Queen of England Elizabeth II. Photo / AP
New Zealand’s top diplomat in the UK has had a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II to mark her appointment to the role.
Bede Corry recently took office as New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, and yesterday met the British monarch on a video call.
It comes days after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also revealed that she had received a phone call from Her Excellency, who was checking in to check-in to see how New Zealand was doing and wishing everyone a “pleasant break”.
Arden said in an Instagram post, the Queen shared memories from her time when she once visited New Zealand during the holiday season.
Corry’s audience seemed more formal.
“Today I am given the immense privilege of having a Private Hearing with Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand,” Corry wrote on Twitter.
“I am proud to wear the Ngāi Tahu Korowai to mark this event with a graceful gift from Your Excellency @RoyalFamily.”
The Royal Family also issued a statement at the meeting.
“Mr Bede Corry was received by the Queen via video link this afternoon following his appointment as High Commissioner for New Zealand in London.”
The Queen and Prince Philip, meanwhile, have changed their Christmas plans for the first time in decades and will spend the holiday season at Windsor Castle, a statement from Buckingham Palace said.
The royal family traditionally celebrates Christmas at Queen Sandringham’s estate in Norfolk, but a pandemic forces them to make big changes.
The Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, may be able to see a few family members briefly, but tend to spend most of the festive celebrations alone.