New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern remembers the best advice she was given about motherhood, which she said came from Queen Elizabeth II.
In an interview with the BBC, Ms Ardern, who is visiting the UK for the late monarch’s state funeral, recalled her first meeting with the Queen.
On the BBC show Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg, she recalled asking the Queen how she managed to be both a mother and a leader.
“For example, I asked her what one of the things I thought about besides being a new prime minister was being prime minister and being a mother.
‘I said to her, ‘How did you manage?’ And I remember she just said, ‘Well, go ahead’.”
Ms Ardern, who was pregnant at the time, said it was the best advice she received.
“And that was actually probably the best and most, I think, factual advice I could have. You do, you take each day as it comes. And she did,” said Mrs Ardern.
“But I have so much respect for her because now I see what it takes to be a mother and a leader and she did it more often than I did,” she added.
New Zealand remains one of the 15 realms of the Commonwealth, meaning King Charles III is now the head of state for the countries.
Last week, Ms Ardern said she envisioned New Zealand becoming a republic in her lifetime, but added that her government will not attempt this out of respect for the Queen.
“There has been a debate, probably for a number of years,” she said.
“It’s just the pace and how widespread that debate is. I have often made my point clear. I truly believe that (being a republic) is where New Zealand will go, in time. I think it will probably happen in my lifetime.”
Ms Ardern repeated her statement, saying on Sunday that ties with the UK will continue as relations develop over time.
“I think even the queen herself has observed and acknowledged the evolution in our relationships over time,” she said.
“My observation is that there will continue to be an evolution in our relationship. I don’t believe it will be any time soon or soon, but over the course of my life.”