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No sausages or bread for royal hospital visit

Nov 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

Kaumatua Sam Jackson welcomes Prince William to Wellington Hospital.

PRINCELY HELLO: Kaumatua Sam Jackson welcomes Prince William to Wellington Hospital.

THERE was no jumping fence for anyone wanting to bring bread and sausages to Prince William during his visit to Wellington Hospital today, as security around his tour increased.

Police and hospital security officers were positioned at the front of the hospital at 8am, an hour before the prince was due.

Police were taking no chances of a repeat of yesterday’s publicity stunt, when a radio reporter got into the barbeque at Wellington’s Premier House.

“We had 15 security officers on,” said security team leader Cathy Siataga of the hospital visit.  “It proved that we could do it.

Prime Minister John Key, wife Bronagh meet hospital directors.

ROYALTY GREETERS: Prime Minister John Key and wife Bronagh meet Capital and Coast board members.

“I didn’t get to meet the prince, but I caught him looking at me.”

Prince William was met on arrival by Prime Minister John Key, his wife Bronagh and health board members.

Kaumatua Sam Jackson gave a welcoming speech in Maori during which he said the prince was “grandson of kotuku rerenga tahi” – referring to Queen Elizabeth as “the beautiful white Heron that flies”.

More than 50 people turned up hoping to meet the future king.

Debbie Brown (36) said she went to see the Royal family at the Basin Reserve when they came in 1981: “It was so packed, and I’m really surprised that there are not more people here.”

The Brown Family from Island Bay await Prince William.

ROYALTY FANS: The Brown Family from Island Bay await Prince William.

The Brown family, Island Bay, woke up early to get a good spot to see the prince

Liam Brown (10) was excited to see the future king.

“We went to Buckingham Palace, but saw no royals, so this is awesome.”

Pele Ineleo (50) of Newtown said the prince has the humbleness of his mother: “He reaches out to every human being.

Among the fans who lined up were children from the Samoan language pre-school in Newtown, Sagataaga Aoga Amata.

Teacher Aiga Fa’amasino said they wanted the kids to see the future king, “but they don’t really understand what that means”.

FLAG WAVER: Pele Ineleo shows her support.

FLAG WAVER: Pele Ineleo shows her support.

Joanne Setefano was waiting in outpatients for a blood test when the prince came into the atrium.

“I was wondering why my blood test was delayed,” she said. “It was because staff had gone to see the prince.”

Prince William visited Ward 19, the children’s ward, where he spent time with talking with every child except those in isolation and surgery.

Charge Nurse Trish Martin said it mean a lot to the families who were there,

“You know when kids are sick they go through a lot. However, the prince visiting made their stay more exciting.”

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  1. Hi Janice,
    A great article, well done! I was wondering if I could get a copy of the photo of the Brown family please. Debbie Brown is my sister and the tall boy in the photo is actually my son who was enjoying sharing the experience with his cousins and Aunt while I was working.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Cindy

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