Cambridge goes crazy for royal tour

10:51, Apr 13 2014
The Royals in Camrbridge
Colonial Heritage Antiques owner Ken Sheldrick and shop assistant Margaret Grant were among the Cambridge townsfolk looking forward to today’s royal visit.
The Royals in Camrbridge
Stephen White and Wayne Green were busy setting up security fencing around the Cambridge Town Hall yesterday.
The Royals in Cambridge
Rolling out the red carpet at the Avanti Velodrome.
The Royals in Cambridge
Cathy Bazley camped overnight to get the best seat to view Kate and Will at the Cambridge Town Hall.
The Royals in Cambridge
The fans are out in force in Cambridge for Wills and Kate already.
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We have touchdown - the royals have landed in Hamilton.
The Royals visit the Waikato
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Hamilton.
The Royals visit Waikato
The royals have only just touched down in Hamilton and Cambridge is already buzzing with activity.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess has arrived at Rainbow Place.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke of Cambridge at Pacific Aerospace
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess with Bailey Taylor, 6, at Rainbow Place.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess meeting kids in the Art Therapy Room of Rainbow Place.
The Royals visit Waikato
Excitement mounts in Cambridge as the countdown to the royal arrival begins.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess meets The Flash at Rainbow Place. Flash's sister, Bailey Taylor, also met the duchess today.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess meeting families at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Mad Hatters Tea Party at Rainbow Place was a colourful affair.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke of Cambridge signed Hamilton city's guest book
The Royals visit Waikato
Loyal royalists Pauline Lisignoli, John Nahels and Judy Hoult wait for a chance to see Kate at Rainbow Place
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke makes some new friends at Pacific Aerospace.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke watches Pacific Aerospace in action.
The Royals visit Waikato
Six-year-old Kaiya Miller from Matamata speaks with Kate. Kaiya suffers from cystic fibrosis (CF) was chosen to present the duchess with a bunch of flowers during her visit.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke and Duchess arrive in Cambridge and speak to townsfolk before entering the town hall
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess speaks a pair in Cambridge before entering the town hall
The Royals visit Waikato
The duke meets a young girl during his visit to Pacific Aerospace
The Royals visit Waikato
A young girl presents the Duke with a gift during this visit to Pacific Aerospace
The Royals visit Waikato
The mayor of Hamilton, Julie Hardaker, greets the Duke and Duchess upon the royal couple's arrival in Hamilton.
The Royals visit Waikato
The royal couple wave as they walk down bright yellow steps onto the tarmac.
The Royals visit Waikato
Prince William inspects the cockpit of a plane at Pacific Aerospace, accompanied by chief executive Damian Camp.
The Royals visit Waikato
Kate speaks with a young girl in Cambridge.
The Royals visit Waikato
The royal couple are presented with a new bike for Prince George at the Avantidrome.
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Lady Perdita and Georgia Stanwix wait eagerly for the royals.
Royal visit to Rainbow Palace
Some of the large crowd waiting in Cambridge for Wills and Kate.
Royal visit to Rainbow Palace
The prince moves in for the personal touch.

Prince William and Catherine have sent the small Waikato town of Cambridge into a flag waving frenzy.

Their royal convoy did a lap around the town, passing an estimated 15,000 royal watchers, most of whom got a mere glimpse of a silver limo passing by and a royal wave.

The couple received a rousing cheer when their car pulled up at the Town Hall and as they emerged from the car a Mexican Wave of Union Jacks fluttering rippled along the security barricades.

They had lunch inside the Town Hall for about 20 minutes, before emerging and walking to the Cenotaph commemorating the town's World War I fallen.

Each laid a red rose, bowing their heads in respect, then met former soldier Jackson Blyth, whose World War I veteran father Curly came from the town.

Prince William chatted happily to Blyth and to several of those seated in the pensioner area

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He asked Blyth about his military service and that of his father, who lived until he was 105 after being shot and gassed in the war.

Blyth said he asked the duchess if Prince George would ever visit Cambridge, and his son handed her a children's book about Le Quesnoy, a successful World War I military operation his father fought in.

"She said [George] was back in Wellington, but she would definitely read the book to him," he said.

Royal watchers stood beneath the town's beautiful trees, were five deep along the main shopping street and some waited for up to five hours for a glimpse of the couple.

They were in good cheer, unless republican protesters wandered into sight or official vehicles blocked the view they'd fought for for so long.

Then they were swift to burst into a chorus of boos.

Shops that had done a roaring trade while fans waited, planned to close when the royal convoy drew near.

The whole town was covered in red, white and blue with even the sushi shop displaying Union Jacks.

Lady Perdita, a Pomeranian dog, waited in the arms of Georgia Stanwix, a former Miss England contestant now living in Cambridge.

"It's a Pom," her father, Jon Stanwix laughed.

KATE'S MAD HATTER PARTY

In Hamilton hundreds of fans lined the road to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge to Rainbow Place Children's Hospice.

Hamilton-based Rainbow Hospice is the children's branch of Hospice Waikato and the duchess has strong ties with children's hospices in the United Kingdom. She will use the outing as a fact-finding mission on palliative care, which she will take back home. 

Catherine met the 48 children and their families being looked after by Rainbow Place, which deals with children who have life-limiting health conditions and those who have experienced the sudden loss of a loved one.

Among them was six-year-old Bailey Taylor. Bailey's mum, Jennifer Doolabh, stopped cancer treatment when she found out she was pregnant, and gave birth to a healthy baby boy in December.

Doolabh is currently undergoing radiation on her brain and was not sure she would make it to the royal encounter however along with her husband, Aneal, she attended the event at Rainbow Place.

On arrival at the hospice, Kate stepped out in a green Erdem coat with a Suzannah dress underneath. After a brief wave to the crowd she was taken to a private room for a briefing on the hospice.

Her visit includes a children's art therapy session and an extravagant Mad Hatter's themed tea party hosted in a marquee which has been fitted out for the occasion. 

Catherine went on to join up again with William, who had been on his own solo outing at the Pacific Aerospace, for their public drive in Cambridge and the opening of the new National Cycling Centre of Excellence and Velodrome.

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