Crowd goes wild for Prince Charles and Camilla

16:00, Nov 12 2012
Prince Charles with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key shake hands with Kiwi veterans from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key shake hands with Kiwi veterans from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles enjoys a moment with a Kiwi veteran from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles enjoys a moment with a Kiwi veteran from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Royal fan "Major Blunder" turned out in his full finery to see Prince Charles and Camilla during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Royal fan "Major Blunder" turned out in his full finery to see Prince Charles and Camilla during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Royal fans during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Royal fans during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles lays a wreath at the foot of the cenotaph during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles lays a wreath at the foot of the cenotaph during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles meets members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles meets members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meets members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meets members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles shakes hands with members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles shakes hands with members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and Mayor Len Brown at the Bruce Mason Centre.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
The Duchess of Cornwall with children of the Lake View Private Kindergarten at the Bruce Mason Centre.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
A mobile billboard from a protest group following the Prince and Duchess.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
The royal party scurry across a wharf in the rain.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles arrives at the naval base in Stanley Bay before heading across the Waitemata harbour in a coast guard vessel.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles arrives at the naval base in Stanley Bay before heading across the Waitemata harbour in a coast guard vessel.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles arrives at the naval base in Stanley Bay before heading across the Waitemata harbour in a coast guard vessel.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles pays a visit to the northern communications coast guard centre at Mechanics Bay, meeting and greeting volunteers from across the north island.

Hundreds of screaming fans filled Auckland's Queen St to meet Prince Charles and wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall on their wet walk through the city yesterday.

Schoolgirls clutched their hearts, groups of ecstatic royalists yelled compliments to the pair and a couple of hecklers managed to get the attention of police. While two anti-monarch protesters were being warned by police, the rest of the excited crowd rejoiced at having a chance to shake royal hands.

An afternoon downpour did little to shrink the crowd or the smiles on their faces.

Nine-month-old Mia Trevitt giggled as Camilla said hello and shook her tiny hand.

Lan Park, who owns a florist in downtown Auckland, handed a huge bouquet of 64 red roses to Prince Charles as a gift for his 64th birthday on Wednesday.

"I don't want to say how much they cost," Ms Park said.

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"He said they were amazing."

Waiheke Island resident Violet Hollis, 96 tomorrow, exchanged birthday wishes with the prince.

"I thought he was going to give me a kiss," Ms Hollis said.

Some people in the crowd bowed as the prince and duchess walked past.

"I'm never going to wash my hand," one man said after shaking Prince Charles' hand.

Sue Britton, who moved from England to New Zealand 11 years ago, wore the Union Jack around her shoulders.

She shrieked with excitement at having a brief conversation with the royal pair.

Mrs Britton said the duchess stopped to say hello to her dogs, fox terrier George and chihuahua Lola. "She told me they've just taken on a stray chihuahua," Mrs Britton said.

"This has been the best day."

Earlier, the royal couple watched a performance of Hairy Maclary at the Bruce Mason Theatre Centre in Takapuna.

Charles and Camilla joined hundreds of schoolchildren to watch the play, which promotes children's literacy with the Kiwi children's classic story.

The duchess has said Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy is one of her favourite books, and has chosen it as one she pledges to share with others this year.

The book's author, Dame Lynley Dodd, was among those meeting the royal couple.

They fly to Wellington tomorrow.

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