Get ready for Royalmania … Meghan and Harry are on their way to New Zealand.
If you’re hoping for a glimpse of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, there’s just a few chances on their whirlwind New Zealand tour.
The Royal tour schedule
The Duke and Duchess arrive in New Zealand on Sunday 28th October, beginning their royal duties in Wellington. They will be greeted by PM Jacinda Ardern.
It’s immediately off to a traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House. Following the welcome, their Royal Highnesses then visit the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. It is expected that there will be a public walkabout in Memorial Park.
That evening the Royals will attend a reception hosted by the Governor General celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand (hey, where was our invite?).
On Monday 29th October, Meghan and Harry will experience Wellington’s cafe culture at the iconic Maranui Cafe, talking with youth from several mental health projects.
The Royal couple are then whisked away to the beautiful surrounds of Abel Tasman National Park, where they will again be greeted by a traditional welcome ceremony before exploring a trail walk followed by a barbeque lunch and tree planting with local children (wait, all of that is BEFORE lunch!).
Back in Wellington, Meghan and Harry will visit Courtenay Creative for an evening celebrating the Capital’s arts scene and meeting young creatives demonstrating their skills in props, make-up, and costume.
On Tuesday 30th October, the Royal couple are off to Auckland, where they will dedicate 20 hectare area of native bush on the North Shore to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. This is followed by a ‘welly-wanging’ contest with children from the ‘Trees in Survival’ group and is sure to provide plenty of photo opportunities for the media.
Meghan and Harry along with Jacinda Ardern then visit Pillars, a New Zealand charity that supports children who have a parent in prison, meeting some of the children who have benefitted from fuding that was given to the group as a wedding present from the NZ Government.
In the afternoon, it’s a chance for Aucklanders to meet The Duke and Duchess at Viaduct Harbour. Back on the official engagement trail and next up is a PM’s reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum including cultural performances from the Pasifika community. The reception will also be attended by young people who are making significant contributions to the wellbeing of their communities.
The last day of the NZ Royal tour is Wednesday 31st October. Their Royal Highnesses have a busy day in Rotorua, first visiting Te Papaiouru Marae, for a formal pōwhiri and luncheon.
Then it’s off to Rainbow Springs for a couple of turns on the Big Splash (just kidding but wouldn’t that be awesome!). Meghan and Harry will meet conservationists working to protect kiwi and they will get the chance to name two young kiwi chicks (Kate and Will?).
Unfortunately the Royal couple don’t get to spend the whole day having fun at Rainbow Springs as that afternoon they have a public walkabout in Government Gardens (scheduled for between 3.30 and 4pm). Then it’s a chance to explore Redwoods Treewalk before meeting some keen mountain bikers.
Their Royal Highnesses return to Auckland that evening, jetting off to London on Thursday 1st November.
Will you be attending any events or trying to catch a glimpse of Meghan and Harry? Have you met any other members of the Royal Family?
This article was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ. Sources include www.royal.uk
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