The special meaning behind New Zealand's pregnant prime minister Jacinda Ardern's Buckingham Palace look

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand  made a statement as she arrived at Buckingham Palace on Thursday to meet Queen Elizabeth II and other world leaders at one of this week’s Commonwealth events. The 37-year-old is a great source of pride for New Zealand, as the world’s youngest female leader and one of very few women who will give birth while leading a country. Arden, who is expecting her first child in June, delighted her fellow New Zealanders when she was pictured wearing a traditional Māori cloak.

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes a speech in the Picture Gallery at The Queen's Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, will receive Commonwealth Heads of Government and their spouses in the Blue Drawing Room, where the evening commences with a drinks reception. The dinner will take place in the Picture Gallery where Her Majesty will give a speech. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / POOL / Getty Images) (Photo credit should read JACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford arrive to The Queen's Dinner during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern takes a drink delivers a speech at The Queen's Dinner during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives at the Grand Entrance to attend The Queen's Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, will receive Commonwealth Heads of Government and their spouses in the Blue Drawing Room, where the evening commences with a drinks reception. The dinner will take place in the Picture Gallery where Her Majesty will give a speech. (Photo by Toby Melville / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Queen Elizabeth II greets Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand in the Blue Drawing Room at The Queen's Dinner during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Queen Elizabeth II greets Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand in the Blue Drawing Room at The Queen's Dinner during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: JNew Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) arrives to attend The Queen's Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) arrives to attend The Queen's Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, will receive Commonwealth Heads of Government and their spouses in the Blue Drawing Room, where the evening commences with a drinks reception. The dinner will take place in the Picture Gallery where Her Majesty will give a speech. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 19: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May (C) and the Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland (R) welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at St. James's Palace ahead of the Executive Session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by CHOGM Pool via Getty Images)
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern (C) and her partner Clarke Gayford (L) are greeted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. - Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time today. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern (L) is greeted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. - Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time today. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends the executive session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Lanacaster House in London on April 19, 2018. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R) attends the executive session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Lanacaster House in London on April 19, 2018. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) and Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attend the executive session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Lanacaster House in London on April 19, 2018. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) meets with Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern (R) at 10 Downing Street as the UK hosts the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern arrives at Downing Street for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May as the UK hosts the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern arrives at Downing Street for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May as the UK hosts the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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The coat, also known as a korowai, is a traditional garment associated with New Zealand’s indigenous people that confers respect and power. The significance of the cloak, which is adorned with feathers, draws on the association of birds as messengers from the spiritual realm, according to the Museum of New Zealand. Its appearance in the international arena was greeted enthusiastically online. 

The korowai worn by Arden was loaned to her by the Ngati Ranana London Maori Club, which aims to provide New Zealanders living in the United Kingdom with an opportunity to become involved in their home country’s indigenous culture. As it turns out, it’s not the first time that this very garment has been presented to the Queen. In early March, for the Commonwealth Day Service in Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the club’s honorary president, Whaea Esther Jessop, who was wearing the same cloak at the time.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Queen Elizabeth II greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a receiving line for the Queen's Dinner for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Queen Elizabeth II attends the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Queen Elizabeth II looks on during the unveiling of a panel marking the walkway in Buckingham Palace gardens in relation to the Commonwealth Walkway project on April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Queen Elizabeth II looks on during the unveiling of a panel marking the walkway in Buckingham Palace gardens in relation to the Commonwealth Walkway project on April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Queen Elizabeth II visits the King George VI Day Centre on April 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. The Queen toured the facility and met some of the local residents who use it. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends the traditional Easter Sunday church service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 1: Dean of Windsor, David Conner exits with Queen Elizabeth II followed by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after the Easter Mattins Service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Tolga Akmen - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel on March 29, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor, west of London on March 29, 2018. Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering 'alms' to senior citizens - retired pensioners recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of service to the Church and to the local Community. During the Royal Maundy Service on April 2, 2015 the Queen distributed the Maundy money to 89 men and 89 women one for each of the Queen's 89 years. Each recipient receives two purses, one red and one white. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Steve Parsons (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 27: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attends the decommissioning ceremony for HMS Ocean on March 27, 2018 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 27: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attends the decommissioning ceremony for HMS Ocean on March 27, 2018 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal Academy of Arts to mark the completion of a major redevelopment of the site on March 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Queen Elizabeth II receives the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island Antoinette Perry during a private audience at Buckingham Palace on March 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) greets South Africa's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Nomatemba Tambo during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in central London, on March 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jonathan Brady (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Paul Grover (Photo credit should read PAUL GROVER/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MARCH 8: Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall speak to Princess Zahra Aga Khan prior to dinner at Windsor Castle on March 8, 2018 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II is hosting private dinner in honour of the diamond jubilee of his leadership as Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen Elizabeth II and the Aga Khan in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle before she hosts a private dinner in honour of the diamond jubilee of his leadership as Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 07: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'BANDAR ALGALOUD / SAUDI KINGDOM COUNCIL / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud (L) meets with Queen Elizabeth II (R) at Buckingham Palace during his official visit in London, United Kingdom on March 07, 2018. (Photo by Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 6: Queen Elizabeth II (R) talks with Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Kitack Lim (L) as she visits the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to mark the 70th anniversary of its formation on March 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech at the Richard Quinn Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2018-2019 fashion show during London Fashion Week February 2018 on February 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by British-American journalist and editor, Anna Wintour (3R) and royal dressmaker Angela Kelly, (2R), views British designer Richard Quinn's runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, during her visit to London Fashion Week's BFC Show Space in central London on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui Mok (Photo credit should read YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves after visiting the Royal College of Physicians in London on February 20, 2018. Her Majesty visited the Royal College of Physicians of London to mark the 500th anniversary of the body's founding Charter. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris Jackson (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Queen Elizabeth II greets Prime Minister Theresa May at a reception to celebrate the Commonwealth Diaspora community, in the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London this April, at Buckingham Palace on February 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - Pool/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II boards a train at King's Lynn Station to return to London after her Christmas break at Sandringham House on February 7, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Queen Elizabeth II attends Sunday Service at St Peter and St Paul Church in West Newton on February 4, 2018 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
CASTLE RISING, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Lawrence Church on January 21, 2018 in Castle Rising, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II departs after attending Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on January 7, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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