Queen Elizabeth death: Jacinda Ardern meets with King Charles, new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and King Charles have met for what she says was a warm, ten minute conversation in London overnight.

Ardern said the meeting at Buckingham Palace at 3.45am NZT was an opportunity to convey the deep sadness felt by New Zealand at the loss of Queen Elizabeth. And it was also a chance to offer condolences directly to him.

She said the King was deeply appreciative, and was moved that Kiingi Tūheitia had come to London.

King Charles III meets with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
King Charles III meets with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Getty Images

Earlier, in a meeting with New Zealand Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro, King Charles spoke of his deep affection and commitment to New Zealand, and said he looked forward to visiting sometime in the future.

Ardern is scheduled to meet with other world leaders tomorrow at a reception hosted by the King for the international leaders attending the Queen's funeral.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Britain's King Charles III speaks with Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, as he receives realm prime ministers in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace on September 17, 2022 in London, England. Foreign dignitaries, heads of state and other VIPs are among the thousands who have visited Westminster Hall to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state prior to her funeral on Monday. The 96-year-old monarch died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Ardern meets with UK PM

Ardern also met with new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss overnight, and the pair discussed the war in Ukraine and New Zealand's free trade agreement with the UK.

The pair met in London at 11pm Saturday NZT, (midday UK time).

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss
UK Prime Minister Liz Truss Photo credit: Getty Images

Ardern said Truss expressed gratitude at the role New Zealand had played alongside the UK, in dealing with the Ukraine war.

And that Truss was keen to see the free trade agreement brought to fruition.

It was the first time they had met in person, however Truss had already met the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta and Minister of Trade Damien O'Connor.

Ardern said New Zealanders could count on an ongoing and strong relationship with the UK.

"There's a relationship there and you could sense that. New Zealand's issues - the things we're interested in, she was very familiar with."