A visit from the royals

19:27, Nov 14 2012

About 200 schoolchildren greeted Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall when they arrived at the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health on Monday.

Among them was Maddy Hailes, aged four, who presented the duchess with a bunch of flowers.

The royal couple then moved into the institute 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 curtsey in the water.

"I think they're going to think ‘Gosh these colonials are a little strange'," she said.

"I told [Prince Charles] he would look good in a pair of Speedos. He said he would have to hit the treadmill first."

The royal couple attended a performance of Hairy Maclary on Monday before the prince visited Devonport Naval Base and traveled across the harbour on a Coastguard amphibious boat to the central city.

Go to northshore times.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video of Charles and Camilla watching Hairy Maclary at the Bruce Mason Centre.


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