About 60 people celebrated the arrival of Prince William and
Catherine in Queenstown on Saturday at the ''Royal Garden
Party'', hosted by Peter Doyle.
Mr Doyle said a similar celebration had been held in 1990,
when the Queen visited the resort.
A strict dress code was enforced, ladies being required to
wear a formal day dress with a hat or ''substantial
fascinator'' - off-the-shoulder dresses, halter-neck dresses,
spaghetti straps and dresses with straps ''less than 1 inch
wide'', as well as miniskirts, were deemed ''unsuitable''.
The invitation advised midriffs were to be covered and
trouser suits were to be full length and ''of matching
material and colour''.
Men were advised to wear morning dress or a suit and service
dress was also acceptable.
At the party Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden unveiled
a painting by Thomas Brown of the Queen - part of an
exhibition at his Speargrass Flat gallery.