Announced around a year ago, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has been presented New Zealand’s highest honour, the Order of New Zealand by Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.
Within the Order of New Zealand there can be a maximum of 20 ordinary members at any one time. When a member passes away a new one may be added. However, a number of additional members may be added when the need arises. Such members include Royal Family members and members appointed on specific national holidays. This is the membership that His Royal Highness has taken.
As it stands, the Order of New Zealand has 16 ordinary members, nine additional members and one honorary member.
The order itself was created on the 6th of February 1987.