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New Zealand: Christchurch

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit New Zealand as part of a wider Diamond Jubilee tour that has also taken in Papua New Guinea and Australia.


  1. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall spent the final day of their Diamond Jubilee tour in Christchurch today.

    Despite the devastation caused by the earthquake of February 2011, the mood
    in Christchurch was full of positivity when Their Royal Highnesses visited.
  2. Arriving to a traditional mihi whakatau (Maori welcome) at the Christchurch city council building, The Prince and The Duchess met those injured in the earthquake. Many had been crushed, one woman by a six tonne beam, some were in wheelchairs, and some had had limbs amputated.

    Afterwards Their Royal Highnesses drove around the red zone with the Prime Minister John Key, to receive a briefing on the worst damaged area of the city. They then went on to see the Cashell Mall where freight containers have been painted in bright colours and  transformed into independent shops.  

  3. Music played throughout the city with bands playing 1940s swing jazz music. The Prince and The Duchess were invited to dance with members of the community on a pop-up dancefloor called a Dance O Mat.

    Her Royal Highness, took to the floor after accepting an invitation to dance from Sam Johnson, an undergraduate who was widely praised for organising a student volunteer army to help in the aftermath of the devastating natural disaster.

  5. Ending their visit to New Zealand, The Prince and Duchess visited the 150th Canterbury A&P Show at the Agricultural Park.

    The Prince has a keen interest in farming and rural communities and his initiative The Prince's Countryside Fund which is a unique collaboration of businesses working together to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy.
  6. Their Royal Highnesses sealed the visit by unveiling a commemorative plaque.
  7. This has been a fantastic Diamond Jubilee visit and we have loved every minute of it. We hope you have enjoyed following the updates from Clarence House too.

    To end this visit, Private Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Clive Alderton and Rebekah Clement, Public Affairs Advisor at Government House have summed up the highlights of Their Royal Highnesses' visit to New Zealand in an interview below:
  8. You can view the photos from today's visit below: