Long wait was royally worth it

12:19, Apr 10 2014
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Stephanie Stratton, Gina Burney and Jeanette Abelen wait for the royals in Blenheim.
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Jane Learning waits in the rain for the royals in Blenheim,.
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Georgia Richard, aged 10, Claire Bowers aged 5 and Lilah Bowers aged 10 from Springland school wait for the royals in damp Blenheim.
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Dedicated royalists Ashley Hoey, and Jane Leaning from Nelson have been camped out in the front row of the walkabout route since 7am. Leaning has seen the Queen Mother, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. She said she wrote to them often, wishing them well on occasions such as the birth of babies. "They always write back."
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From left, Alex Phelps, 7, Charlotte Thompson, 7, Tilly Phelps, 5, and Jake Thompson were among the crowds waiting for the royals. Charlotte had also drawn a picture for the occasion.
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Five-year-old Gracie Wickens from Blenheim is one of many little princesses waiting at Seymour Square for the royals. Her mum, Deedee Bancroft, said Gracie wouldn't wear her school uniform this morning and went all dressed up.
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Looking lovely in pink is Mackenzie Large, aged 5.
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Jessica Curzon, 5, and her nana, Paila Schreuder, wait for a glimpse of the royal trio.
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The Duchess of Cambridge meets war veterans in Blenheim.
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William and Kate during a wreath laying ceremony in Blenheim.
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William puts on a friendship bracelet given to him by a child.
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A card can be seen on the wreath that Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, laid at the war memorial in Seymour Square in the town of Blenheim.
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William and Kate stand together after laying the wreath.
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a ceremony at the war memorial in Seymour Square.
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Prime Minister John Key, seated, looks on as William and Kate walk past.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, talks with some children after laying a wreath with her husband, Britain's Prince William.
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks with veterans after the ceremony.
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The Duchess of Cambridge talks to people during the public walk in Seymour Square.
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Kate mingles with the crowd.
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Kate holds hands with World War II veteran David Mason.
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The crowd erupts at the sight of the prince and princess.
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Opposition Leader David Cunliffe arrives at the ceremony.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets the gathered crowds in Seymour Square during day four of a Royal Tour to New Zealand.
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The Duke and Duchess arrive at Seymour Square in Blenheim.
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There's always time for a spot of peek-a-boo.
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Catherine reacts as she meets a baby in the crowd after laying a wreath with her husband.
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The crowds wait to see the royals.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Seymour Square Blenheim.
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Catherine reacts as she talks with William, after they met members of the crowd and laid a wreath at the war memorial in Seymour Square.
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Kate waves to a sea of well-wishers.
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The Duke and Duchess being welcomed into the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre by Sir Peter Jackson and chief executive Jane Orphan.
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Sir Peter Jackson shows the Duke and Duchess his Knights of the Sky World War I exhibition at Omaka.
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William and Kate inspect a World War I plane at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with Sir Peter Jackson.
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William discovers it's a bit tight in a World War I plane.
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Kate doesn't seem too enamoured with whatever William is trying to point out.
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Ooh shiny!
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Sir Peter snaps away.
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AWAITED ARRIVAL: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Reception with Governor General Jerry Mateparae and his wife Lady Janine.
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BIG MOMENT: The unveiling of the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen of New Zealand by Nick Cuthell.
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ANTICIPATION: About to reveal the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen of New Zealand by Nick Cuthell.
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WHAT'S SO FUNNY?: The Duchess shares a joke with artist Nick Cuthell and PM John Key at art unveiling at Government House, Wellington.
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ROYAL MOMENT: The Duke and Duchess with the newest painting of the Queen.
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ROYAL RECEPTION: The couple seem to be enjoying themselves at a reception held in their honour.
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PORTRAIT: Catherine stands beside a new portrait of the Queen after she and Prince William unveiled it at Government House.

A wait of more than three hours paid off for six-year-old McKenzie Jessop when the Duchess of Cambridge headed straight for her after the royal couple entered Seymour Square in Blenheim today.

A picture of the moment taken by McKenzie's mum Kelly Stewart shows just the top of the Springlands School pupil's head and her hand as she gives Kate a bunch of flowers.

McKenzie also gave the duchess a card she had made herself while she waited for the royals to appear.

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WORTH THE WAIT: Six-year-old McKenzie Jessop hands the Duchess of Cambridge a bouquet in Seymour Square in Blenheim.

Stewart, who described herself as a "massive fan of William and Kate", said she took a chair for McKenzie to sit on and make the card while they waited in the square from 8am.

"She sat on the chair and she had pens and paper and a book to lean on," Stewart said.

"She made it [the card] all herself. She was so excited when Kate took it off her, that she got to give it to her."

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McKenzie had been looking forward to the visit for weeks.

"She chose her dress two weeks ago," Stewart said.

McKenzie had been to Buckingham Palace and "gets that whole royal thing".

Kate had asked if the flowers were for her and how long McKenzie and her mother had been waiting, and replied: "that's a very long time".

"I shook her hand," Stewart said.

"She was just really normal. It was really nice."

Kate had talked to McKenzie "for ages".

"She (Kate) was gorgeous," Stewart said.

"The smile hasn't come off my face." 

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