Prince Charles, Camilla to visit site of Christ Church Cathedral during New Zealand tour

Prince Charles will visit the site of the Christ Church Cathedral following the 2011 earthquakes during his visit to Christchurch next week.

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It will include the first trip to Waitangi by a member of the royal family in a quarter of a century. Source: 1 NEWS

The Prince of Wales will attend a small reception, followed by a site tour of the cathedral on November 22, the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project said in a statement.

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will also visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Kaikōura when they tour the country from November 17 to 23.

"The opportunity to host The Prince of Wales means a great deal to the Anglican Diocese and to the team reinstating the Cathedral, and underscores the significance of the project," Right Reverend Dr Peter Carrell, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, said.

"We know that the Princes of Wales is deeply committed and knowledgeable about heritage and architecture and we very much look forward to showcasing the Cathedral’s heritage and discussing reinstatement plans."

The reinstated Cathedral will appear very similar to the original, and will be safer, more functional, and better equipped in the future.

Physical work on the cathedral site is expected to get underway next April.