New Zealand PM chats with Her Majesty

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday (April 29) that she received a message from Queen Elizabeth--

who was was eager to "touch base" and see how the country was faring, as it emerges from its lockdown.


"And so while it's not general practice to comment on any, to any detailed degree on the conversation, what I came away with was a very genuine and strong sense that her Majesty is really interested in how we're doing and was heartened to hear that we're doing okay."

New Zealand was under a strict lockdown that saw offices, schools, malls, restaurants, playgrounds and all other public areas shut for more than a month.

The lockdown was lifted on Tuesday (April 28).

Ardern has ridden a wave of popular support in her country for its early and aggressive policy of almost total isolation.