Royals given brief history

21:02, Nov 16 2012
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New Plymouth DOC worker Kay Davies, right, educates Prince Charles and Camilla about Government House

A new photo will soon be crowning the mantelpiece at Kay Davies' home.

The New Plymouth woman had her picture taken with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as she gave them a grand tour of Government House's new visitor centre.

Ms Davies was selected as one of two Conservation Department employees seconded to develop the centre.

She said the centre was intended as a gift to the Queen from New Zealand for her Diamond Jubilee.

As part of the royal tour, Prince Charles opened the centre on Wednesday, and Ms Davies said it was an experience she thoroughly enjoyed.

"I've always had a keen interest in the royals but never thought I'd meet any of them personally.

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"Being a part of this week and seeing the excitement from everyone has been great. I think it's a very big and relevant part of our nation - it's been very exciting."

Ms Davies did shake their hands, but refrained from striking up a lengthy conversation. "My colleague did wish him a happy birthday though and that got a bit of a smile and a laugh."

The purpose of the visitor centre was to encourage school visits and educate the younger generation of Kiwis about our history, she said.

"They'll learn about our constitutional democracy and the role of the Governor-General and the changes to this role over time, from our first governor in 1840 through to the modern day."

It would also educate people about the historical significance of the building.

Ms Davies said the royals spent time watching an audio-visual presentation she had put together about the house's history.

"The Prince was quite taken by that," she said.

"I think there were parts in there that he was quite familiar with."

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