A visit from the royals

Last updated 05:00 16/11/2012
Fairfax NZ

Their Royal Highnesses attend the second half of The Hairy Maclary Show, at the Bruce Mason Centre Theatre.

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Many of about 200 schoolchildren turned paparazzi when Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall called at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health on Monday.

Maddy Hailes, 4, presented Camilla with flowers.

The royal couple then moved into the institute's Mairangi Bay buildings to meet some of New Zealand's top athletes, including members of the Silver Ferns and stars from New Zealand's Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Rachael Jones of Mairangi Bay wasn't expecting to meet the royals and the first thing she told the Prince was that he would look good in Speedos.

Ms Jones apologised to the Duchess, who was wearing a cream jacket, skirt and cape by designer Fiona Clare, for not being able to curtsy in the water.

"I told Prince Charles he would look good in a pair of Speedos.

"He said he would have to hit the treadmill first," she says.

The royal couple attended a performance of Hairy Maclary the same day, featuring Reuben Turner of Dairy Flat in the lead role.

Hundreds of schoolchildren were also at the special performance in the Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna.

The Prince visited Devonport Naval Base and travelled across the Waitemata Harbour on a Coastguard amphibious boat to the central city where they walked down Lower Queen St.

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