Story: Chatham Islands

A royal visit

In December 1956, while on a tour of New Zealand, the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Chatham Islands at his own request. He was the first member of the British royal family to set foot there. A highlight was a meeting of the Chatham Islands Racing Club. As well as watching the horse races, he mingled with locals at a hāngī.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Pictorial Parade 58. National Film Unit, 1957

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Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - Chatham Islands from the 1860s to the 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/37804/a-royal-visit (accessed 25 October 2021)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 1 May 2015