John parties with the prince

16:00, Oct 25 2012
John ESC
ROYAL PRESENT: John Lovich is honoured to be celebrating his 22nd birthday with Prince Charles who will be in New Zealand for his 64th birthday.

John Lovich never imagined he would meet the Prince of Wales let alone spend his birthday with him.

But the 22-year-old Pakuranga resident will do just that on November 14 after being randomly selected from more than 1500 applicants.

Mr Lovich along with 63 other New Zealanders will attend the Kiwi-themed royal occasion at Government House in Wellington.

He was previously unaware that he shared his birthday with the Prince of Wales but says now he "will think of it every year".

The day marks Prince Charles' 64th birthday and that of Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Mr Lovich who works as a mechanic at the family business says he only sent in his application because his father handed the form to him at work one day.


"I'll probably never get an opportunity like it again so thought I better jump at it while I can," he says.

"I have never had a birthday that big before, normally your 21st is the biggest but my 22nd is going to take it a bit further."

He says the first thing to hit him was the nerves at the thought of meeting someone so high up in the monarchy.

"Then the second thing that came into my mind was ‘what am I going to wear?' and then ‘what am I going to say?'.

"A shopping trip is definitely in order."

Mr Lovich is taking his girlfriend along to meet the prince.

"She rang me straight away all excited, I think she might already be out shopping for what she is going to wear."

He is not sure about the finer details of the big birthday yet but says he is more than ready to dine with the Prince of Wales and even has a few cheeky questions up his sleeve.

"I might ask if I can stay at his house when I do my OE, just crash on his couch. I don't think he will let me but it's worth a try."

There was a huge response from New Zealanders eager to have the opportunity to share their birthday with Prince Charles with about one in six eligible Kiwis sending in an application.

One week after the cut-off date Mr Lovich went online to see how may people had entered and was shocked to see just how many people shared his birthday.

"I thought ‘ohh man, I'm never going to be going, there goes my chance, too many people have applied, it would be like winning Lotto' but I did."

Eastern Courier