Friday, 25th November, 2011
BH welcomes royalty
By Erica Visser
The city has been waiting for weeks and now the big day has finally arrived.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will step off an RAF plane onto Broken Hill turf today at just after 10am and be greeted by locals before a whirlwind tour of the base and a speedy luncheon in the RFDS hangar.
Attending the luncheon will be 260 guests including the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir, RFDS South Eastern Section President, Joan Treweeke, and Founding Member of the RFDS Friends in the UK, Lord Glendonbrook.
Local dignitaries there to welcome the Princess include local State MP, John Williams, who will represent the Premier of NSW, RFDS SE Section Executive Director, Clyde Thomson, and Mayor Wincen Cuy.
International media including all of the major television stations will be there to capture the Princess’ arrival.
The luncheon menu features a range of native delicacies including smoked kangaroo, a salt brushed lamb rack and local quandongs.
Although the Princess will have to dash before dessert, TAFE Chef Lee Cecchin, who has catered for the event, will package her sweets into a specially decorated box for Princess Mary to eat after she leaves the city.
The BH Floral Art Club spent yesterday busily preparing the flowers that will decorate the Flying Doctor base.
“We picked a lot of them from our gardens last night and have spent about two hours setting them up here today,” said member Barbara Gray.
“Sort of the purple through to the brown represent Broken Hill colours. They’re all native except for the gerberas.”
Crown Princess Mary will spend just over two hours at the RFDS base before she makes her way back to husband Prince Frederick in Melbourne.
The trip was arranged by RFDS charity, Friends in the UK’s Marina Ritossa, and is a special favour from the Princess who is breaking away from her duties promoting Danish eco-friendly products to make the trip.
Princess Mary has been warmly-received in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra since arriving in the country this week.