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Hundreds throng city’s waterfront to see royals

Nov 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Lead Story, News

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HUNDREDS of people gathered along the Wellington waterfront and hung out of balconies to wish Prince Charles a right royal happy birthday.

The Prince and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, walked along Queen’s wharf from Te Papa to Frank Kitts Park, enjoying the November sunshine and the friendly vibe from the good-natured crowd.

“It’s a beautiful day that Wellington’s put on,” Kapiti Community Police Officer Brett Polglase said. “We were asked to bring raincoats in today because they thought it would rain!”

The interislander ferry Arahura and several tugs flying naval pennants blasted their horns as the Prince was serenaded by crowds waving Union Jacks, singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and shouting ‘We Love the Prince’.

Student Jessica Bramley shook hands with Charles and Camilla and exchanged words with the Prince.

“Charles asked me if I should be at work,” she said.

A powhiri greeted the Prince at Te Wharewhaka (the waka house), and a waka was launched.

“I’ve waited 22 years for this day, and I’m working,” security guard Adam Smith, 22, said.

It was Prince Charles’s 64th birthday.

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