Just a day after receiving a Paddington Bear toy from Prince William, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins was gifted sausage rolls by King Charles this morning.
Our PM visited Buckingham Palace while visiting the UK for the King’s coronation on Saturday, to see the man himself. The two had a cup of tea and a chat.
After their discussion, His Majesty gave Hipkins a present… a warm tray of sausage rolls! Chris, a well-known sausage roll lover, couldn’t help himself and managed to eat several of them before he even started talking to the media.
“I was incredibly touched by the gesture, as you will see from the fact that there's only two left,” Hipkins said of the savouries, as reported by RNZ. “They were exceptionally good."
Their chat prior to the sausage rolls stealing the show was about New Zealand’s recovery efforts after the extreme weather events earlier this year, which Hipkins revealed King Charles is quite interested in.
“The King has been closely following the recovery from the flooding and the cyclone and so he wanted to talk about that. Then that led into a broader conversation about climate change."
The Prime Minister then revealed that he remembered when King Charles visited New Zealand as Prince back in the 1980s, so the fact he is sitting and chatting with him as The King is unbelievable.
“I remember, and I relayed this to him ... as a very young New Zealander him visiting New Zealand in the 1980s and sort of lining up along the side of the road to wave at the then Prince of Wales as he was visiting.”
"I never ever would have imagined as a child, that one day in the future I would be sitting down and having a cup of tea with him at Buckingham Palace."
King Charles’s coronation will take place at 11 am on Saturday, 6th of May (10 pm Saturday NZT) at Westminster Abbey. For the first time ever, the public will see the exact moment a British monarch is anointed, in the past it has been hidden from public view.