Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Princely Party

Kiwis who share Prince Charles' birthday have a chance to celebrate with him on the day.
The Prince of Wales' 64th birthday on November 14 is right in the middle of the royal couple's five-day visit here, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Government House in Wellington, which is hosting Charles' party, is inviting 64 ordinary Kiwis whose birthdays fall on the same day. The guests will also mark Gov.-Gen. Sir Jerry Mateparae's 58th birthday, which is on the same day.
"For me...? A dog leash!
Oh, you shouldn't have..."
Government House says the party is a wonderful opportunity for NZers to meet Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Yeup, the down-side is that Camilla will also be in attendance.
Things will begin with an official welcome (read that as "maori welcome" with plenty of tongue-poking, grunting etc...maybe even some Popatas with megaphones?) on the north lawn, followed by the opening of a visitor's centre on the south lawn, and end with a party inside Government House. The menu has yet to be confirmed, but some traditional NZ food like whitebait fritters, asparagus, and lamb will definitely feature, along with pavlova and ice cream dessert. It doesn't get much more kiwi than that!
People aged 18+ who were born on November 14th are invited to apply by Wed.October 10th, for a chance to attend the party. The 64 chosen from the ballot will be able to bring one guest - all applicants and guests will have to pay for their own travel and accommodation in Wellington. And no, you're not expected to bring a gift!

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