Harry and Meghan land in Wellington for a traditional welcome at the War Memorial

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped off their plane in Wellington on Sunday to a very excited welcome.

After the Invictus athletes they travelled with disembarked, Prince Harry and Meghan were greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester.

Prince Harry was given a box by the Invictus delegation, and Ms Ardern apologised for the strong Wellington winds, NewsHub reported.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, on Sunday afternoon to a warm and excited welcome

The couple were greeted again by the New Zealand Invictus team, who had been on their plane and gathered around after disembarking first

The couple were greeted again by the New Zealand Invictus team, who had been on their plane and gathered around after disembarking first

The couple were greeted again by the New Zealand Invictus team, who had been on their plane and gathered around after disembarking first

The couple were quickly whisked away in a silver Mercedes bearing the number plate ROYAL1, and taken to nearby Government House.

Maori warriors in traditional dress were in attendance, and a pōwhiri was performed for the visiting royals.

A pōwhiri is a Māori welcoming ceremony involving speeches, dancing, singing and finally the hongi, where one person presses their nose and forehead against another.

Harry and Meghan will watch a Haka performed by members of New Zealand’s Armed Forces, a group the Prince has performed the traditional dance with before.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were taken to Government House, where they greeted dignitaries with a traditional hongi, where one person presses their nose and forehead to another person's

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were taken to Government House, where they greeted dignitaries with a traditional hongi, where one person presses their nose and forehead to another person's

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were taken to Government House, where they greeted dignitaries with a traditional hongi, where one person presses their nose and forehead to another person’s

Meghan was seen greeting several high profile New Zealanders with a hongi, including one Invictus athlete

The Duchess was all smiles as she greeted people during the official welcoming ceremony at Government House

The Duchess was all smiles as she greeted people during the official welcoming ceremony at Government House

The Duchess was all smiles as she greeted people during the official welcoming ceremony at Government House

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met the couple at their plane, where she is believed to have apologised for the strong winds

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met the couple at their plane, where she is believed to have apologised for the strong winds

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met the couple at their plane, where she is believed to have apologised for the strong winds

The couple will then attend the Pukeahu National War Memorial to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Before they did, the Duke and Duchess met the Governor General and watched a Haka performed by a group from Hato Paora, a Fielding Maori Boys’ boarding school. 

 A military demonstration was performed, and the couple spoke with children from the schools that had attended the ceremony, as well as those in Girl Guide and Boy Scout groups.

The Duchess of Sussex decided against a designer outfit for the day, wearing a black maternity dress from ASOS instead, but she did team it with a trench coat from New Zealand designer Karen Walker. 

The couple will lay the wreath and visit the UK Memorial. Their visit to the memorial will be one of the only opportunities for the public to sight the Duke and Duchess on Sunday, and more than 5,000 people are reported to be in attendance. 

Harry and Meghan will spend their evening at an official dinner, before kicking off Monday with breakfast at a cafe and then heading to the Abel Tasman National Park.

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX IN NEW ZEALAND 

October 28, Wellington

Harry and Meghan will land in Wellington about 3pm local time, and will be headed to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and visit the UK War Memorial before meeting members of the public.

Afterwards, the couple are headed to an official dinner.

October 29, Wellington/ Abel Tasman National Park

The royals will start their day with breakfast at Lyall Bay’s Marenui Cafe, before heading to Abel Tasman National Park.

There, the pair will go for a bush walk and have a barbeque on the beach.

During their time in Wellington, Harry and Meghan will also visit Courtenay Creative – an exhibition, rehearsal, testing and event space in the centre of Wellington city.

October 30, Auckland

The royal couple will have a packed schedule on Tuesday. They will join in on a gumboot throwing contest, visit the Auckland Museum and meet with representatives from the Pillars charity – an organisation that helps the children of prisoners.

When Harry and Meghan wed, the New Zealand government donated $5,000 to Pillars in lieu of a gift.

In the late afternoon, the couple will walk around the Viaduct Harbour for a public meet and greet.

October 31, Rotorua

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend their final day in New Zealand surrounded by its stunning natural beauty.

The couple will visit the Redwoods Treewalk, Rainbow Springs, Te Papaiouru Marae and Government Gardens.

 

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