Here’s a royal round up post for days 4-7 of Prince Harry‘s royal tour of New Zealand. Harry visited Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui, and Auckland where he gave two speeches, handed out cupcakes, and made faces with little girls in the crowd. **This is a fairly long, picture-heavy post. Hope you don’t mind.
Tuesday, May 12 – Day 4 – Christchurch:
Harry making faces with little girls in the crowd while on a walkabout.
Harry toured the ‘Quake City’ Museum and sat on a bike that was used to get around after the devastating earthquake in Christchurch in 2011.
Harry visited the University of Canterbury where he painted with students, handed out cupcakes to people, and signed a shed with the message: “Thanks for having me! Sorry about the weather! Best wishes, Harry”.
Harry (via Kensington Palace’s Twitter account) tweeted out this photo of himself working out with the caption: “Casual after work workout in @crusadersrugby gym with @ryan_crotty – H”
Wednesday, May 13 – Day 5 – Linton:
During Harry’s visit to Linton, he visited the Lintern Military Base.
Harry performed a Haka – a traditional war dance.
Thursday, May 14 – Day 6 – Whanganui:
Harry visited Putiki Marae, Whanganui where he met Maori warriors and paddled down the Waka river.
Harry also gave a speech (transcript here).
Friday, May 15 – Day 7 – Auckland:
In Auckland, Harry visited the Southern Cross Campus School where he met and watched a performance by Cook Island dancers (I really like their blue outfits).
Harry then visited the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Centre where he met patients (and totally made this girl’s day, amiright).
Harry then visited the Turn Your Life Around (TYLA) center where he played with the youngins, put his handprint on their sign, and put his handprint on royal photographer Arthur Edwards‘ forehead.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 15, 2015
Harry helped a little girl with her shoe.
Back at Government House Harry met with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as well as the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.
Harry then attended a reception at Government House and gave a speech.
Harry said in part (full transcript here):
- “I have heard so many wonderful things about Kiwis from The Queen, from my Father, and more recently from my brother and sister-in-law following their time here with George last year. I can’t believe it’s taken me over 30 years to get here, but I am delighted that I’ve finally made it. […]
- “New Zealanders are rightly proud of the high esteem in which they are held by the rest of the world, not least by everyone in the UK. I believe this respect is founded on the strength of character and spirit which ties all New Zealanders together. Characteristics which are exemplified by the emergency services and volunteer organisations represented here this evening. […]
- “I would like to end by thanking everyone I have met over the last week for the hugely warm welcome. While it took me 30 years to make it to New Zealand for the first time, it certainly won’t be long before I’m back again.”
Now, I really like Harry, and he has definitely won me over with this tour (seriously, my crush on him is back in full swing), but to keep things fair, I must call out his speech giving skills. He is much better then Kate, but he really needs to stop looking down so much. I want to see your face, Harry!!
Photos: Getty / Governor-General of NZ @GovGeneralNZ / Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal