Large police presence at Weta Workshop as King of Jordan visits

King Abdullah of Jordan, right, pays his respects with Rear Admiral David Ledson during a wreath-laying ceremony at the ...
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King Abdullah of Jordan, right, pays his respects with Rear Admiral David Ledson during a wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Wellington on Monday.

A big convoy of police cars was the giveaway – Jordan's King Abdullah II has stopped in at Miramar's Weta Workshop on his royal visit to Wellington.

The king arrived in New Zealand on Monday, and was hosted by Prime Minister John Key at Parliament on Tuesday.

He and his delegation had a series of events lined up, including an official welcome at Government House, a state dinner hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, and a wreath-laying at Pukeahu National War Memorial.

King Abdullah II of Jordan stopped in for a tour at Wellington's Weta Workshop on Tuesday.

King Abdullah II of Jordan stopped in for a tour at Wellington's Weta Workshop on Tuesday.

But it seems even royalty cannot resist setting some time aside to see the Lord of the Rings exhibits at Weta Workshop.

The king and his delegation took a private tour, guided by workshop boss Sir Richard Taylor.

Abdullah, a former military helicopter pilot and commander of Jordan's Special Forces, will also visit the New Zealand Defence Force's Battle Training Facility in Ardmore.

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