http://seniortriathletes.com/category/our-stories/page/4/ The Duke and Duchess brought George to the Zoo so he could meet his namesake, George the bilby.
The animals are described as a something akin to a cross between a rabbit and a rat; that makes senses upon looking at the photos. They are an endangered animal and the Sydney Zoo is working to breed more of them.
More on George’s from the Sydney Morning Herald:
The two came face-to-face on Sunday at Taronga Zoo’s enclosure, where it was officially named the Prince George Bilby Exhibit as part of Australia’s gift following the prince’s birth on July 22 last year.
Prince William helped break the ice, when he enticed the bilby – renamed George – over with some food.
Kate held George close to the glass wall dividing the pair, and he started to show a keen interest in the endangered marsupial.
The Prince and his parents at the bilby enclosure, via these pictures from 9News Australia:
There was also an unveiling of the plaque commemorating the exhibit as the Prince George Bilby Exhibit.
When Prince George was born gift was made to the Zoo in his honor to help fund bilby conservation efforts, thus the exhibit’s name. Following George’s wildlife exploration he was taken back to Admiralty House, where the family is staying while his parents enjoyed other parts of the Zoo.
So what does one wear for an engagement like this? in this case it was separates from Rachel Riley, a British boutique carrying luxury children’s clothing and accessories.
George was in the brand’s Striped Jersey Polo, a jersey knit that is all cotton with the exception of 5% elastene that is added for stretch. The polo comes in 6M to 2Y as well as boys sizes 3Y t0 10Y. The other half of his look was a pair of Pocket Shorts in Baby Boys’ sizes 6M to 2 years. The shorts are 100% cotton in a poplin weight, they have an elasticized waist and those pockets you see on the side. George’s color is ‘French Navy, the shorts are $89.
A tip of the tiara to our pals at Prince George Pieces for speedy IDs on the separates.
As always, The young Prince wore his navy socks and Early Days Pre-Walker shoes from Childrensalon in navy leather. The style is usually available in Sizes 3 months – 18 months, but the George Effect seems to have struck again, it is sold out in all sizes except 0-3M.
I have an inquiry into the shop and will update in this post when we have more information on restocking of the shoe, it sells for $45.39.
While at the Zoo the Prince was given a stuffed bilby stuffed animal, which he promptly threw to the ground, prompting laughs all around. The bilby is smartly dressed, wearing a green Taronga Zoo shirt.
The Zoo has the soft toy that George received for sale in its shop, it is $49.99. Like everything else in the shop, proceeds from sales go to fund Zoo activities.
We’ll be back with another post on what George wore for the flight to Canberra.