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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Christchurch

21 November 2019

People in Christchurch will get the opportunity to meet The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during a public walk in the city tomorrow afternoon.

People are encouraged to be in Cathedral Square from 1.30pm to see their Royal Highnesses.

Another highlight of the day will be a state of the environment speech delivered by The Prince at Lincoln University in the afternoon.

Their Royal Highnesses will receive their formal welcome to the region at the Tuahiwi Marae in North Canterbury.

They will then visit Cashmere High School where they will be joined by the Prime Minister. The head boy, Okirano Tilaia, will make welcoming remarks at a school assembly before The Prince will speak. The Prince and the Duchess will meet some of the students before a private meeting with students and their families who were affected by the Mosque attacks in March.

Following the attacks, The Prince of Wales sent a message to the people of New Zealand saying: “This appalling atrocity is an assault on all of us who cherish religious freedom, tolerance, compassion and community. I know that the people of New Zealand will never allow hate and division to triumph over these things they hold dear.” The message is available in full here.

Their Royal Highnesses will then visit Tūranga library along with the Prime Minister. The Duchess will join a workshop for young people participating in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. The Prince will join a reception for the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust before moving to the Cathedral site to view its progress following the severe damage it suffered in the Christchurch earthquakes.

Later in the afternoon The Duchess will attend an event for the Active Elderly at the Salvation Army premises in Christchurch. The Duchess will launch the Senior Chef cookbook after helping prepare a meal. Her Royal Highness will also see performances by Silver Swans, a programme facilitated by the Royal Academy of Dance to provide ballet lessons designed for the elderly, and the Rockers of Ages Choir.

The Prince and the Duchess will both be in Christchurch on Saturday morning and The Prince will visit Kaikōura later in the day.

Events on Saturday are detailed below.

Saturday 23 November – Christchurch / Kaikôura


The Duchess visits the Battered Women’s Trust, Christchurch

The Battered Women’s Trust is a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting families to live violence free.

The Duchess visits the Botanic Gardens, Christchurch


The Prince visits Takahanga Marae, Kaikōura

The Prince takes part in a public walk in Kaikōura

The Prince attends The Future is Bright event at Kaikōura Memorial Hall

The Prince visits the Hutton’s Shearwater site, Kaikōura

The Prince departs Kaikōura

Marc Piercey | Visit Media Lead | Royal Visit 2019
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