Western Australia in September.

© Australian Postal Corporation 2014. This material has been reproduced with permission of Australia Post.

© Australian Postal Corporation 2014. This material has been reproduced with permission of Australia Post.

These stamps are available for a limited time at Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 or order online at austpost.com.au/stamps.

Queen Elizabeth II visits Pope Francis in Rome

The First Royal Selfie

The first royal selfie was taken one hundred years ago in October 1914, by Russia’s Grand Duchess Anastasia, using a mirror and a Kodak Brownie box camera.

Grand Duchess Anastasia was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Alix of Hesse and by Rhine (Alexandra Feodorovna). She died with her family at the hands of the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution in 1918.

Grand Duchess Anastasia's self portrait in 1914.

Grand Duchess Anastasia’s self portrait in 1914.

Not this one, which was taken at Buckingham Palace on 2 April 2014.

Prince Andrew's selfie posted on Twitter.

Prince Andrew’s selfie posted on Twitter.

However, Prince Andrew was the first member of the British royal family to actually take one.

Recently, a schoolboy from Yalding persuaded the Prince of Wales to appear in a selfie, where actress Joan Collins had failed to do so, a week beforehand.

Useful Links

Australia Post – Stamps

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Official Web Page

The Royal Visit Australia 2014

Wharekauhau Lodge – the luxury resort where the Duke and Duchess were rumoured to stay whilst resting on Tuesday, 8 April.

The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760 in The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace from Friday, 11 April to Sunday, 12 October 2014.