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Prince Charles tears wreath at Pacific Islanders in New Zealand



Prince Charles wreaths at New Zealand military memorial as he and wife Camila embark on a week-long tour and escape a brother-in-law "car accident" TV interview about Brother Andrew's surroundings

  • Prince Charles looked overwhelmed with emotion as he laid wreath at the Roskill Memorial in Auckland
  • Join Camilla at the event, the first official engagement of their royal tour of New Zealand
  • It is the couple's third visit to the country since traveling to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and again in 2015

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Prince Charles and Camilla arrived today at the Memorial to the War of Mont Roskill, their first engagement on a tour of New Zealand.

The couple laid a wreath at Cairo, southwest of Auckland, which was renovated in 2015 for the centenary of World War I.

Prince Charles appeared overwhelmed with emotion during the event, wiping a tear as he stood by the solemn Camilla.

In 2016 a memorial was erected to recognize men from Niue, an island in the Pacific, who fought with the Maori contingent during the conflict.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Mont Roskill War Memorial in Auckland on the second day of the royal visit to New Zealand

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Mont Roskill War Memorial in Auckland on the second day of the royal visit to New Zealand

Prince Charles laid wreath on Cairo, south west of Auckland, which was renovated in 2015 for the centenary of World War I

Prince Charles laid wreath on Cairo, south west of Auckland, which was renovated in 2015 for the centenary of World War I

The Prince of Wales seemed overwhelmed with emotion during the service

This is Charles and Camilla's third visit to New Zealand

The Prince of Wales seemed overwhelmed with emotion during the service. Charles and Camilla are on their third visit to New Zealand

Members of the Niue city community sang a mix of traditional songs from the Pacific island nation before the royal family arrived.

It is the third visit of the couple to the country since traveling in 2012 to commemorate Queen Diamond's anniversary again in 2015.

After their first engagement, British royals will travel to Christchurch on the country's south island to spice up the city's regeneration from the 2011 earthquake and see the community gather after the March 15 terrorist attacks.

During their visit, their royal heights will also visit the northern Bay Islands region and the southern coastal town of Kaikura, which runs until November 23.

Kingdom lovers can spot a couple during public outings to be held at Auckland's Viaduct Port on November 19 and at Christchurch Cathedral Square on November 22.

The Prince will also conduct a solo outing in Kaikura on November 23rd.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall today meet with Niue Aotaraoa Community Representatives at the Mt Roskill Military Memorial

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall today meet with Niue Aotaraoa Community Representatives at the Mt Roskill Military Memorial

Prince Charles and Camilla meet with members of the Royal New Zealand Army after a ceremony at the Rothsil Mountain War Memorial

Prince Charles and Camilla meet with members of the Royal New Zealand Army after a ceremony at the Rothsil Mountain War Memorial

After first engagement, British royals will travel to Christchurch on the country's southern island to fuel the city's 2011 earthquake regeneration.

After first engagement, British royals will travel to Christchurch on the country's southern island to fuel the city's 2011 earthquake regeneration.

They will also look at how the Christchurch community has rallied after the March 15 terrorist attacks.

They will also look at how the Christchurch community has rallied after the March 15 terrorist attacks.

The Prince of Wales appeared to be smiling after attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Roskill Memorial in Auckland

The Prince of Wales appeared to be smiling after attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Roskill Memorial in Auckland

Prince of Wales waving to members of the public as he attends a wreath-laying ceremony at Mount Roskill's military memorial in Auckland

Prince of Wales waving to members of the public as he attends a wreath-laying ceremony at Mount Roskill's military memorial in Auckland

Before the visit, Prime Minister Jacquinda Ardern said in a statement: 'I know the couple enjoyed the warm hospitality of New Zealand … when they were visiting.

'The Prince of Wales for many years has been a strong advocate of environment, preservation and sustainability. The visit will provide him with opportunities to engage with New Zealanders on those topics and learn more about the ways New Zealand prepares for the future.

Last week, Charles celebrated his 71st birthday in Mumbai, where he received a gift featuring tales of Hindu deity Krsna, narrated in small figures in three bonsai gardens.


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