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07:00 Wed Apr 9 2014
Prince William at 10-months-old playing with a buzzy bee in his first visit to New Zealand.
Prince William at 10-months-old playing with a buzzy bee in his first visit to New Zealand. (TVNZ)
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A toy company is crossing its fingers eight-month-old Prince George will get his own buzzy bee moment, just like his dad did 30 years ago.

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In 1983, 10-month-old Prince William played with a buzzy bee toy on the lawn of Government House while his parents Princess Diana and Prince Charles looked on.

And Wendie Hall, the director of Lion Rock Ventures who own the Buzzy Bee brand, would love to see the tradition carried on.

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But she says it's unlikely Prince George will get to play with the iconic Kiwi toy.

"We understand that there's good support for something like that in terms of the New Zealand side, but we also understand that the palace's preference is to focus the tour on the future and not the past.

"It'll be more a chance thing as it was back in 1983."

Ms Hall said she hadn't sent up a buzzy bee to Government House, so she's hoping someone brings one out on the day.

Plunket is hosting a parent support group at Government House on Wednesday, when Prince George will play with 10 Kiwi kids.

But there won't be a buzzy bee toy in the mix, Plunket spokeswoman Helen Clifton said.

The famous 1983 moment helped cement buzzy bee as a New Zealand icon, Ms Hall said.

"The fact that Prince William was shown to be drawn to buzzy bees gave New Zealanders a huge sense of pride and helped cement buzzy bee's status as an icon right through to today."

If George was to get his hands on the wooden toy, it would be the same model as the one that enchanted his father, she said.

"The thing we all loved about buzzy bees was that he has been around for 70 years and he is the same one."

There have only been minor tweaks to the model over the years so he complies with safety standards.

At the end of his 2011 visit, Prince William received some buzzy bee cufflinks as a memento of his first trip to New Zealand.