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Charles and Camilla arrive in New Zealand for week-long tour

Author
Newstalk ZB, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 17 Nov 2019, 3:48PM
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at Whenuapai. Photo / Dean Purcell

Charles and Camilla arrive in New Zealand for week-long tour

Author
Newstalk ZB, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 17 Nov 2019, 3:48PM

The future king, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have arrived in New Zealand for their third official visit - the first in four years.

The royal couple's whirlwind tour will include visits to both the North and South Island before the prince is spirited away to Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands on his way home.

The six-day jaunt of Aotearoa starts today in the City of Sails after the couple arrived at the RNZAF base in Whenuapai this afternoon.

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy was among those who greeted the royal couple as they stepped onto New Zealand soil.

Pleasantries and handshakes were exchanged on the tarmac as a line of neatly dressed dignitaries welcomed the pair.

Prince Charles waved to the onlookers before leaving in a waiting car.

New Zealand Herald Focus reporter Will Trafford says there wasn't a big turn out from the public, but there's a reason for that.

"They keep it really locked down n terms of how much they tell the public. It wasn't heavily promoted. There were people there and they were waving."

While in Auckland the pair will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Mt Roskill War Memorial Park tomorrow morning before enjoying the central city's waterfront the following afternoon.

The couple will then visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds on Wednesday.

Charles & Camilla: Royal tour itinerary 2019

  • Monday - Auckland
  • Tuesday - Auckland
  • Wednesday - Bay of Islands
  • Friday- Christchurch
  • Saturday - Christchurch, Kaikōura

Best chances to glimpse the royal couple

  • Monday - The wreath-laying ceremony at Mt Roskill War Memorial Park
  • Tuesday - The public walkabout at Auckland Viaduct in the afternoon
  • Friday - The public walkabout at Christchurch's Cathedral Square in the afternoon
  • Saturday - The Prince of Wales will take part in a public walk in Kaikōura

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