Royal Visits to New Zealand

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are starting their Visit to the Commonwealth Nation of New Zealand, where his grandmother is the Head of State and Queen of New Zealand, today, and thus, we are taking a look at all of the previous Royal Visits to New Zealand-

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Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the second son of Queen Victoria, was the first member of the Royal family to visit New Zealand, and toured Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland in 1869. Almost 50 years later, after a visit by the future King George V and Queen Mary in 1901, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor) visited New Zealand during his large 1920 Tour of the Commonwealth, followed 7 years later by the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) during their 6-month Tour of Oceania.

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The Queen has visited New Zealand more than 10 times, in 1953-54, 1963, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1981, 1986, 1990, 1995, 2002, the most of any Commonwealth Country after Canada and Australia. Major Tours include the 1953-1954 Commonwealth Tour, more on that HERE, HERE and HERE, the 1977 Silver Jubilee Tour and the 2002 Golden Jubilee Tour.

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The Princess Royal has visited New Zealand in 1970, 1974, 1999, 2006, and 2008, the most notable was in 1970, when she accompanied her parents to a plethora of events on her first oversees tour, in connection with the bicentenary of Captain Cook’s 1770 expedition to Australia.

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The Prince of Wales has visited New Zealand almost as much as the Queen, starting with the 1970 visit mentioned above, visiting again in 1974, and 1981. In 1983, he returned with the Princess of Wales and Prince William Wellington with the Prince of Wales, meeting his brother, Prince Edward, who was a student at the Wanganui Collegiate School. The Prince visited New Zealand in 1994 and 2005, before returning with the Duchess of Cornwall in 2012, on a Tour to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, returning as recently as 2015.

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After visiting with his parents as a child, the Duke of Cambridge’s first official role on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II saw him in New Zealand in 2010, and he returned with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George in 2014, at the start of a Tour of New Zealand and Australia.


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