The Duchess arriving.
The event was hosted by the Prime Minister. The PM has been incredibly warm and supportive throughout the visit, making as much time in her hectic schedule as possible to accompany the couple during engagements. Earlier today, she joined them for a visit to local charity Pillars and for a busy walkabout. She gifted Meghan a special pair of Boh Runga earrings, which the Duchess has worn several times. In return, Meghan gave her a copy of Together, the Grenfell cookbook she helped bring to life with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. The PM said she had "enjoyed" chatting with the couple about mental health, conservation and New Zealand youth. She added she left feeling "very genuine passion" from both of them on the issues they discussed.
Lizzie Robinson reported: "New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said the royal tour has increased her "admiration" for Meghan. She says: "It can be a tiring thing and she's brought such warmth and grace on this visit...it hasn't slowed her down or the amount they've been out and about so that's much appreciated."
The reception included cultural performances and entertainment by members of the Pasifika community living in Auckland.
Enjoying the performance.
A sweet shot of Harry and Meghan.
Given Harry's role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, we've seen a key focus on championing young people throughout the tour.
The Mail Online reports:
'The couple watched an energetic performance from dancers SaintzUp and singers Tone6, with Harry nodding his head and tapping his foot as he got into the Polynesian rhythm. As they gave the performers a rapturous round of applause, young people aged 17-25 were arranged into small groups so they could come and mingle.
The Duke told them: 'You guys are amazing', while Meghan asked: 'What issues are you working on?' Hearing about their concerns about the environment, diversity and mental health, the duke, who is now a commonwealth youth ambassador, told them he hoped to 'make people more aware of some of the issues that matter to you guys'.
Encouraging them to continue speaking out for their generation, he said: 'This energy, this connectivity, it's all here in you.' The Duchess listened closely to a group from charity Inspiring Stories, as young women spoke to her about empowering indigenous minorities, getting young people involved in politics, and mental health.'
Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand's first Museums. The Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand's top three heritage libraries. It has pre-eminent Māori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections.
During a speech, Harry said:
"In my role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, it is a privilege to champion so many exceptionally talented young leaders across all 53 countries; your voices are being heard, and each and every one of you is making this change happen."
A 20 minute video from the reception including speeches.
The Duchess wore her very chic navy Antonio Berardi dress.
Meghan debuted the piece for a charity polo match last year. The two outings showcase the versatility of the garment.
The navy Antonio Berardi Double Breasted Sleeveless Dress features distinctive button detailing, high-low detail, a roundneck, faux flap pockets and back zip closure. The designer described the dress this way: "This dress is peppered with masculine touches - the double-breasted front is a nod to classic suiting. It falls to an asymmetric hem that moves beautifully with each step."
Meghan accessorised with a pair of statement earrings and opted for a brighter lip shade.
Suffolk based jewellery designer Emily Mortimer confirmed they are her £350 Nova Gold White Topaz earrings.
Meghan carried a navy clutch.
And wore her trusty Aquazzura Deneuve pumps in nude.
It's been a fantastic day in Auckland. To view this morning's post on Harry and Meghan's a visit to the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of the Carol Whaley native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy click here. The royals also enjoyed a private meeting with an inspirational young woman. Meghan wore a Karen Walker jacket and J Crew jeans.
In the afternoon, they joined the PM to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison through the provision of special mentoring schemes. Afterwards, they spent 40 minutes meeting locals during a walkabout. Meghan wore her Burberry trench and a soft blush Brandon Maxwell dress. Click here to view the post.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 31 October is the final day of the tour. Below, a look at what's in store:
- The final day of the tour will take place in Rotorua, a town set on Lake Rotorua, renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. The Duke and Duchess will firstly visit Te Papaiouru Marae, for a formal pōwhiri and luncheon.
- Next, The Duke and Duchess will head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme. Kiwi, which are New Zealand’s national bird, have become increasingly endangered in recent years, and Their Royal Highnesses will meet conservationists working to protect the species. They will also have the opportunity to name two young kiwi chicks at Rainbow Springs.
- Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public gathered there.
- They will then travel to Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua. The treewalk is a 700m-long walkway of suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees. The forest is also the home to a thriving mountain biking community that draws people of all ages to the Redwoods. The Duke and Duchess will learn more about the forest’s history as they take on the tree walk, and will then meet invited representatives of the local biking community under the forest canopy.
- Harry and Meghan will return to Auckland that evening, before departing for London the following day.
What do you think of the couple's day in Auckland?