Prince in for a treat

PRINCELY SHOW: Hairy Maclary (Reuben Tuner) and his bone, watched by Hercules Morse (Adam Tatana).
PRINCELY SHOW: Hairy Maclary (Reuben Tuner) and his bone, watched by Hercules Morse (Adam Tatana).

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy meets royalty on Monday.

Reuben Turner of Dairy Flat will play the lead in a special performance before the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and hundreds of schoolchildren at the Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna from 11.15am.

"I'm excited about it," Mr Turner says. "It is a special opportunity. It's something I will remember and something I'll tell my future grandkids about."

The show was performed more than 50 times to audiences during the season, "so I'm not nervous at all really," Mr Turner says.

"From what I understand, one of the reasons why they chose the show was because the books have such a big following in the UK, and apparently Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy is one of Camilla's favourite children's storybooks."

People will get a chance to see Prince Charles and Camilla on a royal public walk in Lower Queen St the same day.

They will join mayor Len Brown and mayoress Shan Inglis for the walk from the Queen St-Customs St intersection to Queens Wharf at 1.20pm. Other highlights of the Auckland visit include the royal couple's arrival at the Whenuapai airbase on Saturday about 9.30pm, a Sunday call at the Auckland War Memorial Museum for a mihi whakatau at 10.10am, followed at 11am by Armistice Day commemorations and meeting veterans.

On Monday the Prince and Duchess meet Olympic athletes at AUT Millennium at Mairangi Bay at 10.20am, then the Hairy Maclary performance before Prince Charles arrives at Devonport naval base at 12.15pm to see Sealegs amphibious vessels and HamiltonJet technology. The Prince then boards the Hibiscus Coastguard's Sealegs to cross the Waitemata Harbour to visit Coastguard New Zealand headquarters at Mechanics Bay.

The Duchess joins a briefing for osteoporosis researchers and members of Osteoporosis New Zealand at The Langham Hotel at 12.25pm, and both walk down Lower Queen St at 1.20pm.

Prince Charles then goes to The Cloud at 1.30pm to visit the New Zealand Shear Brilliance event, while Camilla visits East Tamaki Primary School at 1.50pm.

The Prince arrives at the University of Auckland's Owen Glenn Building at 2.40pm and is shown examples of the university's research and innovation.

A Diamond Jubilee Trust reception and dinner is at the SkyCity Convention Centre from 7pm.

On November 14 the royals head to Wellington, the Manawatu and finally Christchurch on November 16.

On-the-road activities will be updated throughout each day of the tour via the governor-general's website, facebook. com/GovernorGeneralNewZealand, and on twitter. com/GovGeneralNZ.

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