Waikanae 92-year-old Rene Fergus chatted with Prince Charles last week - among thousands spread along Wellington's waterfront as the Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall took a stroll.
Mrs Fergus's daughter, Kapiti property manager Ann Middleton, said her mother had no idea she would be among the crowd of well wishers. Her son, Mrs Fergus's grandson Tim Jones, picked her up from her apartment at Waikanae Country Lodge and took her in as a surprise.
"He just asked mum what she was doing on Wednesday and mum said 'nothing' and he said 'well get changed Nana, I'll take you out'."
They parked at Te Papa and walked across the road and found a good spot.
She said her mother had always been a royalist and "she was bouncing off the walls" after the visit. Prince Charles stopped and spoke to her for some time, with Mrs Fergus telling him her great-granddaughter, Daisy, had celebrated her third birthday the day before.
"Prince Charles said to mum 'you make sure you give her my best wishes'.
"Mum was tickled pink."
She also spoke to Camilla and said they were both very gracious.
- Kapiti Observer
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