PRINCE George has had his first taste of the lifetime of tribal dances and military parades stretching out before him.
The heir to the British throne, who will still politely be watching this kind of thing when he’s 80, seemed bored on his first visit to New Zealand but not as bored as he will be on all the others.
George, a month younger than William was when he went to exactly the same places and did exactly the same things, is already developing the blank but benign stare necessary to surviving official events.
His father whispered to him: “Just let your mind go somewhere elsewhere.
“You must learn to zone out during military tattoos otherwise you’ll lose it before you’re in short trousers.
Back then it was your Nana Dis dress they were going on about. Today its your mothers. In 30 years itll be the dress of whoever youve married.
The players change, George, but for us the play remains the same.
The prince reacted by strategically shitting himself, necessitating his brief removal from proceedings while his parents wished they had that option.