A Maori man training with Ukrainian troops greeted King Charles with the traditional Hongi salute on Monday.
The New Zealander is part of a contingent of Ukrainian troops being trained by British soldiers in Wiltshire, England.
In a windswept field, King Charles and the Maori soldier pressed their noses and foreheads together as part of the ancient salute, a symbolic sign of unity in Maori culture.
The pair then shook hands as they embraced.
Britain and its international partners are preparing the Ukrainian unit with five weeks of basic training before returning to Ukraine to fight Russia.
Several British royals have been greeted with the Hongi on visits to New Zealand, including the late Princess Diana, Duchess Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The Hongi has deep symbolic meaning in Maori culture.
When Maori poke their noses, the tradition reflects sharing the breath of life and is believed to come directly from the gods.
The Maori are the brilliant people of New Zealand and number about 776,000 people, although their diaspora is also in Australia, USA and Canada.
The UK has now aided 10,000 volunteer Ukrainian soldiers, nearly a year after Russia’s full-scale invasion.
The recruits, many of whom are inexperienced, have been arriving since July to train in security before returning to defend their homeland against Moscow’s attacks.
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