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Royal News Round Up: 3rd November

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In this week’s Royal News Round Up, as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour Down Under officially comes to an end, we look back at the last five days including their visit to New Zealand where they experienced the culture of languages, tribes and nose-rubbing. Over in Africa, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall have set off to welcome back a nation into the Commonwealth.

They Came in Peace

Arriving in Wellington, New Zealand, The Duke and Duchess were welcomed to the country with a traditional Pōwhiri ceremony which involves the Maori nose kiss greeting known as a ‘hongi’.

 

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Outside, a group of schoolchildren waited to greet the couple – one youngster was noticeably shy in saying hello, but was quickly reassured by the warmth and affection of The Duchess’s hand touch and The Duke’s belly rub.

Breaking the Stigma

A Royal tour would not be complete without raising awareness of issues close to the Royals’ hearts. Harry and Meghan visited the Maranui Café to talk to volunteers who are encouraging others to open up about their mental health.

 

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Outside, a group of schoolchildren waited to greet the couple – one youngster was noticeably shy in saying hello but was quickly reassured by the warmth and affection of The Duchess’s hand touch and The Duke’s belly rub.

Welly Wanging

Before the unveiling of 20-hectares of woodland into The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy organisation for conservation in Redvale, Auckland, the couple couldn’t resist the opportunity to test their skills in a tense competition of Welly Wanging or Gumboot Throwing. Splitting into two teams, The Duchess’s team were victorious over her husband’s where the objective is whoever throws the boot furthest is declared the winner.

 

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With the assistance of children, The Duchess celebrated her victory by planting a Kōwhai tree, the flower of which was one of 53 on the veil of her wedding dress, representing each nation of the Commonwealth.

Groundbreaking

In light of last week’s aborted landing in Sydney, the successful trip was blighted by yet another incident. The couple were visiting the Pillars Charity in Auckland that supports children with parents in prison with New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, when a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the North Island of the country in their vicinity.

 

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Commonwealth Reinstatement

As one tour ends another begins. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have jetted off on their Royal tour of Africa, starting off with a three day visit to Gambia to celebrate the return of the country into the Commonwealth after a five year absence.

 

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Rolling out the red carpet at Banjul airport, Charles and Camilla were given the usual Royal welcome, and later visited the Commonwealth War Graves to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 


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