ROYAL TOUR: Details of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles New Zealand visit has been announced

Publish Date
Friday, 11 October 2019, 1:53PM

It's shaping up to be an exciting November for Kiwis!

Just a couple of weeks after the Rugby World Cup comes to an end, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will be travelling to New Zealand at the invitation of the New Zealand Government.

And now they've finally released some details about their tour ...

Charles and his 71-year-old wife will undertake an official visit to New Zealand between Sunday 17 and Saturday 23 November, just days after the Prince celebrates his 71st birthday on 14 November.

In a statement released by Clarence House, it was revealed the couple "will visit programmes and organisations working in areas they are committed to supporting. The Prince will focus on young people and youth opportunity, as well as environmental issues – with particular emphasis on tackling plastic waste. The Duchess will continue her focus on key themes including domestic violence and literacy."

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During their time in Auckland, Charles and Camilla will receive an official welcome at Government House and meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

From Auckland, Their Royal Highnesses will travel to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to receive an official welcome and to honour the relationship between the Crown and the Māori people. The Prince has visited the Treaty Grounds on previous visits to New Zealand, most recently in 1994.

They will then travel to Christchurch, where they will see first-hand the regeneration of the city since the 2011 earthquake and see how the community has rallied to support the families affected by the two Mosque attacks in the city in March.

The Prince of Wales will then visit Kaikōura to learn about the profound effect the 2016 earthquake had on the town, especially on the road and rail connections.

At the end of the tour of New Zealand, the Duchess will return to the UK, while Charles will travel to Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands.

The tour marks Charles and Camilla's third joint visit to New Zealand, they previously travelled to the country in 2015 and 2012.