Charles and Camilla’s Visit to New Zealand, Day One
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall touched down in New Zealand today, beginning their twelve-day tour of the country and it’s neighbour, Australia.
Weather typical of New Zealand – wind – greeted the couple upon their early afternoon arrival at Wellington International Airport, playing havoc with Camilla’s skirt and umbrella. Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh were inside the military terminal to welcome the couple, before taking them to Government House for the official welcoming ceremony.
Charles and Camilla participated in the traditional Maori welcoming, the hongi, with Maori elders present for the ceremony. Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae led the welcome. The couple later visited the Pukeahu National War Memorial, where Prince Charles laid a wreath in the Hall of Memories and unveiled the new Commonwealth Walkway in Anzac Square. They also laid sprigs of fern on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Prince and the Duchess will spent the next six days in New Zealand, before heading to Australia on November 10.
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, Lady Janine Mateparae, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prime Minister John Key pose for photos during the welcoming ceremony at Government HouseFiled under The United Kingdom
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