The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 1: Wellington

The Royal visit to Australia is now over! Harry and Meghan departed Sydney Airport on Sunday morning with the Invictus Games NZ Team on board of the Royal New Zealand Air Force for Wellington. Representatives of the Australian goverment paid their respects and official goodbyes to Their Royal Highnesses before they boarded the plane.


A few hours later, they arrived at Wellington International Airport and were greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (who became this year the first New Zealander PM to give birth while in office). Harry & Meghan posed for an official photo with the IG team before departing the airport.


New Zealanders performed a traditional welcome ceremony at Government House for TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan were greeted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, and received ‘hongis’ from Maori people. They watched traditional haka performances as well as a 21-gun salute from guards who were then inspected by Harry per tradition. VIDEO


Harry and Meghan visited the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to lay a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, before seing the newly-unveiled UK War Memorial in the park. Harry was presented with a Badge in Gold, New Zealand’s highest military honor for his work with injured veterans. Following the wreath-laying ceremony, the couple greeted the public during a walkabout in front of the memorial. VIDEOVIDEO


In the evening, Harry and Meghan had a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Leader of Opposition Simon Bridges at Government House. Then they attended a reception hosted by the Governor-General to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand. New Zealand became then the first country to give women the right to vote. The Duchess of Sussex made a speech on the importance of human rights, what having the right to vote represents for women and her. It’s an incredibly inspirational speech which you can watch below and read here. VIDEO


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