Hundreds in Dunedin to see Royals

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Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Thu, 5 Nov 2015, 1:59PM
Lesley in Dunedin waiting to see Prince Charles (Matiu Workman)
Lesley in Dunedin waiting to see Prince Charles (Matiu Workman)

Hundreds in Dunedin to see Royals

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Thu, 5 Nov 2015, 1:59PM

UPDATED 5.03PM:  The Royals have been busy today in Dunedin, experiencing history and meeting and greeting fans.  

PHOTOS: The Royals in Dunedin

Prince Charles apologised to staff for interrupting their day, as he made his way through Animation Research - a pioneering Dunedin firm behind the first live 3D sports graphics.  

The Prince was showed a video about the city, and was given a cup of tea while staff talked him through some of the firm's recent work.

He was then put on board a simulation of the Shotover Jet, and got behind the wheel of a virtual America's Cup yacht.

Prior to this, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall made their way through the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

They were welcomed with a waiata, before Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull lead them through the museum to the Smith Gallery, where portraits of early settlers cover the walls.

William Price, a descendant of one of those settlers, said he was honoured to meet other relatives of those on board the ships to New Zealand in the mid 1800s and loved chatting with Camilla.

"I spoke more with Camilla in respect of 1848 when the first ship came - there was a bit of talk about that." said Mr Price. 

Earlier in the day the pair boarded the historic Taieri Gorge Railway train in Mosgiel to head towards Dunedin. 

Matiu Workman said there was a pretty significant crowd at the historic Dunedin Railway Station.  

"I'd say there are close to 300 at this stage. There's lots of people of different backgrounds, elderly people, there's a four year old girl here with flowers that I've seen."

Local photographer, Peter MacDonald, was also waiting at the station and was hoping to give three of his works to Prince Charles. 

One of the photos is of a yellow eyed penguin on the Otago Peninsula, another is of a dry stone wall in Clifton, and one of Prince William in Christchurch in 2011.

"I thought well, Prince William has given the big tick for it, so I thought his father would like a copy."

Peter MacDonald said he's also hoping to get a portrait of the two royals today.