Royal Garden Party

Peter Doyle (left) and Thomas Brown with a portrait of the Queen, painted by  Brown in honour of...
Peter Doyle (left) and Thomas Brown with a portrait of the Queen, painted by Brown in honour of the Royal tour. The portrait was unveiled at Mr Doyle's ''Royal Garden Party'' on Sunday afternoon by Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden. Photos by...
Annie Cavanagh and Sheryll FordeTony Perriam and Dianne Douglas, both of Invercargill.
Annie Cavanagh and Sheryll FordeTony Perriam and Dianne Douglas, both of Invercargill.
Tony Perriam and Dianne Douglas, both of Invercargill.
Tony Perriam and Dianne Douglas, both of Invercargill.
Kathleen Brentwood, Cheryl Collie and Robyn Lee.
Kathleen Brentwood, Cheryl Collie and Robyn Lee.
John and Ann Mann.
John and Ann Mann.
David Clark and Lyall McGregor.
David Clark and Lyall McGregor.
Ella Wilson  with Tas and Kate Dawson.
Ella Wilson with Tas and Kate Dawson.
Jill and Richie Wilson and Ann McGregor.
Jill and Richie Wilson and Ann McGregor.
Sarah Strain  with Sally Hogg and Jenny Lynch.
Sarah Strain with Sally Hogg and Jenny Lynch.

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.

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