The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made special connections
with some of their southern-most subjects in Dunedin
Royal watchers from all over the South came to catch a
glimpse of the Royal couple and a lucky few were able to
share words or a handshake with the pair.
About 3500 people lined barricades in the Octagon outside St
Paul's Cathedral, with children sitting on parents' shoulders
and a few climbing the Robbie Burns statue to get a better
Pat Paget, who came with her daughters Jane Paget and Sally
McNeilly and grand-daughter Karyn McNeilly, said she planned
to never wash her hand again after shaking Prince William's
She was ecstatic when she spoke to Otago Daily Times
yesterday, holding up her hand saying ''the hand that shook
up the future king of England''.
''This will keep me going for quite a while and it will be my
boring dinner conversion [from now on],'' she saidLike others
who met the pair, she joyfully recounted the words she
exchanged with the prince.
''I said 'welcome to our city, sir' and he said `how long
have you been waiting here' and I said 'two hours'.
''He said 'I am glad to see you have wrapped up warm'.''
Catherine was the star of the show, with some debate in the
crowd in the Octagon over the colour of the duchess's outfit
- some settling on ''peacock blue''.
Elisabeth Holst (8), of Invercargill, and her sister, Cara
(10), were thrilled to shake the hand of the duchess and give
her flowers in the Octagon.
''She said happy Easter for next week. She's so pretty,''
Dunedin's Heather Moody was shaking after her conversation
with the duchess.
She offered her a pair of warm woollen black gloves to combat
the cold but her offer was turned down.
''She's very natural - just stunning.''
Ros Fawks, of near Dunedin, said waiting in the Octagon to
see the Royals was well worth it.
''I told her I think George's beautiful. She said she was
sorry she couldn't bring him.''
When Barry Nisbet, of Dunedin, shook Catherine's hand, he
apologised for not shaving.
''I didn't realise I was going to meet royalty. She said it
Margaret Armishaw, from Dunback, who travelled to Dunedin
with her friend Glennis Beyer, of Nelson, said Catherine
''looked beautiful'' and it was worth getting up at 5am to
drive to Dunedin and get a prime spot.
The crowd at Forsyth Barr Stadium was just as elated as
10,000 royal watchers enjoyed the Rippa rugby.
Brendon Jarvie, of Dunedin, who went to the stadium with his
wife and four children, said it had been a fantastic
''The kids are just so excited to see a real prince and
princess,'' Mr Jarvie said.
His son, William (5) said it was ''amazing'' seeing the Royal
couple, especially his namesake Prince William.
Kimberley Brown, a Portobello kindergarten teacher, was
almost in tears while watching the Rippa rugby players
receive their medals.
''I'm very touched for the small children,'' Ms Brown said.
She was impressed with the way the pair interacted with
''It was really nice to see Kate bending down [and speaking
to the players]. They do look really natural. There is no
pompousness about it,'' she said.
Patricia McKewen, of Dunedin, who is in her 70s, of Dunedin,
was impressed with how ''down to earth'' the couple were.
This was different from previous royal visits, when members
of the family were more stand-offish, she said.