Lord Louis Mountbatten, Viceroy of India and Supreme Allied Commander in South-East Asia, and his wife Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, visited New Zealand briefly in 1946. The couple touched down at Ohakea air base on April 1 with a large military entourage, were met by Minister of Defence Frederick Jones and officials, then left almost immediately for Wellington and Auckland.
Though Louis went back to Sydney a week later, his wife stayed on in New Zealand for a few days and visited Palmerston North on April 11.
Avro York MW102 was Mountbatten's personal VIP aircraft, modified as a "flying office". It was painted a light duck egg green colour to keep the aeroplane cool!
Photo from the "Mac" Baigent collection, by generous permission of his daughter Jan.