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Duke and Duchess stave off the cold, enjoying hearty BBQ lunch with local school children at Abel Tasman National Park

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have staved off the cold, sharing a barbeque lunch with local school children at Abel Tasman National Park.

The royals were also joined by some of the park's youth ambassadors.

A planned tree planting, which was to take place after the lunch, was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Despite the rain, the royals were in high spirits as they chatted with the students.

Milan Chapman, 15, of Motueka High School, said: "They were very nice, chatty and relaxed".

Pippa Struck, 13, of Golden Bay High School, added that "they were just so calm. You see them on TV, but when you meet them, you realise they're just normal people."

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Unfortunately the weather didn’t want to co-operate with the royals visit this afternoon.

Saskia Gray, 16, an Abel Tasman Youth Ambassador, commented, "It was a great opportunity. I’m very fortunate to have this chance. They acted very down-to-earth, and they genuinely care about the people and the land".

After a group photo, the royals were presented with gifts, including a painting of three tui by Takaka artist Robin Slow, which represents them and their unborn child. They both admired it, with Meghan saying: "Thank you so much."

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The royal couple touched down by helicopter this afternoon on a rainy day. Source: 1 NEWS

The hearty meal followed a trail walk with one of the park's rangers, where the royals encountered cheeky weka and battled the elements as they learned about local conservation projects.

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The weather left a lot to be desired but the company made up for it.


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