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His Royal Highness…&c

Today I saw His Royal Highness The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty.

I didn’t see him very close up, but I did take some photos.

I enjoyed watching the launch of one of the waka (roughly speaking, a canoe), and the haka which accompanied it. The new Marae on Taranaki Wharf is beautiful – we will write more on it in the future. It was hard to get a glimpse of HRH and consort, but it you look closely, you’ll see them there. It was a beautifully sunny day, so they now know the truth of the well-known Wellington proverb, “You can’t beat Wellington on a good day”.

But, I wonder how they felt about being in the middle of Middle-Earth?

PJD

Photos by PJD, Taranaki Street Wharf, Wellington, 14 November, 2012. For the record, PJD would like it know that he is a republican, but took pictures of royalty in the public interest.

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  1. Oh no, now I am appallingly jealous. Not of Charles (!) but of being in the middle of Middle Earth. I entered that Air New Zealand sweepstakes in the deluded lottery-esque hope of winning tickets to the première of The Hobbit – possibly the only prize that would tempt me to enter a competition of that kind. No luck though. Will have to start saving up! (I did get to visit Edoras country back in 2007 and held a replica of Gimli’s axe, both of which will have to keep me going in the long meantime…

    November 15, 2012
    • Bad luck about the sweepstakes (though nothing ventured, nothing gained?), it is worth saving for. Now that we are back here we are certainly planning a lot more trips around NZ; it’s strange how travelling and living away from home can make you that much more interested in the places you started out from.

      As for the Middle Earth angle, we’ll be posting about whatever interesting Hobbit-related events catch our eyes; keep your eyes peeled.

      November 17, 2012

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