The parents of 8-month-old Eden Alve hope she will share her
toy bunny, named George, with the newest royal heir to the
throne during a special playdate tomorrow.
Eden and nine other babies will join George and his parents
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a coffee group arranged
by Plunket, to be held at Government House in Wellington
Governor-General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae and
his wife Lady Janine will also be at the function.
Eden's parents, Ingrid and David, were stunned when they
received the call from senior Plunket nurse Tina Symes
inviting them to the function.
"We were quite surprised - delighted obviously - but it was a
bit surreal, a tiny corner of the country and they called
us," Ms Alve said.
Eden would be wearing a "royal blue" dress made for her by
She and George were born a week apart and through her
pregnancy, Ms Alve said she would look at photos of Catherine
and "compare bumps".
The couple bought a toy bunny for Eden while they were
travelling through the Netherands, and after the little
prince was born, they named it George.
"Hopefully George will play with it," Mr Alve said.
They were looking forward to meeting the royal couple
tomorrow, he said.
"Hopefully it'll be pretty relaxed and we'll just talk to
them like we do with our normal Plunket group - they seem
pretty chilled out and down to earth," he said.
The parents said they would have to "play it by ear" if Eden
crawled over to Prince George and planted a big kiss on him.
"The greatest thing about the event is that it's just all
babies getting together and being babies," Mr Alve said.
It was a great opportunity for Eden knowing as she grows up,
that she played with the future king, he said.
But they were concerned that media would focus on her and the
other babies in the future because of the event.
They would not describe themselves as royalists, but did like
the idea of a Monarchy.
Ms Symes was in charge of choosing 10 babies to attend the
She chose children born in July - the same month as George.
There was also an even split of boys and girls and a range of
ethnicities to reflect the community.
When she called all the parents on the shortlist "nobody said
no to the invite", she said.
"They were all thrilled."
- By Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