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New Zealand prepares for UK royals, William and Catherine's visit

Sunday, April 06, 2014 - 01:35

April 6 - New Zealand prepares for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their baby, Prince George. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In Wellington, New Zealand, school kids are excited for a Royal visit. The U.K.'s Prince William, his wife Catherine and baby arrive on Monday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED SCHOOL GIRL SAYING: "We're doing it for the Princess and the Prince and the baby Prince." It's the first overseas trip for eight-month-old Prince George. The boys are interested in what car the Royals will drive up in. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED SCHOOL BOY SAYING: "Seeing what type of car they come by in. Whether it's a limo or not." REPORTER ASKING: "Do you think it will be?" / UNIDENTIFIED YOUNG BOY SAYING: "Yup, I am pretty sure it will be a limo." The girls have other things on their minds. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPORTER ASKING UNIDENTIFIED SCHOOL GIRL: "Who are you most looking forward to seeing?" / YOUNG GIRL SAYING: "The Princess / " The Royal couple are coming to help celebrate the region's success in technology, tourism and sports. Members of the nonprofit group Monarchy New Zealand -- which promotes the constitutional monarchy here -- say the tour will be done in typical local style. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MONARCHY NEW ZEALAND CHAIR, SEAN PALMER, SAYING: "William and Catherine will be here as members of the New Zealand's royal family, which is quite different from the British royal family. Even though it's composed of the same people, the attitudes and customs are a little more relaxed, they're more 'Kiwi'." Six-year-old Kaiya Miller has cystic fibrosis. Kate is a patron of the hospital where she is treated. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SIX YEAR-OLD CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENT, KAIYA MILLER, SAYING: "I am going to present the bouquet to the Duchess." Kaiya's one of 50 or so children who got these "Golden Tickets" to meet the Duchess when she visits. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SIX YEAR-OLD CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENT, KAIYA MILLER, SAYING: "I am going to have a tea party with her... I think she looks like she has a nice smile, and she has smiley eyes" New Zealanders are giddy as school children for the royal visit which kicks off here and wraps up three weeks from now in Australia.

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New Zealand prepares for UK royals, William and Catherine's visit

Sunday, April 06, 2014 - 01:35