Charles and Camilla take first royal walkabout in Wellington

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall made their first public appearance of their New Zealand tour yesterday.

Ferns and feet-power featured at Wellington’s Pukeahu National War Memorial Park when Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall made the first public appearance of their 2015 New Zealand tour (4.11.2015).

The royal couple laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

The park was built to create a space around the National War Memorial, which includes the carillon, the Hall of Memories, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. It opened in April 2015 as a national place for New Zealanders to reflect on this county’s experience of war, military conflict and peacekeeping.

Commonwealth Walkway opened

The final route for Wellington’s Commonwealth Walkway was announced following a ceremonial unveiling of a plaque by Charles and Camilla.

The Commonwealth Walkway connects 32 significant monuments, parks, buildings and historic places along a 9-kilometre loop in the capital.

The walkway in Wellington joins a network of cities across the Commonwealth with the aim of inspiring young people to walk more to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. 

Charles and Camilla then went on a walkabout to greet royal fans – both young and old – who gave them a warm Wellington welcome.

Next door to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is the Dominion Museum Building which is home to The Great War Exhibition, created through the brilliance of Wellington’s Oscar winning movie director Sir Peter Jackson. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey of New Zealand’s significant involvement in the First World War, revealing the desperate horrors and the triumphs of the human spirit through rich personal stories.

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