Royal tour hits Manawatu

05:31, Nov 15 2012
Royal visit to Manawatu
ROYAL FANS: Christopher Cape and Diana Blake were out in Manchester Square early in anticipation of the Royals arrival.
Royal visit to Manawatu
GETTING READY: Feilding, at 10.30am, beginning to fill with people ahead of the royal visit.
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READY FOR TEA: Gem Stephens, Honor Brown, Frances McColl and Jackie Rush took up their position in Manchester Square at 8:30 armed with flasks of tea.
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DOG'S DAY: Melanie Donne and her dog Rica have been waiting since 9am for a chance to meet Charles and Camilla.
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MEMORABILIA: Feilding's royal fans have brought their memorabilia to town. Ngaire Browning and Theresa Rositer show off a picture of a young Prince Charles.
READY TO GO: A convoy of approximately 17 vehicles, including police and Crown limos, is waiting on the tarmac for the arrival of Prince Charles and Camilla.
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FLAGGED UP: Dina Blake and Chris Cape all dressed up waiting for the royals to arrive.
TOUCH DOWN: Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at Ohakea.
KIA ORA: Prince Charles and wife, Camilla, are welcome to Ohakea.
WALKABOUT: Prince Charles meets people on the streets of Feilding
MEET THE LOCALS: Prince Charles and Camilla meet a local school girl.
HELLO THERE: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meets local farm animals.
TOO HOT: Prince Charles observes a sheep being shorn at the Feilding farmers markets
WALKABOUT: Camilla, accompanied by Feilding Promotion manager Helen Worboys, takes a look at Feilding Farmers Market stalls.
SOMETHING TO EAT?: Palmerston North caterer Hester Guy, right, prepares some food for Camilla at the Feilding Farmers Market.
WAITING: Crowds gathered along the road in Feilding
NICE TO MEET YOU: Prince Charles delights locals by chatting with them as he walks through the Feilding farmers' markets.
PRINCESSES IN WAITING?: Children gather outside Widbase at Massey University to greet Camilla.
ROYAL CARNATION: Heather Relf from Feilding reacts after having a short discussion with Prince Charles. She gave him some carnations which he thanked her for, sniffed, then broke off a single carnation and put it in his jacket pocket.
FLOWER POWER: Prince Charles stops to smell some local flowers.
KIWI GIRL: The Duchess of Cornwall gets close to an injured kiwi bird at Wildbase.
MASSEY VISIT: Camilla visits with Wildbase at Massey.
HORSING AROUND: Camilla at the Equine Research Centre at Massey.
PART OF THE WHANAU: Prince Charles at the Dermer farm.
FARMER'S WIFE: Diny Dermer meets Prince Charles at her home.

Prince Charles and Camilla received their first taste of provincial New Zealand during their whirlwind tour of Manawatu today.

The royal couple, visiting Manawatu as part of their royal visit to New Zealand, were greeted by Defence Force staff when they touched down at the Ohakea Air Force Base about midday.

Children lined Manawatu streets as the royal motorcade travelled to Feilding, where thousands had gathered for a glimpse, handshake or brief conversation with the pair.

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Prince Charles and Camilla begin their visit to Wellington with an official ceremony at Government House.
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Prince Charles inspects New Zealand armed forces at Government House in Wellington.
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Prince Charles shares a joke with an officer an official ceremony at Government House.
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Prince Charles with Sir Jerry Mateparae at Government House, with Camilla and Sir Jerry's wife Janine talking in the background.
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A kapa haka group performs at Government House for Prince Charles with Camilla's visit to Wellington.
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Sir Jerry Mateparae and wife Janine with Prince Charles and Camilla at the new visitor centre at Government House in Wellington.
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Prince Charles with Camilla leave Government House during their visit to Wellington.
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Camilla meets Donny Shermond and two-year-old chihuahua Amigo on the Wellington Waterfront during her tour with husband Prince Charles.
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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown talks with Prince Charles while deputy mayor Ian McKinnon talks to Camilla in the background.
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Government House kitchen staff look out at an official ceremony for Prince Charles and Camilla's Wellington visit.
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Prince Charles laughs as he talks to school girls on the Wellington waterfront during a stroll.
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Prince Charles shares a hongi with a member of the waka team which paddled up the Thames.
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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown talks with Prince Charles.
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Prince Charles looks Weta Workshop creations with Sir Richard Taylor, left, and Sir Peter Jackson.
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Prince Charles is greeted by The Hobbit actor Mark Hadlow, while Sir Richard Taylor looks on.
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Prince Charles talks with The Hobbit actor Mark Hadlow at the Weta Workshop in Wellington.
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Prince Charles and Camilla with Sir Jerry Mateparae and wife Janine cut into one of 64 kiwiana-themed cakes created for his 64th birthday.
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Prince Charles' birthday cake

Waiting in Feilding was Whanganui woman Melanie Donne, who drove to Manawatu with her dog Rica in the hope of meeting the royals.

