Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern married her longtime partner Clark Gayford on Saturday in a private ceremony. The wedding took place in a vineyard in the north of the country. According to New Zealand news website Stuff, they were married in front of about 50-75 guests.
Ardern, 43, and Gayford, 47, became engaged on May 20, 2019, and were scheduled to marry in early 2022, but the ceremony was canceled due to her government’s strict pandemic strategy. coronaviruswhich allowed New Zealand to reduce the number of deaths caused by covid-19 – writes Reuters.
Jacinda Ardern She was the head of government from 2017 to January last year. During this time, she became a global icon of the left and women in leadership positions. She is one of only two women who gave birth to a child while holding a leadership position in the country. She took her daughter, among others. for a meeting of the United Nations.
They were to get married in front of several dozen people
The wedding took place in Hawke’s Bay at the Craggy Range winery on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, approximately 310 km north of the capital, Wellington. Hawke’s Bay is home to many world-famous vineyards. It is also an important area in terms of horticulture.
The wedding guests included: Ardern’s successor as prime minister is Chris Hipkins, the current opposition leader, the New Zealand Herald reported. According to New Zealand news website Stuff, they were married in front of about 50-75 guests.
Official photos show a smiling Ardern in a white halter dress and Gayford in a black suit, holding hands in an aisle between rows of vines.
In her last speech to parliament as prime minister, Ardern told TV presenter Gayford: “Let’s finally get married.” The couple’s daughter, Neve, is five years old.
Main photo source: PAP/EPA/FELICITY JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY