Croquet, corgis, cake mark the special day

Members of the Tainui Croquet Club look on as Trish Enright, of Mosgiel, hits a croquet ball on...
Members of the Tainui Croquet Club look on as Trish Enright, of Mosgiel, hits a croquet ball on Saturday while Linda Martin, of Dunedin, holds corgis Fergus (left) and Sydney to mark the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
A Dunedin croquet club went all in to celebrate the crowning of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, with costumes, Coronation cake, cucumber sandwiches — and a pair of corgis.

Trish Enright, of Mosgiel, said the dress-up day at the Tainui Croquet Club was organised to celebrate the coronation on Saturday.

Croquet was a regal game and the royal themes were underlined by a morning tea featuring fine china, cucumber sandwiches, an official Coronation Quiche, and a cake fit for a king.

Two members had been designated king and queen for the day and the clubrooms had been livened up with commemorative tea-towels and festooned with union jacks.

Attendees dressed up in a variety of costumes, from tiaras to union jack bowler hats to pearl necklaces.

One attendee even sported a printed mask of the new King.

Two pembroke Welsh corgis — Fergus and Sydney — also paid a visit.

The same breed as the late Queen’s famous dogs, the pair are a sizable fraction of the nine corgis known to be in the Otago district.

Ms Enright said she was a royalist who felt good about the coronation.

She had felt strongly about the Royal Family for many years.

As a child she had gone with her school to see a public appearance of Queen Elizabeth II when the monarch visited Blenheim in 1954.

However, as Ms Enright had always been relatively short-statured, she was not able too see the Queen over the crowds of people.

"I was in tears," she said.

However, her stepfather had taken her to Woodbourne airport, where she was delighted to catch a glimpse.

"I loved her to pieces."

New Zealand was very lucky that the Royal Family did what they did, she said.


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