In anticipation of the arrival of Prince William, his wife Kate Middleton and their son Prince George, we take a look at images tracing the history of royal visits to NZ.
Beginning in 1869 with an illustration of the Duke and Edinburgh arriving to our shores, up to Prince William's last visit here in 2011 following the Christchurch earthquake, and, of course, the iconic family shot on the lawns of Government House, we've pulled together the best pics over the ages.
Image 1 of 28 1869 - The HMS Galatea, bringing the Duke of Edinburgh, saluted by other vessels in the port of Auckland, New Zealand. Photo / NZH Image 2 of 28 1901 - The visit of the future King George V and Queen Mary, Auckland, New Zealand. Photo / File Image 3 of 28 1920 - Royal tour of New Zealand by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII). Image 4 of 28 1927 - Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) visit New Zealand. Photo / NZH Image 5 of 28 1953 - Queen Elizabeth II broadcasting her Christmas message on the radio, to the Commonwealth from Government House, New Zealand. Photo / NZH Image 6 of 28 1954 - Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh standing on the steps of Parliament, New Zealand. Photo / NZH Image 7 of 28 1958 - Her Majesty The Queen Mother, walking around the grounds of the A & P Showgroundswith the Mayor Mr L. G. Thompson during her visit to Kaitaia. Image 8 of 28 1963 - Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by Keith Holyoake, at St James Theatre in Auckland. Photo / NZH Image 9 of 28 1970 - Prince Charles square-dancing with Miss Anne Harre (Left) of Kohimarama, and Miss Mary Picot, of St Heliers, New Zealand. Photo / NZH Image 10 of 28 1970 - Prince Charles and Princess Anne visit New Zealand. Photo / NZH Image 11 of 28 1977 - 'When are you going to release your hair,' quipped the Duke of Edinburgh when he found Mrs Lynne White with her hair in curlers in New Plymouth Image 12 of 28 1977 - The Queen meeting senior pupils of St Cuthbert's College and the Diocesan High School for Girls, New Zealand. Photo / NZH Image 13 of 28 1981 - Queen Elizabeth II inspects troops during her tour of New Zealand. Image 14 of 28 1981 - Queen Elizabeth II talks to Niue Island performers in Auckland, New Zealand. Image 15 of 28 1982 - Prince Edward visits New Zealand. Photo / NZ Woman's Weekly Image 16 of 28 1983 - Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Waitangi. Photo / File Image 17 of 28 1983 - Princess Diana receiving a nose press or hongi from Susan Piper, aged 16, during the royal welcome at Eden Park. Photo / NZH Image 18 of 28 1983 - Prince William arriving in New Zealand with his nanny Barbara Barnes. Photo / Getty Images Image 19 of 28 1983 - Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Prince William on the front lawn of Government House, New Zealand. Photo / NZH Image 20 of 28 1990 - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visit New Zealand. Image 21 of 28 1995 - Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute wood carving school in Rotorua. Image 22 of 28 2002 - The Queen with official party at Rehua Marae Christchurch. Image 23 of 28 2005 - Prince William with the All Blacks in New Zealand. Photo / NZH Image 24 of 28 2007 - Ceremony to honour the gallantry of Lance Sergeant Haane Manahi at Te Papiouru Marae, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua, attended by the Duke of York Princ Image 25 of 28 2009 - Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, the youngest of Queen Elizabeth IIs children, visits New Zealand. Photo / Getty Images Image 26 of 28 2010 - Prince William cooking with John Key in New Zealand. Photo / NZPA Image 27 of 28 2011 - Prince William visiting Christchurch, New Zealand. Image 28 of 28 2012 - The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, with Manawatu mayor Margaret Kouvelis during their visit to Feilding. Photo / NZH
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For more images of William's visit to NZ check out the gallery here.
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