Lack of royal flush but what an image boost

03:46, Apr 14 2014
The Royals in Camrbridge
Colonial Heritage Antiques owner Ken Sheldrick and shop assistant Margaret Grant were among the Cambridge townsfolk looking forward to today’s royal visit.
The Royals in Camrbridge
Stephen White and Wayne Green were busy setting up security fencing around the Cambridge Town Hall yesterday.
The Royals in Cambridge
Rolling out the red carpet at the Avanti Velodrome.
The Royals in Cambridge
Cathy Bazley camped overnight to get the best seat to view Kate and Will at the Cambridge Town Hall.
The Royals in Cambridge
The fans are out in force in Cambridge for Wills and Kate already.
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We have touchdown - the royals have landed in Hamilton.
The Royals visit the Waikato
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Hamilton.
The Royals visit Waikato
The royals have only just touched down in Hamilton and Cambridge is already buzzing with activity.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess has arrived at Rainbow Place.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke of Cambridge at Pacific Aerospace
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess with Bailey Taylor, 6, at Rainbow Place.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess meeting kids in the Art Therapy Room of Rainbow Place.
The Royals visit Waikato
Excitement mounts in Cambridge as the countdown to the royal arrival begins.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess meets The Flash at Rainbow Place. Flash's sister, Bailey Taylor, also met the duchess today.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess meeting families at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Mad Hatters Tea Party at Rainbow Place was a colourful affair.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke of Cambridge signed Hamilton city's guest book
The Royals visit Waikato
Loyal royalists Pauline Lisignoli, John Nahels and Judy Hoult wait for a chance to see Kate at Rainbow Place
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke makes some new friends at Pacific Aerospace.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke watches Pacific Aerospace in action.
The Royals visit Waikato
Six-year-old Kaiya Miller from Matamata speaks with Kate. Kaiya suffers from cystic fibrosis (CF) was chosen to present the duchess with a bunch of flowers during her visit.
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duke and Duchess arrive in Cambridge and speak to townsfolk before entering the town hall
The Royals visit Waikato
The Duchess speaks a pair in Cambridge before entering the town hall
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The duke meets a young girl during his visit to Pacific Aerospace
The Royals visit Waikato
A young girl presents the Duke with a gift during this visit to Pacific Aerospace
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The mayor of Hamilton, Julie Hardaker, greets the Duke and Duchess upon the royal couple's arrival in Hamilton.
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The royal couple wave as they walk down bright yellow steps onto the tarmac.
The Royals visit Waikato
Prince William inspects the cockpit of a plane at Pacific Aerospace, accompanied by chief executive Damian Camp.
The Royals visit Waikato
Kate speaks with a young girl in Cambridge.
The Royals visit Waikato
The royal couple are presented with a new bike for Prince George at the Avantidrome.
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Lady Perdita and Georgia Stanwix wait eagerly for the royals.
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Some of the large crowd waiting in Cambridge for Wills and Kate.
Royal visit to Rainbow Palace
The prince moves in for the personal touch.

The royal visit on Saturday did not equal a royal flush for local businesses in Cambridge.

Local retailers the Times spoke to said business did not boom as well as the atmosphere did.

However, the day had thrust the small Waikato town onto the international stage, a move Chamber of Commerce chief executive Raewyn Jones said was brilliant for the town's image.

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The Duchess with Bailey Taylor at Rainbow Place.
Royal visit to Rainbow Palace
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
Royal visit to Rainbow Palace
Te Waraki Rupe, AKA Flash, meets Kate.
Royal visit to Rainbow Palace
The duchess in amongst it at the Rainbow Palace party.
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Te Waraki Rupe shows off his special do for the duchess.
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All ready to party with a princess.

Deli on the Corner co-owner Petro Snyman said Saturday's trade was just a tad above normal.

"It was a bit of a strange day. We did a little bit better than on a normal Saturday, but we really expected it to be very, very busy," he said.

The cafe had pockets throughout the day when it was busy, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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ROYAL WELCOME: Cambridge was thrust onto the international stage on Saturday when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the small Waikato town.

"It was a little bit disappointing, a lot of them just came to have a look then went back home."

Snyman said the atmosphere in Cambridge was "great" and the visit had been a learning curve for the next royal visit.

Leamington Motel manager Doug Lowther said a good chunk of business on Saturday was due to the royal visit.

"This motel usually has pretty steady business anyway," he said.

"If we didn't have the royals here this weekend, it could have been the rowing or canoeing and now the cycling.

"It was a pretty good weekend with basically nothing on, so the people came for the royals." Lowther described Cambridge as an "active little area."

Ground 1 Turf Bar manager Brenda Bright said the visit had not brought in extra business.

"It was a normal Saturday, nothing extra, but there was a lot more people in town."

Jones said the visit wasn't about making money.

It was about promoting Cambridge.

"One day's trading doesn't make a spread sheet, it's more about the long term picture," she said.

"You can't really put a figure on it.

"As a town we don't see it as a one-off event, we see it as a big picture."

The visit was a nice touch to the town's already sterling reputation.

Waipa District Council spokeswoman Jeanette Tyrrell said the council had budgeted $50,000 for the visit.

Tyrell described the crowds that attended as "really good natured".

The council was pleased with how the day went.

Waikato Times