"I'll be really let down if I don't get their attention."

Decked out in blue was self-proclaimed royalist Diana Blake, who was also keen for a face-to-face meeting.


ROYAL FANS: Christopher Cape and Diana Blake were out in Manchester Square early in anticipation of the Royals arrival.

"To me history is important and I want to be part of it," she said.

The sun was out in full force, and the temperature became too much for one elderly woman who fainted from what bystanders described as a "combination of the heat and excitement".

The crowd clapped and cheered as the royals drove along Manchester St to the town's square.

Manawatu mayor Margaret Kouvelis and Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie were on hand to welcome them on arrival.

Working the crowd with ease, Prince Charles and Camilla chatted, shook hands and accepted flowers from the adoring throng.

Feilding woman Ann Loader managed to shake Prince Charles' hand, but missed out on a close encounter with Camilla.

"He's got a firm handshake. I thought he might break my fingers."

Pamela Titherington said it was the second time she had met the prince.

"I had a chat with him when he came out with his mother last time. I was just married then. He was just as lovely this time, but we were younger and more beautiful then."

And Ms Rica's trek over from Whanganui was not in vain, as Mr McKelvie let her through a security barricade to meet them.

She said she told the couple we was "thrilled to see them" and wished them a safe trip.

Feilding woman Heather Relf was overcome with emotion after a short conversation with Prince Charles.

She gave him some carnations which he thanked her for, before breaking off a single carnation and putting it in his jacket pocket. 

The royal couple was treated to an array of events in Feilding. They viewed entries to the Right Royal Rural Mailboxes, spoke to farmers about crops and livestock, which included the sheep, bulls and horses on show, and watched performances from local schoolchildren, including Lytton Street School's Jump Jam squad.

The squad was overjoyed when the couple stopped to thank them for the perfomance.

There was also a bumper showing from Feilding's award winning Farmers Market, with the couple tasting many of the wares and speaking with stallholders about  jams, wine and plants.

One of the more poignant moments was when Prince Charles and Camilla inspected the War Memorial while sharing some jokes with the family of Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.

Lieutenant O'Donnell's sister Anna was wearing his war medals.

From there the couple divided, Prince Charles going for a tour of a farm near Feilding and Camilla driving to Palmerston North to visit Massey University.

Prince Charles' trip was to Waipiko Farm, run by John and Diny Dermer, where he looked at preserved wetlands on their property before taking time for a chat with local farmers.

Mrs Dermer said Prince Charles was very apologetic when he went back to their house for afternoon tea, about the crowd of media and security he had brought with him.

"He said 'I'm sorry about the invasion'."

Before he left, Mrs Dermer presented him with a gift - a bag of lemons from her tree.

Camilla's trip to Massey included visits to the Equine Research Centre, Wildbase and the Equestrian Centre.

She was met by Professor Robert Anderson, Dr Russell Ballard and Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor before embarking on the tour.

When she entered the vet school, she was greeted by Klara Pauwels, 2, who ran up to the Duchess of Cornwall.

"Hello," she said as Camilla knelt down to greet the girl.

Camilla returned her welcome and asked her name. "My name is Klara," the toddler replied.

Klara's mother Kate Hill said her daughter's eagerness was unexpected, and certainly unplanned.

"I'm very excited," Mrs Hill said. "I think she was very natural, meeting her was just lovely."

Camilla met staff and visitors in the reception area, as well as patients.

Among them was Rosemary Cousins and her 8-year-old West Highland Terrier, Brodie.

Brodie was in at Massey for a regular vet check, which had gone smoothly this afternoon.

During her tour through Wildbase - a facility where injured and sick native and endemic species are treated and rehabilitated - Camilla got to handle an injured Kiwi, which was brought in on Saturday with a swollen hock and foot.

While at the Equestrian Centre, Camilla watched a show jumping clinic by Team Massey riders, run by coach and former New Zealand Olympian John Cottle.

Hundreds of air force personnel and their families assembled at Ohakea to meet the royal couple before they left for Wellington.

Tomorrow the Prince Charles and Camilla will travel to Christchurch.

Manawatu Standard