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The Queen speaks with Dame Cindy Kiro, who will be sworn in as Governor General on Thursday. Video / @RoyalFamily

Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro is likely to meet the Queen and Royal Family in person at the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next month.

Kiro revealed to the NZ Herald that she plans to travel to England soon to attend events commemorating the Queen’s 70 years of service – the first British monarch to do so.

“I look forward to an audience with [the Queen] or certainly with senior members of the royal family and I expect to see a number of them at various events celebrating and recognizing his service,” Kiro said.

Kiro was the first Maori Wāhine Governor-General of New Zealand and is from Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Rēhia and Ngāti Māhia.  Photo / Elias Rodriguez
Kiro was the first Maori Wāhine Governor-General of New Zealand and is from Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Rēhia and Ngāti Māhia. Photo / Elias Rodriguez

Kiro, New Zealand’s first Wāhine Maori Governor-General and of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Rēhia and Ngāti Māhia descent, said she was incredibly proud of her British heritage.

Hundreds of events were scheduled across the UK ahead of the main celebrations from June 2-5.

Ahead of her confirmation as Governor General in October last year, Kiro met the Queen in a video which was later posted to the Royal Family’s Twitter account.

The exchange began with the Queen exclaiming, “Ah, there you are,” as Kiro appeared on her screen.

However, time zones momentarily seemed to get the better of Her Majesty, who started the conversation with “good evening” – before Kiro replied with “good morning”.

“Oh, yes, that’s hello, isn’t it for you,” the queen said.

Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro met the Queen via video link in October last year.  Picture / Buckingham Palace
Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro met the Queen via video link in October last year. Picture / Buckingham Palace

The couple continued to exchange pleasantries, with the Queen acknowledging it would be a “great day” for Kiro when she officially took over as Governor General from Dame Patsy Reddy.

In a statement at the time, Buckingham Palace said: “During the audience, Her Majesty invested Dame Cindy with the insignia of a Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and a Companion of the Queen of New Zealand’s Order of Service”.