Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited New Zealand’s national disaster and crisis headquarters today as it deals with the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle.
CAPTION: HRH Princess Anne receives a briefing at New Zealand’s national disaster and crisis headquarters. NZDF photo.
Princess Anne, the second child and only daughter of the late Queen Elizabeth, was in New Zealand to attend the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals centenary event.
“My thoughts are with all New Zealanders whose homes or livelihoods have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle,” the Princess Royal said.
“I have been given the opportunity to visit the national disaster and crisis headquarters today and I am impressed by the major efforts being undertaken by first responders, local and national agencies to ensure the best possible support for everyone, especially those still at risk.
“I admire the courage of the people of Aotearoa during this alarming and difficult time.
“You should all be proud of the resilience, strength and care for your communities you are showing in the face of adversity.
The Princess Royal is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals, which was raised in 1921 and is commemorating its centenary two years late because of COVID restrictions.