Watch: Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford meet the Queen, talk New Zealand and exchange gifts

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford have met with Queen Elizabeth II in London, where they spoke of New Zealand and exchanged gifts.

The Prime Minister said she admires the Queen because she has lived her life - and raised her children - in the public eye.
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Ms Ardern said she wasn't at liberty to be more specific about what they spoke of, but said the Queen "maintains a great interest" in New Zealand, especially it's recovery "from the many and various things that we've been up against".

The Prime Minister is being accompanied by her partner Clarke Gayford.
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"I think this is a very important organisation [The Commonwealth] we are a part of and, increasingly in these times, having a chance to talk with other countries about goals we share collectively is becoming of greater importance," Ms Ardern said.

She said she had given the Queen a photograph taken in the 1950s by a New Zealand woman of the Queen touring New Zealand - as well as various food items from New Zealand.

The Queen had given Ms Ardern a framed portrait both of herself and another of Prince Philip.

Ms Ardern praised the Queen saying: "Here is a remarkable leader who has conducted her life in the full view of the public and that has included raising her children and there's something to be admired about that."

Ms Ardern is in England for the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit.

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