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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive in Rotorua for the final day of their marathon royal tour

Meghan Markle wears a traditional Maori cloak made from pheasant feathers to protect her during pregnancy as she and Prince Harry begin the final day of their marathon royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Rotorua, New Zealand for the final day of their mammoth first royal tour as a married couple. 

Prince Harry and Meghan will spend the last day of the 16-day regional tour in the central North Island town taking in the local culture and nature.

The sound of a conch shell signalled the start of the welcome ceremony at Te Papaiouru for the royal couple before a powerful haka on the shores of Lake Rotorua.

In sparkling weather, the best of the New Zealand leg of the tour, both were adorned in traditional korowai or woven cloaks. 

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband received a traditional welcome to Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island on Wednesday

The Duchess was gifted a traditional korowai (coat), which she wore over a blue Stella McCartney dress

The Duchess was gifted a traditional korowai (coat), which she wore over a blue Stella McCartney dress

Meghan watched on as a number of speeches were read out, welcoming the couple to Rotorua 

The sound of a conch shell signalled the start of the welcome ceremony at Te Papaiouru for the royal couple

The sound of a conch shell signalled the start of the welcome ceremony at Te Papaiouru for the royal couple

The royal couple were gifted the traditional korowai woven coats for their visit to Te Papaiouru Marae

The royal couple were gifted the traditional korowai woven coats for their visit to Te Papaiouru Marae

The Duke and Duchess will spend the last day of the 16-day regional tour in the central North Island town taking in the local culture and nature

The Duke and Duchess will spend the last day of the 16-day regional tour in the central North Island town taking in the local culture and nature

The meeting house of Tamatekapua at Te Papaiouru Marae was full as leaders of the local Te Arawa gathered to meet them.

The royals will later head to the National Kiwi Hatchery. 

There they will get to name a pair of the rotund, flightless birds and meet conservationists protecting the species.

The royals will also take a public stroll through the town’s gardens, go walking through a redwood forest and meet with the local mountain biking community before departing the country.

The Queen previously visited Rotorua in 1954.  

The royal couple were given a traditional welcome ceremony when they arrived in Rotorua

The royal couple were given a traditional welcome ceremony when they arrived in Rotorua

 

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