This will be Charles and Camilla’s third time visiting the Pacific nation together, and it comes after Prince William travelled to the country to pay his respects to victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings back in April.
Specific dates have not yet been announced and more will be revealed in due course, Clarence House says. It’s possible this year’s royal visit could coincide with Charles's birthday on Nov. 14. That wouldn't be unusual, since he spent his 64th birthday in New Zealand in 2012.
From the sounds of things, it seems like the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will be speaking to issues very close to Charles’s heart: sustainability, conservation and the environment. The visit will be made at the request of the New Zealand government.
“I am delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to New Zealand,” the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said in a statement. “I know that the coupel have greatly enjoyed New Zealanders’ warm hospitality and manaakitanga when they visited previously. The Prince of Wales has been a strong advocate for the environment, conservation and sustainability for many years. This visit will provide opportunities for him to engage with New Zealanders on those subjects, and to learn more about the ways in which New Zealand is preparing for the future.”
Manaakitanga is a Māori word referring to the unique New Zealand welcomes visitors and the hospitality it extends.
Charles and Camilla were last in New Zealand in 2015, and previously visited together in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Before William’s quick trip to the country in April, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were the last royals to visit New Zealand. They did so on their tour of the country, Australia, Tonga and Fiji last year.
In the meantime, Charles and Camilla started their summer holiday this week. Charles has one remaining solo engagement on July 27 before the couple start their vacation. While it’s not known where they’ll spend their holiday, they will likely do so at Balmoral in Scotland with the Queen and Prince Philip.
William is also on holiday, having jetted off to the Caribbean island of Mustique with Duchess Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to celebrate George’s sixth birthday. Royal watchers will next get to see William and Kate when the two take a brief break from their vacation to compete in The King’s Cup regatta on Aug. 9.