Jacinda Ardern wears sentimental dress; Prince William sends thanks for her support

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sits at her desk for the last time as Prime Minister at Parliament on January 25, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sits at her desk for the last time as Prime Minister at Parliament on January 25, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Outgoing New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern left parliament for the last time as prime minister on Wednesday amidst applause and hugs from those waiting to say farewell.

Eagle-eyed Wellington-based design Deryn Schmidt spied her Labour-red, tie-front dress originally worn by Ardern as she made her first speech as incoming Prime Minister in 2017. 

 

In a sentimental move, Ardern re-wore the dress today for her final exit from parliament.

 

“I thought, that dress looks familiar. It’s a classic look and it was so nice to see her re-wear it,” said the designer.

“It’s clever, from her perspective. She’s representing that idea of reusable rather than throw-away [fashion].”

One of the youngest holders of public office, Ardern became an international symbol for how to integrate work and personal life.

Britain’s Prince William and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Ardern’s departure from her role received global attention. Even the royal family acknowledged Ardern’s hardwork, with the Prince and Princess of Wale sharing on their official Twitter account: “Thank you @jacindaardern for your friendship, leadership and support over the years, not least at the time of my grandmother’s death. Sending you, Clarke and Neve our best wishes. W & C.”
 
Prince William has often called on Ardern for support. Most recently, to stand in for him in New York, while he was mourning the loss of his grandmother, the Queen. 
 

 

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