John Key and his family have spent the weekend with the Queen at Balmoral. The Prime Minister played golf, while his son Max went hunting with Prince William. The Queen even drove them around the estate herself, before they all went to church. They entered Crathie Church through a side door to the cushioned royal pew. The Queen sat in the middle – and largest – seat, joined by her family – Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The Queen of Norway was also there. Mr Key and his family sat just behind the Queen, in the second row. There was special mention of them made in the service, the reverend talking about the "distinguished guests" that had come from "very far away". Mr Key met with the Queen yesterday and discussed a range of issues, particularly the Christchurch recovery. Mr Key says it was a remarkable experience. Mr Key now flies to Paris for a meeting with President Francois Hollande, before flying to the United Nations in New York.