20 Sep 2013

Key lays wreath at London memorial

9:32 am on 20 September 2013

Prime Minister John Key has laid a wreath at the Bomber Command Memorial in central London to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Mr Key is in the midst of a 12 day official visit to Britain, France and the United States.

John Key at the Bomber Command Memorial.

John Key at the Bomber Command Memorial. Photo: FEATURE STORY

He was joined at the wreath laying by MP Andrew Murchison, a special advisor to the British Prime Minister on World War One commemorations taking place from next year.

Mr Key says Britain and New Zealand will remember the wars together.

"There's an exchange of ideas, making sure that we appropriately pay tribute to those who were part of the war effort from New Zealand and of course those who lost their lives," he says.

About 6000 New Zealanders flew in bombing raids over Europe during the First World War and 1851 lost their lives.

Following the wreath laying, Mr Key held a meeting with Britain's opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband.

He will travel to the Queen's Balmoral residence on Saturday.