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In Pictures: Royal Maori greetings through the years

The Duke of Cambridge has shared the gesture with New Zealanders on his trip to meet survivors of the Christchurch terror attack.

The Duke of Cambridge received a traditional Maori greeting in New Zealand (Mark Tantrum/New Zealand Government/PA)
The Duke of Cambridge received a traditional Maori greeting in New Zealand (Mark Tantrum/New Zealand Government/PA)

The Duke of Cambridge has received a hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, from New Zealand’s prime minister on arrival in Auckland.

William performed the symbolic pressing of noses with Jacinda Ardern as the pair took part in an Anzac Day service at the city’s war memorial on Thursday.

The intimate gesture has been shared by royals down the years.

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Here’s the Duke of Cambridge sharing a hongi with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Mark Tantrum/New Zealand Government/PA)
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Back in 2018, the Duchess of Sussex received a hongi at an official welcome ceremony at Government House in Wellington on her tour of New Zealand (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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William is given a traditional Maori greeting by former governor-general of New Zealand Sir Paul Reeves in 2010 (John Stillwell/PA)
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Charles is greeted with a hongi by Grant Hawke during a welcome ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand in 2012 (Chris Radburn/PA)
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The Duchess of Cornwall greeted by Martin Mariassouce during a welcome ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum.
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The Prince of Wales during a Maori welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand in 2012 (Chris Radburn/PA)
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Charles again received a Maori Hongi upon his arrival in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2012 (Chris Radburn/PA)
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The Duchess of Cambridge received a traditional Maori welcome during a tour of New Zealand in 2014 (Phil Noble/PA)
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Harry during a welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington in 2015 (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Prince Harry receives a traditional Maori greeting called hongi as he meets Kairanga Group dancers during a visit to Linton Military Base in Palmerston North New Zealand on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.
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Prince Harry receives a traditional cloak during a visit to the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities in Whanganui, on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.
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Maori elder Lewis Moeau performing a traditional hongi greeting with the Duchess of Cornwall at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand.
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Te Rau Baker performing a traditional Maori hongi greeting with the Prince of Wales at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand.

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