Prince William, who previously graduated on his pilot training course, took the reins of the winning America’s Cup yacht and visited the site of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand on Sunday at the start of his first official overseas trip on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.
As an avid rugby player, Prince William’s first duty was to visit to Eden Park in the northern city of Auckland, the main ground for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He was accompanied by officials, several members of New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team and about 60 journalists.
Then the 27-year-old royal went sailing on New Zealand’s winning America’s Cup yacht, NZL40. He also attended a traditional Maori feast at Government House in Auckland. He is scheduled to visit the officially open New Zealand’s Supreme Court building, lay a wreath at the National War Memorial, attend a barbecue hosted by Prime Minister John Key and visit a nature reserve. He is slated to visit the Wellington Children’s Hospital on Tuesday before flying to Australia.