A moment on the lawn of Auckland’s Government House on April 20,1983, became iconic when nine-month-old Prince William was photographed playing with the classic Kiwi Buzzy Bee toy under the watchful eyes of his doting parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The photo made front pages around the world, Buzzy Bee sales soared and the scene became embedded in Kiwi history.
The 1983 royal tour was Princess Diana’s first visit to New Zealand and also the first time an infant prince had travelled half way around the world with his parents. The family spent 13 days in New Zealand experiencing Kiwi hospitality at its finest, from hongi to haka to a reception at Eden Park with 40,000 children. Prince Charles announced they would leave with a “warm feeling in their hearts”.
Thirty one years later, in an uncanny coincidence, Prince William plans to return to New Zealand this April with his wife Kate and their son Prince George, who will also be nine months old.
But what gifts to give a young prince?
Lion Rock Ventures have owned Buzzy Bee since 2004. Its executive director Wendie Hall said the company would welcome any opportunity to give Prince George a toy.
“Those images captured the hearts and pride of all New Zealanders in 1983,” Wendie says. “Its an inter-generational thing, and we would certainly love to think that inter-generational tradition lives on with Buzzy Bee and the Royal Family.”
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