Prince William & Kate Middleton Tour Peter Jackson’s Military Plane Museum

Posted Thursday April 10, 2014 2:20 PM GMT

When you’ve got the kind of money Peter Jackson has made with his “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” franchises, it’s only natural to buy a bunch of old war planes and start a museum.

The New Zealand-born director had the privilege of hosting Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Wellington today (April 10), and he gave them a proper tour of his military aircraft collection.

And after Mr. Jackson took some cell phone footage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge inside his planes, they headed inside for a special presentation- an aviation helmet lined in possum skin for Prince George.

Museum executive Jane Orphan explained, “We were very keen to mark the occasion with a gift and this is all about preserving the heritage for future generations, we thought what better than to give then a gift for the young Prince.”

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