Royals roam Nelson

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Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall roamed Nelson streets yesterday, meeting and greeting locals.

Hundreds of Nelsonians arrived below the Cathedral steps early, hoping to get a glimpse, handshake or even talk to Charles and Camilla.

Mother, Naina Mahto was one of the many locals lined up along Trafalgar Street.

“I thought it was great, there was a big buzz around town, people were really getting into it.”

Naina says her kids were all really excited.

“Charles and Camilla took a lot of time going around everybody and they shook alot of hands, they even stop and talked to the kids,” says Naina.

“Charles looked very dapper, I really liked his suit.”

The couple travelled from the Cathedral steps down Trafalgar Street and into the market where they meet vendors and made a few purchases including a Kiwiana pottery bowl, a wooden caterpillar toy, Charles even scored a jar of Pic’s Peanut Butter.

Alan Dickson from The Smokehouse in Mapua was one of the lucky vendors that got to meet the royals.

“Charles seemed like a great guy, you can tell he is a man of the people,” says Alan.

The pair then split with Charles visiting the Cawthron Institute to learn about fisheries and aquaculture and Camilla taking a tour of the WOW museum.

Charles and Camilla then tasted the best food and wine the region had to offer at the Source to Serve event at Mahana Wineries before travelling to Westport and Wellington respectively.