It will pay to be early to get glimpse of a prince

20:51, Apr 10 2014
Cambridge prince spotting
PRINCE SPOTTING: Public drive in Cambridge

Parking will be at a premium in Cambridge tomorrow for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the royal couple, but people are still urged to leave their cars at home if possible, with tens of thousands expected to attend.

Organisers say getting there early is the key - before street closures come into play at 11am and end at around 1.45pm.

Cambridge is still the best place during their Waikato visit to spot the couple, though there will also other short opportunities to see the couple outside the Avantidrome (arrival 1.30pm, depart 2.30pm) and to see the Duke arrive and leave from Pacific Aerospace at 11.15am and 12.25pm.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will drop into Cambridge about 12.45pm to pay their respects at the war memorial outside the Cambridge Town Hall.

The couple will arrive and drive - anti-clockwise - around the township, which will take about 10 minutes, before getting out of their car at the Town Hall about 12.55pm, by the horse and foal statue, where they'll be met by Mayor Jim Mylchreest and his wife Robyn.

There will be two large screens set up for the crowd to view the action - one of the clock tower and one of the Victoria St side of Victoria Square.


The couple will then be taken in to the Town Hall to meet with a few selected people including Cambridge's Cynthia Read and her husband Ken.

Read was commissioned by the Prime Minister's office to spin and knit a merino wool lace shawl which was gifted to the Duke and Duchess, on behalf of the people of New Zealand, to celebrate the birth of Prince George last year.

The Duke and Duchess will also meet the French Ambassador, His Excellency Monsieur Laurent Contini. His arrival will celebrate Cambridge's sister city relationship with the French town of Le Quesnoy.

Just before the end of World War I, New Zealand soldiers freed German-held Le Quesnoy in a dramatic operation on November 4, 1918, by scaling the ancient walls of the town and taking the remaining Germans prisoner.

It was the New Zealanders' last major action in the war, and to this day, the town of Le Quesnoy marks the important role New Zealand played in the town's history.

After laying flowers at the War Memorial, the royal couple will meet Andrew and David Blyth, the son and grandson respectively of Lt Colonel Curly Blyth who led the liberation of Le Quesnoy.

It is not yet known if they'll do a meet and greet with crowds before getting back in their car and heading to the Avantidrome opening.


CAMBRIDGE FREE PARKING Lindsey Park and Cook St Reserve in Leamington (park and walk across the high level bridge). Athletic Park John Kerkhof Park Cambridge Middle School on Williams St, off School Pl. Look for the Park sign. Cambridge East Pony Club. Please note that parking is not available to the general public at Cambridge Primary School.

FROM HAMILTON Look for the Park sign on SH1, turn left into Vogel St. Park at Athletic Park or further down at John Kerkhof park. It is a short walk from here into town.

ENTERING VIA SH1B Park at Cambridge East Pony Club, on the corner of Victoria St/Taylor St. Walk into town.

ENTERING VIA KAIPAKI (SH3) Park at Lindsey Park on the corner of Coleridge St/Pope Tc, or park further along at Cook St Reserve. Walk across the high level bridge into town.

DISABLED PARKING Available for around 30 cars at Briscoes on Kirkwood Street in Cambridge on a first-in, first-served basis. Vehicles must display a current disability pass to gain entry. BUS PARKING End of Lake St. From Hamilton turn left at the big roundabout by the i-Site, turn left into Lake St (next to subway) and go to the end of the street.

PASSENGER DROP-OFF Bus passengers can be dropped off on Bryce St. Buses should then be parked in the bus parking area in Lake St. 

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