The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have hosted a palace party for prominent New Zealanders living in the United Kingdom today.
Prince Charles and Camilla held a reception ahead of their tour of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in November as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The reception at St James's Palace was attended by more than 200 guests, including opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, former All Blacks Sean Fitzpatrick and Anton Oliver and world renowned chefs Peter Gordon and Anna Hansen.
New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, Derek Leask, was in attendance, as well as Australian media personalities Jason Donovan, Rolf Harris and Barry Humphries are also to attend the reception.
Australian popstar Kylie Minogue performed a song at the palace, and there was a traditional Maori haka to give the royals a taste of what to expect in New Zealand.
Fitzpatrick said the royals could expect a "wonderful reception" when they arrived in the country on November 10.
"It's a beautiful country, and [the visit] is great for New Zealand."
While here, the Royal couple will attend events and celebrations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as well as making a brief stop in Manawatu.
Charles last visited Papua New Guinea in 1984 and Australia and New Zealand in 2005.
This will be Camilla's first visit to all three countries.