All right so we all know that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla were travelling around Australia on the Jubilee Tour – well they actually came to Tassie too! Yep, since moving here from the ‘mainland’ I’ve noticed that poor old Tassie gets left off so many tours, concerts, news stories etc that well talk of making the State it’s own country seems feasible really!
Anyway, the Royal couple had a quick visit to Tassie visiting the historic town of Richmond and then coming into to Salamanca to attend a function at the Princes Wharf.
While I knew they were coming I had no real intention of going to see them until after Mum and I had been over to Rosny Christmas shopping (you have to get in early when half the family lives overseas) we decided that with nothing else to do we would do a drive-by Salamanca just to have a squiz.
Well Tassie being Tassie I pulled into Salamanca and got a parking spot right out side the venue! We put some change in the metre and sat in the car waiting and watching as dignitaries started to gather at the wharf and as the public started to congregate along Salamanca in anticipation. We watched as the ever-growing police presence readied themselves with sniffer dogs and bomb equipment scouring the area.
About 10 mins before their scheduled arrival we hopped out of the car and got a front row position along the barricade.
Charles pulled up first and went in the opposite direction to where he was supposed to be ushered, shaking hands and chatting away to the public. Luckily this was over near us so I dashed about trying to get a few snaps from my phone and attempted to reach in for a handshake but just pipped out (Note to self – ALWAYS take the digital camera with you)
Next thing I know Camilla has arrived in a separate car and she is heading over towards Mum! I quickly tried to get there to snap a shot but was too late. By this time it was pouring with rain and I could see she was headed towards the wharf and away from the crowd so I ran across to where the police and security where now ushering people back and waited as she worked her way along the line to me. Under her transparent umbrella she looked me in the eye, shook my hand and said, “How do you do.” I couldn’t help thinking that she was much smaller and softer in real life.
Well we didn’t hang around after that as the rain was heavy and we were without umbrellas. So what started as another normal day ended with our brush with Royalty.