A First World War hero and commander of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Bernard Freyberg proved to be a charismatic and popular military leader who would later serve a term as Governor-General
Since 1990 Governors-General have represented New Zealand overseas on ceremonial occasions. In June 2004 Dame Silvia Cartwright, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, (centre) and Peter Cartright (right) walked through the Brandenburg Gate as part of Dame Slivia's official visit to Germany.
Sir Arthur Espie Porritt (1967–72) was a transitional figure – New Zealand-born, but a British resident. He was the last Governor-General to wear the full civil uniform. In 1973, back in Britain, he was made Baron Porritt of Wanganui and Hampstead.
In 1951 Sir Bernard Freyberg (1946–52) became Lord Freyberg of Wellington, New Zealand and of Munstead in the County of Surrey. Back in Britain, he was appointed deputy constable and lieutenant-governor of Windsor Castle, where died in 1963.