Casino fan is waiting for William
ROYAL fever has hit Casino, with royal memorabilia collector Nancy Moran polishing the crockery in preparation for Prince William’s official Australian visit.
Mrs Moran, a big fan of the young prince, has been collecting royal memorabilia since Queen Elizabeth II visited Casino in 1954.
“I think there is a chance Prince William could visit too, but not in my lifetime,” she said.
Mrs Moran was in fourth class at Naughtons Gap Public School when Her Royal Highness visited the beef capital.Mrs Moran and her seven sisters – she was one of 15 children – all got new shoes and dresses for the occasion, which was attended by thousands.
“It was pouring rain and muddy and wet,” she said.
Now she is the proud owner of more than 500 pieces of crockery and other memorabilia emblazoned with images of the royal family.
Her favourite piece is a plate depicting the late Queen Mother issued in 2000 to commemorate her 100th birthday.
The plate was given to Mrs Moran as a gift after she retired from her job at the Casino cattle saleyards, where she had worked in the canteen for 18 years.
Prince William arrived in New Zealand on Sunday and was reportedly met at the airport by just 12 fans.
His Royal Highness yesterday opened the new Supreme Court building in Wellington, where he was met by a small number of republican demonstrators.
The prince is expected toarrive at Sydney airport in a business class seat at 11am on Thursday.
He will not be accompanied by his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton.
According to his itinerary, the prince will meet the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, and the NSW Governor, Marie Bashir. He will also visit Redfern Legal Centre, Holsworthy Army Barracks, an oceanographic res-earch ship at Garden Island and the Botanic Gardens.
On Thursday he will fly to Melbourne for three days, where he will give an Australia Day address at Government House.
The prince was last in Australia with his parents, the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1983, a year after his birth.
The prince was invited to visit by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Among other duties, the prince would focus on learning about indigenous issues andvisit the bushfire-ravaged countryside in Victoria, Mr Rudd said after the prince’s tour was announced last November.