“To all of our Kiwi followers, sending our very best to each of you on Waitangi Day!” they captioned the post. “As a commonwealth country and a realm, today we honour the spirit and diversity of New Zealand, and we feel particularly reminded of the special time we had there during our tour in 2018. The Duke and Duchess send their best wishes to all the people of New Zealand.”
In the photos, we see both Markle and Harry wearing their ornate traditional robes as they attended a welcome ceremony on the grounds of Government House.
If you didn’t know, the duke and duchess traveled with Invictus Games competitors from New Zealand in October of 2018, while Markle was pregnant with baby Archie, and were greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. They also traveled to the Government House where they were invited to perform a hongi—a traditional Māori greeting in which people rub their noses together—with the Governor-General’s Kuia and Kaumātua.
Just in time for throwback Thursday.