Nelson prepares for future King


He may not be as popular as his two royal sons, but the reality is Prince Charles will be King in the not-too-distant future and this Saturday he gets to see the best of Nelson.

Prince Charles and Camilla are in town this weekend, and they’ll be soaking up as much of Nelson as possible during their short visit.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Nelson as part of their royal tour of New Zealand, which will see them travelling all over the country.

After arriving in Nelson on Saturday morning, they will head to the Cawthron steps at 11.15am and walk down Trafalgar St and into Hardy St, which will give locals the opportunity to greet them.

They will then visit the Nelson Market where they’ll be able to get a taste of local arts, crafts and produce.
Nelson Market owner Nita Knight says it is a “huge honour” they have chosen to visit the market. “It’s a great privilege to host them and I’m sure all the stall holders will pull together to make it a great occasion for them,” she says.

Nita says stalls might not be in their usual place, as they will have move things around to accommodate the visit.

Prince Charles will then visit the Cawthron Institute for a fisheries and aquaculture event, while Camilla visits the World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum.

They will then both attend a organic winery in Mahana, where they will be served some of the Nelson’s finest food and beverages in a “Source to Serve” event, before heading to Westport for the rest of the afternoon.

Nelson mayor Rachel Reese says she is looking forward to the visit. “All the partner organisations we have been working with have been truly accommodating to help make sure this event runs smoothly,” she says. “I would like to acknowledge the enthusiasm shown by everyone involved in planning for this visit. We should all be immensely proud of what our region has to offer.”