Prince William Meets With New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
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Prince William has welcomed New Zealand's Jacinda Arden on her first trip to the U.K. since the pandemic.

The Duke of Cambridge held an audience to the young prime minister this morning at Kensington Palace. In a photo released by the palace, the pair smile as they chat, while sitting on a pair of sofas at the duke's London residence.

William wears a classic navy suit and a blue dress shirt sans tie, while Ardern wears a floral maxi dress with elbow-length sleeves.

Ardern has visited London for talks with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, regarding trade and the ongoing war in Ukraine. After meeting yesterday, the pair issued a joint statement condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine and committing to "working harder to support an international [trading] system."

The Kensington Palace audience was the first meeting between Prince William and Prime Minister Ardern since the duke traveled to New Zealand in April 2019, in the wake of the tragic shootings at two mosques in the city Christchurch. During his visit, the duke met with the victims of the shootings and laid a wreath on the cenotaph at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth.

In 2017, Ardern became the youngest female head of government at age 37 upon her election to New Zealand's highest office. Significant moments during her tenure include the passing of strict gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack, as well as the country's swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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