Royal blunder: Camilla’s awkward choice causes Maori warrior to wince

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The pair arrived at Government House in Auckland to receive the traditional Maori welcome on Tuesday. Typical of the culture, members of the armed forces welcomed the pair by pressing their forehead and nose against their guests.

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However, Camilla seemed to pick the wrong hat for the occasion which caused one of the Maori warrior’s to wince as he pressed his forehead against hers.

A welcoming and a haka followed whereby Charles took the royal salute and went onto insect the guard.

Following the welcoming, the Duchess paid tribute to the staff at the New Zealand domestic violence charity.

The charity stands for safer homes in New Zealand and helps adults and children of domestic abuse.

Camilla Duchess of CornwallCamilla Duchess of Cornwall (Image: REUTERS)

Camilla causes awkward momentCamilla causes awkward moment (Image: PA)

She said: “'You're all doing a brilliant job.

“Just listening to the survivors is so important.

“Hopefully today we can up the ante and raise a bit of awareness.”

Also speaking at the event was adult safety programme facilitator, Deanne Tindall, who spoke of her gratitude for the royal’s specific focus on domestic violence.

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Camilla and Charles are on a eight-day tour of the countryCamilla and Charles are on a eight-day tour of the country (Image: AFP)

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Ms Tindall said: “I just feel so grateful that she's chosen domestic violence to focus on.

“It's not a

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