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23 April 1983

Among the highlights of the April 1983 royal tour were photographs of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ infant son, Prince William, playing with New Zealand’s iconic ‘buzzy bee’ toy.

23 December 1953

For the New Zealanders who experienced it, the visit of the young Queen and her dashing husband, Prince Philip, in the summer of 1953–4 was a never-to-be forgotten event.

24 April 1920

King George V’s son, Edward, Prince of Wales (who later reigned briefly as Edward VIII), visited New Zealand to thank the Dominion for its contribution to the Empire’s war effort.

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Royal Visit of 1953-54

For those New Zealanders who experienced it, the visit of the young Queen and her dashing husband, Prince Philip, to New Zealand in the summer of 1953-54 was a never-to-be forgotten event. Read the full article

Page 1 - The royal visit, 1953-54

For those New Zealanders who experienced it, the visit of the young Queen and her dashing husband, Prince Philip, to New Zealand in the summer of 1953-54 was a never-to-be

Page 2 - Itinerary

The progress of the royal visit down the length of the

Page 3 - Popularity

 Why was the royal visit of 1953/4 greeted with such enthusiasm by New

Page 4 - The Queen and Māori

 For many Māori the royal visit raised important issues about their place in New

Page 5 - A pastoral paradise

Following their stay in Auckland and visits to Waitangi, Hamilton and Rotorua, the Queen and Duke had a two-day break at Lake Rotoiti before flying to Gisborne and Napier.  The

Page 6 - A loyal people

As head of the Church of England the Queen laid the foundation stone of the new Anglican cathedral in Wellington, and as head of the Commonwealth's armed forces she laid a

Page 7 - Great place to bring up children

On the day of the reception for children at Athletic Park, the Evening Post wrote: 'As the mother of two young children 12,000 miles away, the Queen today assumed the role of

Page 8 - Remembering the royals

Memories from around the country of the 1953-54 royal tour to New

Page 9 - Later royal visits

On 30 January 1954 the Gothic sailed from Bluff and after a brief side trip into Milford Sound, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip departed for Australia. They have returned nine

Page 10 - Further information

Recommended books and websites relating to the 1953-4 Royal

Waitangi Day

Every year on 6 February, New Zealand marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. For most people, Waitangi Day is a holiday; for many, and especially for Māori, it is a time for reflecting on the Treaty and its place in modern New Zealand. Read the full article

Page 3 - Waitangi Day 1940s-1950s

From the 1940s the Treaty and Waitangi began to find a place in the national consciousness. For most New Zealanders, they were of historical interest

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II became New Zealand's monarch on 6 February 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI Read the full article

Page 3 - Royal tours

About three out of every four New Zealanders saw the Queen as she visited 46 centres and attended 110 functions in

Page 4 - Māori and the Queen

Māori ‘were primarily concerned to express their loyalty to the Crown and to win acceptance as New Zealand citizens.’ They were just as enthusiastic about the tour as other New

Page 5 - Changing attitudes to monarchy

The post-war social consensus began to fray in the 1960s. More frequent visits by the Queen and other members of her family reduced some of the mystique. At the same time,

King Charles III

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Page 1 - King Charles III

A huge crowd in the main street of Invercargill as the royal entourage arrives at the Grand Hotel, 28 January 1954

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