Flower posy gets royal seal of approval

00:59, Apr 11 2014
Holly Webster
TRIUMPHANT: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, jokes with Sophia Gillatt, 8, Charlotte Burnett, 7, and Kate Burnett, 9, after they gave her flowers. 

History repeated for Motueka sisters Lynley Gillatt and Maria Ansell-Burnett when they met Kate in Blenheim.

The pair had met Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh when they had visited Nelson to open QEII Drive in 1986.

Yesterday the sisters had their daughters with them, who are similar ages to their mothers' 28 years ago.

Gillatt said they spent Thursday night in Blenheim and, determined to get front row spots, had got up very early. They then waited about three hours for the royal couple to begin their walkabout. Knowing that a good posy of flowers was catnip to Kate, they had ordered a "huge posy fit for a princess" from Nelson florist Ivy Flower Art and the bait worked.

"She came over and joked, ‘Are those flowers for William?' said Gillatt. Kate asked if the three girls, Sophia Gillatt, 8, Charlotte Burnett, 7, and Kate Burnett, 9, were friends, asked their names and told Kate she had a good name. She asked the girls if they had got the day off school and was visibly impressed by the flowers, said Ansell-Burnett.

"She really liked the decorative pearls in the posy," she said, which were strewn among roses and sweet Williams.


"She was so gracious and wanting to talk to everybody and so normal", said Ansell-Burnett.

The significance of the meeting took some time to sink in for her youngest daughter, she said.

"Charlotte said, ‘You mean we waited all that time to meet two normal people?'

"But as the day went on, she was saying, ‘I can't believe we've seen her. She's on TV and in the magazines'."