Princess Anne in New Zealand

princess royal anneBy Chatham House - CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Princess Royal is currently in New Zealand.

Her itinerary has changed somewhat following cyclone Gabrielle. A meeting with representatives of the New Zealand army was cancelled, but instead, Princess Anne visited the National Crisis Management Centre, where she spoke with people who were working to repair the damage caused by the cyclone.

She released a statement shortly after she visited the National Crisis Management Centre. “My thoughts are with all New Zealanders whose homes or livelihoods have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. I have been given the opportunity to visit the national disaster and crisis headquarters today, and I am impressed by the major efforts being undertaken by first responders, local and national agencies to ensure the best possible support for everyone, especially those still at risk. I admire the courage of the people of Aotearoa during this alarming and difficult time. You should all be proud of the resilience, strength and care for your communities you are showing in the face of adversity. Kia Kaha.”

Princess Anne is with her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence.

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