The visit by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been facilitated by RNZAF flights within New Zealand. A Boeing 757 of No. 40 Squadron brought the Royal couple to Wellington on 07 April; the Squadron also flew them into Woodbourne (Blenheim airport) for the visit to Blenheim; and the 757 has carried them for the Auckland and South Island visits.
RNZAF staff have also participated in a number of other aspects of the visit, including the powhiri and welcome at Government House and the wreath-laying in Blenheim, while a number of Air Force families at Base Auckland enjoyed a ‘meet and greet’ with Their Royal Highnesses on Friday 11 April.
The last Air Force-related event on the ground was a visit to the Air Force Museum at Wigram, which is functioning as Christchurch’s major events centre. While there, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Museum and unveiled a plaque dedicating the RNZAF Memorial Wall and Garden of Memories. The Duke of Cambridge is an RAF pilot and has enjoyed meeting our Air Force personnel during his visit.