My royal selfie hunt

LIAM HYSLOP
Last updated 11:49 06/04/2014
Nikki Styles
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SNAP-HAPPY: Nikki Styles prepares for the royal tour with daughters Olivia, 5, and 1-year-old Charlotte, plus pet dog Zoe, after her failed attempt to photograph herself with William four years ago.

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Young Wellington mum Nikki Styles thought she'd got a picture perfect memento of her meeting with a handsome prince.

But when she got home from seeing Prince William open the new Supreme Court in Wellington four years ago, she was royally disappointed.

Styles had waited five-and-a-half hours outside the court building, and changed six nappies on her then one-year-old daughter, when she found herself next to the prince. A friend snapped a picture of the special moment.

But back home, when Styles viewed the photo all it showed was some of her hair and the broad shoulder of a man - presumably William.

"It was beyond disappointing," Styles told Sunday News.

"My friend is usually an accomplished photographer and then that happens, I think I almost cried when I got home after waiting so long."

But Styles is determined to get that elusive snap during this coming royal tour, and this time around she won't be relying on anyone else.

"This time, if I get the opportunity, I will definitely be looking to get a selfie because that way I can see that it is more than just a shoulder and a little bit of furry hair," the 32-year-old mum-of-two said.

A "selfie" is when someone takes a photo of themself, or a group of people, usually from a phone camera.

William and Kate start their royal tour tomorrow but Styles is targeting one of their last New Zealand engagements for her chance at getting the shot.

Styles, who lives in the Wellington suburb of Newlands, plans to get up at the crack of dawn with daughters Olivia, 5, and Charlotte, 1, to get a prime place at the capital's Civic Square on April 16 - the day the royal couple leave the country.

"I have studied the map and I think Civic Square is where we will place ourselves and see if I can do one better than last time, taking a selfie rather than on an actual camera.

"We'll get down there and play some games to make sure we're in prime position for when they do come."

Although it is many girls' dream to be a princess, Styles said her husband Aidan had nothing to worry about.

"He's fine with it, I'm sure he's got nothing to worry about as I'm sure William won't be whisking me away any time soon," she laughed.

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