Music royalty! Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall rub shoulders with opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at a reception at Auckland's Government House

  • Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended an Auckland reception
  • The couple rubbed shoulders with guests including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
  • The celebrated opera singer, 75, sung at Charles and Princess Diana's wedding  
  • Engagement brings to an end the second day of Charles and Camilla's tour 

British royalty met music royalty at a reception for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in Auckland on Tuesday night. 

Charles, 71, and Camilla, 72, rubbed shoulders with celebrated opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at the event at Government House. 

The royal couple looked perfectly relaxed as they chatted to Dame Kiri, 75, over a drink and at one point Prince Charles chuckled at something the singer said. 

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall spent time with celebrated opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at the event at Auckland's Government House on Tuesday night. The prince, who has met Dame Kiri on several occasions, looked perfectly at ease in the singer's company

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall spent time with celebrated opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at the event at Auckland's Government House on Tuesday night. The prince, who has met Dame Kiri on several occasions, looked perfectly at ease in the singer's company

The Duchess of Cornwall and Dame Kiri appeared deep in conversation, pictured, at the reception, which was hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy

The Duchess of Cornwall and Dame Kiri appeared deep in conversation, pictured, at the reception, which was hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy

The event, hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, drew to a close a second busy day of engagements for Charles and Camilla on their New Zealand royal tour. 

The tour now moves to Waitangi, a significant region in the history of New Zealand where a treaty was signed on the relationship between the Maori and Crown.

Charles and Camilla both dressed up for the Tuesday night engagement, stepping out in co-ordinating deep blue ensembles. 

The Duchess of Cornwall cut an elegant figure in a two-tone tunic, worn over a pair of loose flowing trousers, while Prince Charles was dapper in a navy suit and tie. 

Charles and Camilla both dressed up for the Tuesday night engagement, stepping out in co-ordinating deep blue ensembles, pictured

Charles and Camilla both dressed up for the Tuesday night engagement, stepping out in co-ordinating deep blue ensembles, pictured

The Duchess of Cornwall meets (left to right) Rose Tauetule, Camille Nakhid and Falahaulangi as she attends a reception hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy

The Duchess of Cornwall meets (left to right) Rose Tauetule, Camille Nakhid and Falahaulangi as she attends a reception hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy

The Duchess of Cornwall meets Camille Nakhid at the reception. The event brought together influential New Zealanders and marked the end of a second day of royal engagements

The Duchess of Cornwall meets Camille Nakhid at the reception. The event brought together influential New Zealanders and marked the end of a second day of royal engagements

Dame Kiri, who memorably performed at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, was polished in a crisp white ensemble. 

Charles and Camilla started the second day of their tour to New Zealand in the grounds of Government House, where Maori elders Kaumatua and Kuia and performed the hongi - a greeting which saw them rub noses.

A boisterous haka then followed, performed by members of the New Zealand Defence Force's Maori cultural group, while elders explained each step to the couple.

In the afternoon, there was a more serene reception for Charles and Camilla - on their third tour to the country - in the city's Wynyard Quarter, where hundreds of well-wishers sought to catch of a glimpse of the royal visitors, including workers at a building site overlooking the walkway.

Charles receives a hongi, the traditional Maori greeting, from musician Horomona Horo

Charles receives a hongi, the traditional Maori greeting, from musician Horomona Horo

Prince Charles appeared interested in the bone worn through Horomona Horo's ear

Prince Charles appeared interested in the bone worn through Horomona Horo's ear

The prince and the musician spent time chatting at the event and appeared to get on

The prince and the musician spent time chatting at the event and appeared to get on

It was the same walkway where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met an enthusiastic crowd just over a year ago during their first overseas tour as a married couple.

Tuesday saw the first mention of the recent Rugby World Cup in Japan, where England saw off the All Blacks 19-7 in the semi-final before going down to South Africa in the final.

The Prince's Trust was established in New Zealand just over a year ago and one of its ambassadors is Ali Williams, capped 77 times for the All Blacks.

When Charles mentioned the recent tournament at a Prince's Trust Tea in the city's Mantells restaurant, the lock joked: 'We like to share it around.'

Camilla herself attended a tea, where she was told of inspirational work that women and girls in New Zealand are taking on during a Women of the World (WOW) event.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall posed for photos before the evening reception

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall posed for photos before the evening reception

Charles and Camilla flashed a smile as they prepared for the sophisticated soiree on Tuesday

Charles and Camilla flashed a smile as they prepared for the sophisticated soiree on Tuesday

Teh royal couple appeared in good spirits as they made their way to Government House

Teh royal couple appeared in good spirits as they made their way to Government House

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall rub shoulders with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in Auckland

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