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Date with royals for Cambridge shawl-spinner

Cynthia Read has been told to 'wear a dress'

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 05:00 27/03/2014
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ROYAL TOUCH: Cambridge spinner Cynthia Read has been granted an audience with royalty.

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A "jeans and T-shirt" woman has been ordered to ditch the low-key attire during an audience with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when the royal couple ride into her home town on April 12.

Cambridge resident Cynthia Read and her husband Ken will meet the royal couple at the Cambridge Town Hall. She was granted the privilege after spinning New Zealand's gift to the royal baby last year.

She has yet to hear the details of the royal face-to-face but there has already been a stipulation or two. For instance, she must wear a dress. And being more a jeans and T-shirt type she embarked on a day of shopping in Tirau and came home sporting a black and white polka dot dress and an orange blazer for the occasion.

Hats, thankfully, are not essential, she said.

The Prime Minister's Office commissioned Mrs Read to craft New Zealand's gift for Prince George - a hand-spun, hand-knitted fine lace shawl.

She was full of excitment and a little trepidation when told last week she would be meeting the duke and duchess.

She hasn't heard how the gift to Prince George was received. It was commissioned, sent, and that was the last she heard of it. Still, she hoped the little royal had been wrapped in it at least once.

Maybe he's even had a spill on it, she said.

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- Waikato Times

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