The silver spoon with a pounamu handle presented to the
Royal couple at St Paul's Cathedral yesterday. Photo by
A visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought
out the Sunday best in the St Paul's Cathedral congregation
Fascinators, hats, elegant dresses and suits made for a
well-dressed congregation of 470 people to match the formal
attire of the duke and duchess.
''It was lovely to see such a spirited response to the Royal
couple. It was great fun,'' cathedral Dean the Very Rev Dr
Trevor James said.
In what has been described as an ''inspiring service'', Dr
James used the story of Dunedin poet James K. Baxter's call
to follow Christ to illustrate the message of Palm Sunday.
''The Baxter connection grounded what we did this morning in
Dunedin. It was good to be able to use that.''
The service was held out of the media spotlight at the
request of the Royals.
St Hilda's Collegiate School head girl Harriet Keown (16)
read from the Old Testament, Isaiah 50:4-9a, while Harry
Wales, Selwyn College Students' Association president, read
from the New Testament, Philippians 2:5-11. The Prayers of
the People were led by Prof Jim Mann.
St Hilda's pupil Emma Cunningham (14) said she was honoured,
but very nervous, to present the palm cross to the Royal
Harriet said the occasion was overwhelming, but it was very
special to be able to do the reading. Dr James found the
Royal couple to be ''very real people''.
''They were quite unassuming and appreciative of the
Fred Daniel, representing the RSA and Montecillo Veterans'
Rest Home at the service, said he was amazed at how close
people were able to get to the couple.
''It was an extraordinary experience. People going up for
communion got right up beside the duke.''
The service provided some wonderful memories, which would
stay with the congregation, he said.
Fay Frazer, of Dunedin, who was in the congregation, said it
was a lovely service and the Royals appeared very friendly.
People could just about reach out and touch them from their
''It's not very often royalty attends a church service so it
was very nice indeed. Her hat was lovely.''
Prof John Broughton, University of Otago Ngai Tahu Maori
Health Research Unit director, helped welcome the couple to
On behalf of the St Paul's Cathedral community, he also
presented them with a silver spoon with a pounamu handle
created by Dunedin goldsmith Tony Williams.