Sir Jerry off to London for Queen's 90th

  • 08/06/2016
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae

The Queen's representative in New Zealand has popped off to London to wish her majesty a happy 90th.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae are en route to Britain to represent New Zealand at Queen Elizabeth II's birthday commemoration service.

Over the next three days, the pair will attend a variety of festivities to mark the occasion, including the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Pauls Cathedral, the Queen's Birthday parade and a luncheon at Buckingham Palace.

Sir Jerry will also visit Bulford Camp in Wiltshire, where in 1919 New Zealand troops constructed the giant chalk Bulford Kiwi on Beacon Hill, along with laying a wreath a Tidworth Cemetery, where 99 Kiwi soldiers and a nurse are buried.

On the way back, the Governor-General will have a sit down with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to discuss the relationship between New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

Yesterday, the New Zealand Government announced the Queen's birthday present from the country would be a new education centre at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

Although the celebration marks the official Queen's Birthday holiday, the Queen actually turned 90 in April.

Since her coronation in 1952, Elizabeth II has visited New Zealand 10 times, most recently in 2002.