OPINION – Royal couple shower happy dust
New Zealanders have welcomed Prince Charles and his wife Camilla as a happy, relaxed and well-suited couple.
As the country prepares to say cheerio for now to the Royals, few who followed their brief visit could have missed the enjoyment they take from one another and being together.
God knows, both of them are entitled to happiness after everything life has tossed at them in the past.
Both proved to be great company, laughing and joking their way around the country and clearly interested in everything put before them.
While Charles is a polished performer of formal Royal duties, he also enjoys shaking off the pomp and ceremony to get out and about and hear what people have to say.
It is clear Camilla would be the life and soul of a roistering good party, if the way she charmed journalists along the way was anything to go by.
Both put people at ease, which goes a long way in New Zealand.
Now 64, Charles has come far from the often despondent figure who for too long walked in the shadow of others.
One of the oft-repeated questions heard on this visit was: “When will you be our King?”
The time is right for that to happen and for his mother the Queen to abdicate in his favour in the lead up to Charles’ next birthday.
She has had a good run.
Give him a few happy years as Monarch, a role he was born and groomed for, with his delightful Duchess by his side.
The man is ready.