Prince celebrates birthday in Wellington

20:01, Nov 13 2012
Charles and Camilla
ON TOUR: Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Charles shares his birthday today with more than 14,000 New Zealanders, including the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister John Key's wife Bronagh.

Both Sir Jerry and Bronagh Key will be at Government House in Wellington this afternoon, along with 64 other New Zealanders having their birthday, to celebrate the prince turning 64.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are in New Zealand on a six-day tour as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Anyone with a birthday today, November 14th, was invited to go into a ballot to be one of 64 to share their special day with the prince. About 1500 people applied.

John Key said today he would be at Government House this afternoon "having a cup or tea or a glass of something flash".

He has also revealed his gift for Bronagh for her 49th birthday.

"I bought her a necklace," Key told TV3's Firstline programme.

"If you're watching honey, I hope you like it."

Sir Jerry is 58 today.


The Dominion Post