Prince William will visit New Zealand in July 2005


Prince William has been invited by the British and Irish Lions rugby team to join them on their tour to New Zealand in July 2005.

While he is there, the Prince will also undertake two official engagements representing Her Majesty The Queen in Wellington and Auckland at events to commemorate the end of the Second World War.

The invitation to support the Lions came from Sir Clive Woodward, Head Coach of the touring party, and is for the Prince to spend time with them in the build-up to the second and third Tests against New Zealand, and attend both games.

Sir Clive said: "I am delighted that Prince William will be spending some time with us. It will be a great boost for the team as he is a great supporter of the game. He is going to be with the team for certain periods and it all adds to the sense of occasion around these key Tests."

Prince William, who is currently studying for his final examinations at St Andrew‘s University, will join the Lions squad for the second and third Test matches in Wellington and Auckland, at the beginning of July.

Related content

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at Al Noor Mosque, Christchurch, New Zealand

The message from Christchurch and the message from Al Noor and Linwood mosques could not be more clear - the global ideology of hate will fail to divide us.

26 April 2019

Rugby World Cup 2015

13 October 2015

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at Government House, Wellington, New Zealand

On this visit, I have no doubt that it will be Catherine and not just me who falls for New Zealand.

14 April 2014

A speech by Prince William at the memorial service in Christchurch, New Zealand

My grandmother once said that grief is the price we pay for love.

08 March 2011

A speech by Prince William to the New Zealand Supreme Court

New Zealand’s values are ones that I greatly admire.

18 January 2010