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Duchess enjoys wine following birth

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to pour cold water on speculation that Prince George could soon have a brother or sister when she told wine-makers she was really enjoying being able to drink again after giving birth.

During visit to a vineyard in New Zealand, Hannah Armstrong, from Mudhouse Wines, said: "Kate said she hadn't drunk whilst pregnant with George and, although she doesn't drink much, she was really enjoying the odd glass."

The Duchess, 32, tried a couple of glasses of Aurum pinot gris and a dry Riesling from a vineyard called Remarkable.

But it is her husband William - and brother Harry - who are the wine lovers in the family. Hannah, 28, said: "Kate said she doesn't drink much, but William likes his wine. I said: 'And of course Harry' - she laughed and agreed."

John Darby, owner of Amisfield vineyard in Queenstown, showed the royal couple round the vineyard - where Kate nearly fell over in her Russell and Bromley cork wedge heels, grabbing William's arm to steady herself.

Mr Darby told the couple : "When it gets very cold we use helicopters to stop the frost over the vines by hovering above and stirring up the cold air."

William exclaimed: "You're joking. That's an expensive way to do it. Wow. If you ever need a spare pilot, I'm here.

"That is an expensive way to make wine. But we should stop talking and start drinking."

Earlier, speculation had mounted that Prince George could soon have a brother or sister after William hinted another baby may not be too far off.

William appeared to suggest he and Kate were already planning another child when he encouraged a well-wisher to make a second baby gift after giving them one for their son.

Cynthia Read made a lace shawl which was given to George on behalf of the New Zealand government and William told her: "You might have to make another one soon."

William and Kate met Mrs Read in the town of Cambridge in the Waipa district on the North Island of New Zealand.

Mrs Read, who emigrated from Newcastle with her Scottish husband Ken, a geologist, eight years ago, added: "The way William said it was like he was dropping a hint, letting me in on a secret."

Asked if she thought he meant a brother or sister for eight-month-old George would soon be on the way, she replied: "Maybe. I couldn't possibly comment. Obviously if I'm asked to do another one I would be honoured, but we'll wait and see."

Mrs Read, 61, added: "Kate told me they were really happy with it and George wore it a lot. "

The royal couple wowed crowds of 15,000 when they went on a walkabout after paying their respects to First World War heroes. In a poignant gesture, the royal couple left a single red rose each at a war memorial in the aptly-named town.

George has already passed one of his childhood milestones, receiving his first bike.

George is now the proud owner of an Avanti Lil Ripper bike for children aged two and older, which features a bespoke design by Shane Hansen, one of New Zealand's leading contemporary artists.

William and Kate were presented with the tiny cycle for their baby son, a tiny crash helmet and a sleek racing top emblazoned with his name on the back as they opened New Zealand's national velodrome in Cambridge.

John Struthers, 76, founder of the bike firm Avanti, made the presentation and said about the royal couple: "They are very, very thrilled, he was really appreciative of it.

"She was looking forward to the time when George will be able to ride it." And he joked: "I hope they don't get excess baggage (charges), you know what airlines are like."

George's list of presents is growing by the day and his bike will be added to the miniature version of Sealegs, an amphibious boat, his parents received on Friday when they went sailing in Auckland.

The Duke of Cambridge had earlier won royal bragging rights when he coached a "Rippa Rugby" team to victory over opponents led by his wife.

Still smarting from the defeat he suffered last week when the Duchess comprehensively won a yachting challenge, the Duke was determined to win on the pitch.

His team of 10 youngsters did not let him down and they were comfortable winners against Kate's group and at the final whistle he punched the air in delight with both fists.

The Duke could not help teasing his wife and looked in her direction and said "next time, next time".

The venue for the rematch was the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand, and featured two teams of youngsters who had won through to the final of a day-long tag rugby tournament for five to seven year olds.

Rippa rugby is a non-contact form of the sport designed for primary school children with players ripping a flag from the belt of an opponent instead of tackling them.

Huriana Manuel, captain of New Zealand's womens rugby sevens team, joined William in supporting the winning Clutha team from the town of South Otago near Dunedin. She said the Duke was determined not to lose.

"He brought something special to the team, he's lost a few competitions to his wife and he really wanted to win," she said. "He said to the kids, 'Make sure you go out there and enjoy yourself', and the win followed from that."

New Zealand All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was on hand to give support to Kate as she led the Pirates, a Dunedin team. William first watched McCaw play on New Zealand soil when he flew to the Commonwealth country to follow the British and Irish Lions tour against the All Blacks in 2005.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also enjoyed the excitement of a jet boat ride through stunning New Zealand scenery.

William and Kate experienced the white-knuckle ride that is one of the country's most popular attractions.

The royal couple had flown to Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island, nestled between mountains and beside a picturesque lake that is a destination for snowboarders, skiers and was the place where the bungee jump was invented.

They were the guests of the Shotover Jet tourist firm, which takes 130,000 tourists a year on trips along the fast flowing Shotover River.

The jet boat, which is designed to speed along in water just a few inches deep, nips between trees and close to obstacles before veering away at the last minute.

After the ride William and Kate clapped their driver, Wayne Paton. He said: "They loved it. The Prince wanted me to go closer, he said, 'You can go closer than that'. There were some screams, but not from them."

The jet boat's captain later told a Sky News reporter that when he delivered a safety briefing and asked the passengers including the royal couple if they had back problems, neck problems or were pregnant "no one put their hand up".

Passengers are advised not to go on the boat rides if they are pregnant - further evidence, perhaps, that the Duchess is not planning another baby just yet.


From Belfast Telegraph