Queenstown's Kay Greenslade was assigned to being a ''friend'' for Prince Charles, when he visited town with his parents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and sister, Princess Anne, in 1970.
''He was really friendly and chatty, lovely actually. I was really impressed by him,'' Greenslade, who was then 21 and known as Kay Grant, said this week.
Her other enduring memory was his tie featuring whales - ''because he was the Prince of Wales''.
The group took a boat to Queenstown Bay from Frankton and walked with their ''friends'' to Queenstown Gardens via a series of displays including sheep shearing and gold mining.
John Hore, later John Hore Grenell, accompanied Princess Anne.
''I think originally I was supposed to walk with her but I thought he was more suited as they were both involved with horses.''
It was a big occasion for the small Queenstown community involving most of the town. People were able to chat with members of the royal family as there were no ropes or barriers.
A few years later Greenslade met Princess Anne in Christchurch.
''She thought Queenstown was a beautiful place,'' she said.
- The Southland Times
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