We were excited to learn this week that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be attending a lunch hosted by CECC, in Christchurch on Monday April 14.
The lunch will be themed on “looking forward” and will be an opportunity to inform Their Royal Highnesses of our progress to date and our aspirations post-earthquake.
Prince William has taken a personal interest in Christchurch, especially since the earthquakes and it is a real honour to be asked to host the lunch.
We want to make it a highlight of their visit to New Zealand and ensure they are well briefed on our future.
The lunch will be held at the Air Force Museum which is a poignant venue for a variety of reasons.
- The Museum has played a pivotal role in protecting and archiving treasures rescued from various locations around Christchurch
- It is also acting as a convention venue until a permanent convention centre is built in the central city
- Prince William has very strong links to aviation and will no doubt be impressed with the collection in the Aircraft Hall
- The history of the New Zealand Air Force has strong links with the Commonwealth
- One of the planes on display is the DC3 which acted as the Royal Aircraft for Prince William's grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, from 1953 through to 1976!