RECEPTION: Port Lincoln youth Gabrielle Hiskins outside the Playford Civic Centre in Elizabeth, before meeting royalty.EYRE Peninsula young leaders were among 200 youths who met their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a reception in Adelaide last Wednesday.
Cummins youth Tara Millard attended the reception as the Cummins Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) president, and described the event as a “surreal experience”.
A ROYAL EVENT: Tara Millard holding her invitation to attend the reception with their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Tara said there were strict security checks before they were allowed into the building, including showing identification, having her bag checked and surrendering any mobiles or cameras.
“We had the royal protocol explained to us, they said we had to address them as Your Royal Highness first and then sir or madam after.
“We couldn’t extend our hand to shake, we had to wait for them to extend their hand.”
When her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge reached Tara’s group, she was very interested in where they came from, and in YAC.
“She asked us to tell her about YAC, so I explained it is a non profit organisation to benefit youth.
“I told her about the events we’ve had in the community like band nights and I told her this was my first year as president and she said it was a big responsibility to take on.
“As she left, she told our group it was great to see girls doing good stuff in their community.”
Port Lincoln youth Gabrielle Hiskins attended as a member of the Port Lincoln YAC.
The Australian anthem played as their Royal Highnesses entered the room, and Kate reached Gabrielle’s group early.
“She asked who we were and we explained about YAC.”
Kate stood chatting with the group for a few minutes, and Gabrielle described the Duchess as “really lovely”.
“She held herself really well.
“Everyone was so nervous to meet them.
“When I saw her standing a few groups over I was shaking and couldn’t breathe.
“Then when I shook her hand I thought I was going to fall over!”
Gabrielle said receiving the invitation was an honour.
“I was proud to represent Port Lincoln and it was so nice to get recognition for all the things YAC does for the community.”
EXCITED: Dayna Duncan (right) with Hahmany Agars who also attended the reception.
Arno Bay local Dayna Duncan was honoured to be among school students from across the state invited to attend the reception.
Dayna was nominated by the principal of Cleve Area School and attended with Hahmony Agars.
She described the experience of meeting royalty as “amazing and surreal”.
Dayna was able to talk to Kate in a group and said she was down to earth.
She said Kate was interested in the school subjects they were studying and told them about her own schooling.
It was very nerve-wracking meeting the Duchess, Dayna said.
“But she was so friendly, she made us feel at ease.”
Aside from the brush with royalty, Dayna said the reception was an opportunity to meet politicians.
“We got to speak to people we wouldn’t normally be able to.”
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