Prince meets NZ's Hollywood royalty

By Sarah Robson, NZ Newswire Updated November 14, 2012, 5:07 pm

Prince Charles met the royalty of Hollywood on his tour of the movie wizardry conjured at Weta Workshop, guided by multiple Oscar-winners Sir Richard Taylor and Sir Peter Jackson.

"Oh my, goodness gracious me," he exclaimed as he as he walked into the makeup room.

The heir to the throne visited the Miramar facility on Wednesday afternoon, where he was even treated to a sneak snippet of the first film of the Hobbit trilogy.

He watched as actor Peter Hambleton, who plays Gloin, one of 13 dwarves in the yet-to-be-released movie, had prosthetics and makeup applied and apologised to him for having to go through it on his account.

"You are quite a way under all this," the prince said, to which Hambleton replied, "Yes, I'm actually good looking".

A crowd of people thronged outside the Miramar movie studios, hoping to catch a glimpse of the prince.

Meanwhile, well-wishers sang Happy Birthday to Prince Charles as he and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, went walkabout on the Wellington waterfront.

They arrived to cheers from the crowd of about 500 and many couldn't resist bursting into song to mark the prince's 64th birthday on Wednesday.

Under blue skies, and accompanied by mayor Celia Wade-Brown, the royals stopped to shake hands and chat with members of the public.

Many of those who couldn't get a spot up close stood on the balconies of nearby buildings in the hope of catching a glimpse of the couple.

Earlier, the prince and duchess received their official Diamond Jubilee welcome ceremony at Government House, hosted by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Camilla was wearing a patterned camel-coloured Anna Valentine jacket with a slip dress and a Phillip Treacy hat with an upturned brim.

At the conclusion of the powhiri, a stirring haka performed by local school pupils echoed across the expansive lawn.

A 21-gun salute was fired and a Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 did a flyover.

The prince was presented with the New Zealand Armed Forces Award by defence force chief Lieutenant General Rhys Jones and the couple opened a new visitor centre at Government House.

But the day's highlight will no doubt be the prince's birthday party later at Government House, where he'll mark the milestone with 64 Kiwis who share the same birth date.

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  1. Keith john03:12pm Friday 16th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    I would have thought the odd nip or tuck would be on the agenda. Camilla needs to keep her chin up and Charles has certainly aged since 2005.

  2. Dirk the Digger09:12am Thursday 15th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Never been a Fan of the Royal Family, even less so of the Obsequious behaviour they attract, however; I like Charles and his Sister Anne, despite being part of something so Archaic, they use their Public profile to do good stuff, so Charles and Camilla from me... enjoy your time here and don't be strangers.

  3. A.M.G09:22pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Warwick,I love your patriotism of Wellington & it's extremely unfair stereotyping of the weather down here-what ignorant people those"JAFA" are.Wellington beats Auckland hands down for "Soul"-in many ways.

  4. fedup09:19pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Nardoo you obviously don't like the royals and that is your prerogative but what I hate is when you and others like you have to resort to childish nasty mean mouthed personal insults. Apparently the Royal visits add quite nicely to the economy of the country through tourism but of course you would deny that.

  5. Nardoo Burns07:54pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Should charge them with theft of oxygen while their here !

  6. Nardoo Burns07:42pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    So a crowd is a measly 500 now !!

  7. Nardoo Burns07:37pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Why does he take his horse to these do's,should leave it in the stables !

  8. Nardoo Burns07:27pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Thats right wingnut have a free birthday bash on the nz taxpayer,saves you dipping into your millions aye big ears!

  9. Taff06:28pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Oh you lucky lucky prince.

  10. Uriel04:36pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Well R I guess that you are one of the 30% of ex navies still looking for gold in the streets. The cost of the odd royal visit will be only a trifle to the cost of maintaining a presidential palace for any local figure of state.


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