April 9, 2014 11:17 AM EDT

Babies of New Zealand paid homage to their overlord when Prince George visited a playgroup during his first official public engagement Wednesday.

Prince George of Cambridge during his first official engagement at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.
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The King of Babes shook hands with the commonfolk, and assured them that he would do everything in his power to maintain good relations between the babies of New Zealand and the babies of the U.K.

The Prince greeted well-wishers
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In his speech, he said it was his duty to “look out for the little people” and promised “a bottle in every crib.”

The Prince raised a hand first official visit in New Zealand
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Some angry protesters were upset at the Prince’s remarks, but they were quickly escorted away.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George attend an event at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, on the 9th April 2014.
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Others presented the visiting dignitary with precious gifts to maintain good relations between babies of the two nations.

Eight month old Prince George at his first official engagement at Government House, Wellington,New Zealand.
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The Prince plans to continue his official tour of Australia and New Zealand with his parents and nanny in the coming weeks.

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