More than 17,000 kilometers and 60 years on from where it all began, Prince Charles was reunited with the woman who cared for him as a baby at Clarendon House.
Jacqui Botting, 92, lives in a care home opposite a Nelson research centre the Prince was visiting as part of his New Zealand tour, and had been sitting under a nearby tree in the hope of seeing him.
New Zealand-born Botting looked after Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne in the early 1950’s, before she returned to marry.
As she waited for an audience with His Royal Highness on Saturday, she clutched a Christmas card she had received signed by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Charles himself, the Daily Mail reported.
An aide alerted the Prince to Botting’s presence and he was ‘absolutely delighted’ to see her, taking time out of his schedule to catch up on old times.
‘He remembered me, didn’t he?’ Botting later mused. ‘It was very nice.’