Crowds greet Harry in southern city

Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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A crowd of enthusiastic royal fans greeted Prince Harry as he reached New Zealand’s deep south.

Upon his arrival from Wellington to Invercargill, the country’s southernmost city, the Prince was mobbed by autograph hunters and selfie-takers alike.

Kensington Palace posted a photo on Twitter of Harry donning a traditional cape over his sharp blue suit before later getting hands on with a 100-year-old lizard called Henry.

Among those waiting to greet him were Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt and Ngai Tahu leader Mark Solomon, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Grabbing a front-row spot early on were sisters Katie and Rachel South, aged 12 and 14 respectively, who were hopeful of a handshake or a chat with the Prince.

“No one special comes to Invercargill,” they said. “It’s quite exciting.”

Another local, 12-year-old Georgie Sunshine, referenced another famous Harry – Harry Potter – with her sign she hoped would catch the eye of His Royal Highness, which said: “You’re a wizard Harry.”

Later he will travel even further south to Stewart Island, mixing with some of its 400 population in a meet-and-greet event at the community centre.

The Prince will also take in nearby Ulva Island, a wildlife sanctuary home to a number of rare and endangered birds including South Island saddleback, yellowhead and rifleman, and Stewart Island robin and brown kiwi.

Harry will the attend a private church service at Stewart Island’s St Andrew’s Anglican Church before spending the night on the isle.

Yesterday he was made welcome in Wellington with a haka, visited the national war memorial and took in a rugby game.

The week-long visit is the first Harry has made to New Zealand and throughout the trip he is expected to be given a broad introduction to Kiwi culture and society.

He will visit major cities such as Wellington and Auckland, as well as the country’s most southern and very remote community on Stewart island.

Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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