Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a great privilege once again to represent H.M. The Queen at this Sovereign’s Parade. It is a great day for you all and for your loved ones gathered here for this occasion.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to see so many of you here today, and particularly so many new faces. I hope that you have already noted one or two actions that you might take as a result of the discussions over the past twenty four hours – and I give you fair warning, the next hour may give you one or two more!

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope I am in the right room as this is quite the biggest venue I have ever had to negotiate!

M. President, Mesdames et Messieurs,

I can only begin by saying how heavy my heart is at the dreadful anguish suffered by those who lost their loved ones in the unspeakable atrocities of two weeks ago and how my deepest sympathy and solidarity are with the French people.

Minister Pulgar-Vidal, Minister Fabius, Madame Figueres, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am enormously touched to have been invited by President Hollande to say a very few words at the start of this crucially important Conference.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be able to join you here today at the Commonwealth Business Forum.

First of all, I did just want to say how grateful I am to Telefonica and Wayra, who have been so incredibly kind and generous and helped so much in helping us to make the most of what Step Up to Serve is all about.

Readers of Country Life are unlikely to need much convincing that this has been an exceptionally difficult year for family farmers, in every sector, or indeed that the future looks every bit as difficult.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm pleased I've had a brief chance to come and see you all in the midst of this enormous exercise.

E Nga Iwi (Greetings to the tribes)
E Nga Mana
(Greetings to the spiritual power)
E Nga Reo
(Greetings to the language)
Tena koutou katoa
(Greetings to you all]
Kingi Tuheitia, Atawhai me te whanau (Kingi Tuheitia, wife and Family) Tena Koe, tena korua, tena koutou katoa (Greetings to one and all)