Kia Ora! Royals visiting New Zealand through the years

Royal visits to New Zealand: Diana and Charles, 1983
Charles and Camilla in New Zealand, 2019
Prince Charles in New Zealand, 2019
Prince William in New Zealand, 2010
Kate Middleton in New Zealand, 2014
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in New Zealand, 2018
Princess Anne in New Zealand, 2006
Then...
... now
Like father...
... like son
Solo...
... and together
Charles in New Zealand, 2012
William in New Zealand, 2010
A sad occasion
William at the Al Noor mosque, April 2019
Kate and William in New Zealand, 2014
Prince Harry in Invercargill, 2015
Queen Maxima and King Willem Alexander in New Zealand, 2016
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía in New Zealand, 2009
Juan Carlos of Spain does a hongi
Kate Middleton in New Zealand, 2014
Harry and Meghan in New Zealand, 2018
Prince William in New Zealand, 2010
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in New Zealand, 2019
Prince Charles in New Zealand, 2019
Royal visits to New Zealand: Diana and Charles, 1983

Once every while, European princes, dukes, duchesses, kings and queens come to visit New Zealand. A visit remembered by many is that of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1983. They brought the young Prince William with them.

Charles and Camilla in New Zealand, 2019

In november 2019, Prince Charles came to New Zealand with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Prince Charles in New Zealand, 2019

He greeted the Maori leaders in Auckland with the traditional hongi salute.

Prince William in New Zealand, 2010

Like father, like son. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, also shared a fair number of hongi greetings when he visited New Zealand in 2010. This one's with the former Gov. General, Sir Paul Reeves.

Kate Middleton in New Zealand, 2014

Kate Middleton accompanied the prince in 2014. Even baby George came with them. The family traveled from Wellington to Auckland, Waikato, Dunedin, Queensland, Christchurch, and back to Wellington.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in New Zealand, 2018

Harry and Meghan Markle could not stay behind, of course. While she was pregnant with the latest member of the royal family, Archie, they toured New Zealand in 2018.

Princess Anne in New Zealand, 2006

Even Princess Anne, Charles's younger sister, likes to explore the country. In 2006 she paid Auckland an official visit. She also made very clear through her reading matter where she was headed next.

Then...

Who remembers these delightful images of an earlier royal visit to New Zealand? It was 1983. Lady Diana and Princess Charles played with their son William on the grounds of Auckland's Government House.

... now

21 Years later, the grown Prince William would bring his own son, Prince George, to the country.

Like father...

Prince Charles is wearing an ’ei, a Maori flower garland. Made from natural flowers and leaves, these garlands are used to welcome or honour special visitors.

... like son

Prince Harry looks just like his father, wearing an 'ei during his 2015 visit to the Turn Your Life Around center in Auckland.

Solo...

That year, the prince visited New Zealand on his own. Here he's walking through a rainforest in the open wildlife sanctuary of Ulva Island

... and together

Three years later he would bring his wife Meghan Markle with him. They're walking through a Redwoods forest in Rotorua.

Charles in New Zealand, 2012

Cultural events are a much loved part of the tour. In 2012, local Lisa Shannon persuaded Prince Charles to a dance at the rock 'n' roll event in Christchurch.

William in New Zealand, 2010

Prince William went and cooked some fillet steaks on the BBQ with then-Prime Minister John Key in 2010.

A sad occasion

It wasn't always festive, though. The terrorist attack in the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, on March 15, 2019, prompted a visit by Prince William on behalf of the Queen. The royal family paid its respects to the community that had lost 51 members in the mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre.

William at the Al Noor mosque, April 2019

He met with survivors of the attack and held an emotional speech. Empathzing with the victims, William spoke about his own 'pain and loss' when losing his mum at the age of 15.

Kate and William in New Zealand, 2014

Luckily, most of the royal visits have been more cheerful.

Prince Harry in Invercargill, 2015

For example, when Harry met Henry, the 100-year-old Tuatara lizard.

Queen Maxima and King Willem Alexander in New Zealand, 2016

Or when the king and queen of The Netherlands made their acquaintance with a kiwi.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía in New Zealand, 2009

And there were visitors from other countries, too. When they were still king and queen of Spain, Juan Carlos and Sofía made a royal tour of New Zealand and Australia. Maori warriors performed at their official welcome in Wellington.

Juan Carlos of Spain does a hongi

King Juan Carlos shares a hongi with Rose White Tahuparae during his official welcome in Wellington.

More travel photos: Australia through the eyes of royal visitors

Kate Middleton in New Zealand, 2014

Kate Middleton loves to interact with children along the route. At the time of this picture, her son George was almost 1 year old. Roughly a year after this photo, she would have her second child, Charlotte.

Harry and Meghan in New Zealand, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wore Korowai, traditional Maori cloaks, during their visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua.

Prince William in New Zealand, 2010

Harry's brother William wore a similar Korowai when he opened the Supreme Court in Wellington, in 2010.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in New Zealand, 2019

In November 2019, William came back to where he had been with Diana and William in 1983. He and Camilla Parker Bowles visited South Island.

Prince Charles in New Zealand, 2019

The Duke of Cornwall received a Maori axe at the Critical Design event in Auckland. He seemed quite pleased with it. Perhaps he can put it to good use in his Highgrove gardens.

 

 

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