Royal jubilee trip thrills student
Geraldine student Jamie-Lee Sadler's right royal trip to London is officially over.
The year 12 Geraldine High School student returned to the classroom late last week, following a whirlwind trip to London where she participated in the Queen's diamond jubilee pageant.
Jamie-Lee was part of a 1000-boat flotilla along the River Thames, commemorating the Queen's 60th year on the throne.
Jamie-Lee travelled to London with 13 other students from around New Zealand as part of Young Kiwis on the Thames, a group she applied to be part of after reading about it in a Spirit of Adventure newsletter.
Her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came complete with a royal wave from the Queen and her extended family as the boat passed the royal family's viewing platform. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, along with Princes Charles, Harry and Philip waved at the rowers. Catching a glimpse of the royals was just one of the many highlights, Jamie-Lee said.
"Meeting the people," was another highlight, she said. "I've made lifelong friends."
The group started rowing at 10.30am on the day of the pageant.
"That's when reality really hit. Everyone was out, the bridges were full of people and the high-rise balconies were covered with onlookers."
The Young Kiwis contingent finished their 22 kilometre journey at 7pm, soaked following a day of rain, but thrilled to have been a part of the historic occasion, Jamie-Lee said.
Now she is back at school and earlier this week talked about her royal engagement during assembly. Jamie-Lee said she owed a big thanks to the people of South Canterbury who helped her fundraise for the trip and Young Kiwis organiser Ron Bird for organising the contingent.
"I'd just like to thank everyone for the huge support that they've given me. The community and everyone around South Canterbury have been amazing and without them I couldn't have done it.
"And a huge thank you to Ron Bird, our organiser. Without him we wouldn't have had the opportunity. He fought for us and has given us the amazing trip that we'll be able to remember forever."
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