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William and Catherine dine with locals

Never in their wildest dreams did volunteer fire fighters Sally Hatcher and her daughter, Bindi, think they would be having lunch in the presence of Britain’s future king and his queen. But as all fairytales go, anything is possible.
Never in their wildest dreams did volunteer fire fighters Sally Hatcher and her daughter, Bindi, think they would be having lunch in the presence of Britain’s future king and his queen. But as all fairytales go, anything is possible.
While this once-in-a-life time experience didn’t come with a castle and glittering gowns, it was still a dream come true for these citizens from Yarramundi.
Sally, 56, and Bindi, 27, were lucky enough to be chosen to dine with the royals at Winmalee Girl Guides Hall, following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of fire-ravaged communities in the Blue Mountains.
So what does one serve their royal highnesses and guests? The answer: A feast fit for royalty, of course!
From elegant eclairs to dainty sandwiches, William and Catherine enjoyed a delicious lunch put on by the locals, as they chatted with 100-odd members of the Rural Fire Service.
“The food was fantastic,” Bindi told Woman’s Day. “We had a lovely lunch with lots of canapes and drinks. There was chocolate eclairs, sandwiches, tea, coffee and large fruit platters.”
Bindi, who missed out on speaking with Catherine as she mingled on the opposite side of the hall, was fortunate enough to shake William’s hand and share in a brief conversation with the Prince.
“We were talking about the regrowth of the area and how things have grown back so quickly since the fires last year,” Bindi said. “He was amazing to talk to and knew everything – he asked really intelligent questions. It was such an honour to meet them.”
Earlier today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited residents of Winmalee and Yellow Rock – the areas hardest hit by bushfires exactly six months ago.
During their tour, a hand written poem about Australian culture was presented to William and Catherine by four adorable little girls dressed as princesses wearing tiaras and sparkly dresses.
In their poem, Ainslie, Zakis, Alexandra and Sophia Whitting told the royals to try Smith’s chips, Vegemite and hotdogs while they’re are here.
“It’s so amazing to meet a real life prince and princess,” one of the girls told Catherine. While another told the Duchess, she has the cutest baby, to which the she replied "He is very loud."
While at Scenic World, Catherine was overheard commenting on the beautiful views and said she loved bushwalking and wants to come back and do it again.
The Duke and Duchess also told crowds, they’d enjoyed their holiday so far and were excited to take little Prince George to Taronga Zoo.
“George might scare away the animals because he was so loud,” William joked.
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