Plunket families excited to meet the Royals

KATIE KENNY
Last updated 15:15 08/04/2014
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Parents of 10 special Plunket babies will be hoping their children sleep well tonight, ahead of meeting the royal family tomorrow.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and 8-month-old Prince George, will join 10 other first-time parents at a Plunket parent support meeting at Government House tomorrow evening.

"This is really exciting for us and pretty exciting [for the families] too," Plunket president Tristine Clark said.

The royals' whirlwind schedule means the public will have limited opportunities to view the little prince, but this is one event he is likely to attend.

Jenny and Mark Stevens, with their daughter Paige, were very much looking forward to meeting the royals.

Jenny Stevens said Paige was a social baby, and would enjoy meeting the group tomorrow.

"She's the one who's all over the place in our antenatal group."

Wellington area manager Tina Syme said the selected babies were about the same age as Prince George, who was born on July 22 last year.

There were four baby boys and six baby girls in the group, plus Prince George, she said.

The families all engaged in a wide range of Plunket services, and represented a mix of ethnicities.

Once a shortlist was created, Syme said the first 10 people who answered their phones when she called were offered a spot.

The parents' occupations included stay-at-home mums, accountants, photographers, marketers, web designers, property managers, and even a rocket scientist.

Plunket media manager Helen Clifton said there was no wait list for the event.

"We did think long and hard about this, but as the families require police vetting, socialising with the other parents, learning protocols and all the other logistics and details required around preparing for the event, we deemed it not fair to take someone through that process and then not get to attend at the end of the day if everyone else was able."

Clark said King George V had granted Plunket the honour of being the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society nearly 100 years ago, and with Prince George visiting, it was a good opportunity to recognise that link.

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