Many thanks, say royal couple

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 09:02 12/06/2014
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ROYAL MAIL: Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman reads the letter of thanks he received from Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have sent a letter of thanks to Marlborough for their warm welcome on April 10.

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman said he received the letter post-stamped at Buckingham Palace this week. It was written by Miguel Head, private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Palace.

Sowman said the letter was a great gesture and reminded him of the excitment during the couple's visit.

"Their visit had such a positive impact on the community and the buzz is still out there, especially when you speak to people about the visit," he said.

The couple wanted to to say how much they enjoyed visiting Blenheim during their tour of New Zealand and Australia, the letter says.

"The people of Blenheim gave Their Royal Highnesses the most wonderful welcome and the Duke and Duchess were overwhelmed by the warm reception they received," the letter says.

The wreath-laying ceremony was a highlight for the couple, the letter says.

It was to have been held in Wellington, but when planning was taking place the Wellington venue had earthquake damage, Sowman said.

Blenheim was chosen as an alternative because Seymour Square was a beautiful venue and easy to make secure, Sowman said.

The letter says the wreath-laying was an incredibly special moment for the couple to remember the sacrifice of thousands of New Zealanders and they were delighted to meet so many veterans.

They also thanked Sowman and his wife, Thelma Sowman, for taking good care of them throughout the morning.

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- The Marlborough Express

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