The couple had spent their last full day, Tuesday, in New Zealand privately, enjoying some family time with 9-month-old George by remaining on the grounds of Government House, which had been their main residence during their stay in the country, a palace source tells PEOPLE.
Early Wednesday, they visited the Royal New Zealand Police College, which was originally opened by the 31-year-old Duke of Cambridge’s dad, Prince Charles, in 1981. In a final nod to New Zealand fashion, Kate, 32, was wearing a skirt suit by one of the country’s leading designers, Rebecca Taylor.
During their last engagements in New Zealand, the couple got to indulge in some puppy love: They were introduced to a pair of 12-day-old puppies from the police Dog Training Centre.
As she picked up one of them, Kate said: “It wants to hide under my jacket. I think it can smell George.”
Soon after they arrive in Australia, the duke and duchess are expected to begin their nine-day stay with a reception for young people at Sydney’s iconic Opera House.