Prince William and Kate Middleton were greeted by thousands of excited locals as they arrived in the town of Blenheim, New Zealand. The royals received flowers and homemade cards as they chatted with children.

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Prince William meets children in the crowd after laying a wreath with his wife at the war memorial in Seymour SquareReuters
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Kate greets a baby after laying a wreath with her husband at the war memorial in BlenheimReuters

Kate and William laid a wreath at the town's war memorial, and met veterans. Kate chatted to Wilton Sterritt, who served in the Royal New Zealand Navy during WWII. He showed Kate a photo of himself with Prince Philip during the Commonwealth Games in 1974.

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A veteran shows a photo to Kate after she laid a wreath at the war memorialGetty
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Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare to lay a wreath at the war memorial in Seymour Square in the town of BlenheimReuters
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A veteran awaits the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Blenheim War MemorialGetty
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Prince William chats to children after laying a wreath at the war memorialGetty
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Children wearing crowns made from cardboard wait for Prince William and Kate Middleton to arrive at Seymour Square in BlenheimReuters

 The royal couple then visited the Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre, where film director Peter Jackson gave them a tour of his collection of vintage aircraft. After turning down the chance to sit in a German Fokker triplane, Prince William climbed into a vintage Sopwith Pup biplane.

Wearing a pale blue Alexander McQueen coat, Kate posed as the Lord of the Rings director took her photo with his iPhone.

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Prince William sits in a Sopwith Pup vintage planeReuters
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Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson takes a photo of Kate Middleton during a visit to Omaka Aviation Heritage CentreGetty
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Kate and William walk past a plane with a swastika on its tail at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in BlenheimGetty