Royals land in Wellington

TOM HUNT
Last updated 12:08 07/04/2014

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The royals have landed in Wellington, defying low cloud that has caused flight disruptions.


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Prince William, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their baby Prince George arrived at Wellington Airport shortly after midday.

A small group of people watched through a fence as misty rain swirled around the airport.

Earlier, there was some suggestion the flight could be diverted. It was understood the most likely secondary option would have been Ohakea airbase in the Manawatu.

WORTH THE WAIT?

Keen royal fans were not deterred by the weather.

At Wellington Airport the topics of conversation included whether the royals would be able to land, would they be visible from behind the cordon, and if so - what would Kate be wearing?

Wellington man Les Crozier said it brought back memories of the royal tour in the 1960s.

"I was five when the Queen came, I remember there being a crowd about 10-deep at Lambton Quay and they all gave us little flags," he said.

"I think these guys are more relevant than the Queen."

Cora Laureano, originally from the Philippines, said her last royal encounter was seeing Prince Charles in Manila.

She had not been interested in Charles and Camilla's last New Zealand jaunt, however.

"I don't like Camilla so I didn't bother."

Ella Porter of Lower Hutt came to town with a poster bearing the words, "Kia ora royals".

"I'd have come here in any weather to  see them."

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