Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are experts at the hongi — and performed the greeting several times during their Nov. 2019 visit to New Zealand!
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Wearing a Maori cloak, the Queen’s son performed the greeting while stopping by the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
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Camilla also showed off her hongi skills on several occasions during the couple’s 2019 tour.
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Meghan Markle prepared for her 2018 trip to New Zealand during her first solo outing at the “Oceania” art exhibit, where she performed a hongi — a traditional Maori nose rubbing greeting — with several of her hosts.
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Artist Sarah Hudson said, “We thought it might be a nice bit of practice before she comes to the Pacific next month, and it’s nice to be able to practice something that’s customary for us.”
It was not, however, Meghan’s first hongi. That came in April this year when she and Harry attended a dawn service on Anzac Day in London.
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Members of the royal family are super familiar with the cozy greeting, which serves a similar purpose to a formal handshake or kiss on the cheek and involves the two involved pressing their nose and forehead together at the same time.
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Prince Harry performed a hongi when he arrived in New Zealand back in 2015.
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Kate Middleton mastered the traditional greeting during her three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014, her and William’s first official trip overseas with Prince George.
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The new mom even bent down to share the exchange with an adorable little girl.
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Prince William is also familiar with the greeting. Here he is receiving a hongi during a visit to Kapiti Island in 2010.
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After exchanging of this greeting, visitors are considered united with their hosts.
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Princess Diana greeted a Maori man with a traditional Hongi during a walkabout in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1983.
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The following day, she was photographed performing the exchange again with a woman.
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Prince Charles combined the move with a handshake during a 2015 visit to New Zealand.
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Harry received a hongi from Kairanga kapa Hake group performer Riria Arapere during a visit to Linton Military Camp on May 13, 2015.
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Prince Andrew performed the traditional Maori greeting with Corpral Evelyn Wairau during a Royal NZ Army Parade at the Palmerston North Showgrounds 1998.
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Here’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, performing the exchange with Esther Kerr Jessop, founding member of the Ngati Ranana London Maori Club, as they celebrated the success of New Zealand women at a 2014 event.
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Hongi roughly translates to the “sharing of breath.”
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The gesture has also been performed by politicians such as former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
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Princess Royal received a hongi from Sgt. Isaac Davis during a visit to the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals and Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps at Burnham Military Camp on November 17, 2008 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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Prince William participated in the greeting during his first official overseas visit to New Zealand and Australia.
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While the hongi can be very solemn and serious, it could also be lighthearted, depending on the occasion.
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Meghan and Harry’s upcoming 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand will see the couple arrive in Sydney on Oct. 16 and then head to the popular tourist spot of Dubbo, in New South Wales, a day later. Then it is on to Melbourne before retuning to Sydney in time for the Invictus Games, Harry’s Paralympic-style event created for wounded or injured armed service members. The Invictus Games runs from Oct. 20 through Oct 27.
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