The Queen, wearing a Balmoral tartan skirt and surrounded
by family photos, meets Prime Minister John Key in her
Balmoral sitting room. Photo / Claire Trevett The Queen,
wearing a Balmoral tartan skirt and surrounded by family
photos, meets Prime Minister John Key in her Balmoral
sitting room. Photo / Claire Trevett
John Key's family went to Church with the Royal family
near Balmoral this morning - sitting in the Royal pews with
Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla as well
as Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
However the baby Prince George was left back with the nanny
for the weekly service at Crathie Kirk.
Mr Key arrived in a Royal green Range Rover with wife
Bronagh, who was wearing a green silk jacket.
Their children Stephanie and Max followed, Stephanie in black
and white with a smile on her face for the cameras as the
cars drove through.
Another castle guest, the Queen of Norway, was also among the
Mr Key's presence was acknowledged at the service and in the
notices on the back of the service sheet, which read:
"In particular we are glad to welcome, on a private visit,
the Right Honourable John Key, the Prime Minister of New
Zealand, along with his wife Bronagh.
The Royal family have attended the small stone church since
Queen Victoria bought it in the 19th Century.
Members of the public are also allowed into the service -
among them Ian Pedersen and his wife Marilyn, visitors from
Mr Pedersen said he was not a big Royalist but it was
nonetheless a big thrill to be in the presence of the royals
He could see the Queen, Duke, Charlie and Camilla from his
"The highlight was just being in the presence of the Queen."
Ed Bushnell, elder of Crathie Kirk, said he had taken the
Keys into the church to be seated.
"It was good to see them, I had a quick word when I showed
them into their seats."
After a final lunch at the Castle, Mr Key will return to
business, flying to France to meet with its President and
- Claire Trevett of the New Zealand Herald, in Ballater,