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Royal godmother

Royal godmother

Contact between Māori and the monarch was not always denied. Hariata Pōmare (who was pregnant) and her husband Hare were stranded in England when they were befriended by Queen Victoria. She paid for their food, lodging, and clothing, and became godmother to their son, who was named Albert Victor after Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. The cup and cutlery shown were a christening gift. After the baby's birth and a second meeting with the queen, the family were provided with tickets home, travelling first class on the Statesman. The christening gift was later deposited in the Auckland War Memorial Museum by Archibishop Averill.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: 1932.379, 18191

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Royal family - Māori and the royal family', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/33165/royal-godmother (accessed 30 March 2017)

Story by Megan Cook, published 20 Jun 2012