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Momentous birthday with a real royal twist

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012
Tegan
ROYAL RECEPTION: Browns Bay resident Tegan Webb will celebrate her 21st birthday tomorrow with Prince Charles in Wellington.

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Turning 21 years old is a big milestone.

But partying with Prince Charles is not the birthday Tegan Webb had planned.

The Browns Bay resident was one of 64 New Zealanders chosen to meet the Prince of Wales on her special day because they share the same date of birth - November 14.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be visiting New Zealand as part of the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations this month.

His 64th birthday coincides with the visit and Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, who also shares the same birth date, is hosting the party in the ballroom at Wellington's Government House.

Tegan applied after her aunt encouraged her to but says she did not expect to be chosen out of the more than 1500 applicants.

She will fly to Wellington tomorrow with her mother to meet the prince.

"It still hasn't really clicked in my head, to be honest," the AUT hospitality management graduate says.

She does not know what she will say if she meets the prince - "it's a bit nerve-racking" - but says family and friends have given her plenty of ideas.

Getting her photo taken with the royals would be great, she says.

Tegan will celebrate her 21st with friends and family the following Saturday.

The prince and duchess will visit the North Shore for a special performance of Lynley Dodd's Hairy Maclary at the Bruce Mason Centre before meeting NZ Olympians at the Millenium Centre.

Four North Shore residents were selected in total to attend the prince's birthday bash, including Jayne Doherty of Albany, Birkenhead's Matt Sellar and Antony Toledo of Beach Haven.

Applicants had to be older than 18 and born November 14.

Those who met the criteria receive a birthday card from the prince and the governor-general.

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