In Pictures: Royal Maori greetings through the years

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.

Duke of Cambridge in New Zealand
Here’s the Duke of Cambridge sharing a hongi with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Mark Tantrum/New Zealand Government/PA)
Royal tour of New Zealand – Day One
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)
William is given a traditional Maori greeting by former governor-general of New Zealand Sir Paul Reeves in 2010 (John Stillwell/PA)
William was also given a traditional Maori greeting by former governor-general of New Zealand Sir Paul Reeves in 2010 (John Stillwell/PA)
Charles is greeted with a hongi by Grant Hawke during a welcome ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand in 2012
Charles was greeted with a hongi by Grant Hawke during a welcome ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand in 2012 (Chris Radburn/PA)
The Duchess of Cornwall greeted by Martin Mariassouce during a welcome ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum.
The Duchess of Cornwall being greeted by Martin Mariassouce during a welcome ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum (Chris Radburn/PA)
The Prince of Wales during a Maori welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2012 (Chris Radburn/PA)
Charles again received a Maori hongi upon his arrival in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2012
Charles again received a Maori hongi upon his arrival in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2012 (Chris Radburn/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge received a traditional Maori welcome during a tour of New Zealand in 2014
The Duchess of Cambridge received a traditional Maori welcome during a tour of New Zealand in 2014 (Phil Noble/PA)
Harry during a welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington in 2015
Harry during a welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington in 2015 (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Harry as he met Kairanga Group dancers during a visit to Linton Military Base in Palmerston North, New Zealand in 2015 (Chris Jackson/PA)
Harry also received a traditional cloak during a visit to the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities, in Whanganui (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Maori elder Lewis Moeau performed a traditional hongi greeting with the Duchess of Cornwall at Government House in Wellington, in 2015 (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)
The Prince of Wales at Government House in Wellington, in the same year (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)
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