Julieanne Reid and her daughter Ebony with some of her royal collection.
Julieanne Reid and her daughter Ebony with some of her royal collection. Alistair Brightman

Right royal jaunt for Hervey Bay family

AS ROYAL fever sweeps the nation, one Hervey Bay resident prepares to journey to Sydney in the hope of catching a glimpse of Wills, Kate and baby George in Sydney this weekend.

The last time Julianne Reid had the opportunity to see members of the royal family on an Australia tour, a last-minute decision saw her journey postponed.

"I was 38 weeks pregnant," she said.

"My friend and I decided that we wouldn't risk it because we couldn't be standing around waiting for a long time in the crowds.

"We figured we would just see them on their next trip to Australia.

"That was Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1996 and as we all know, less than 12 months later Diana was tragically killed and never made it back.

"So nothing will stop me this time."

At her home, Julianne boasts a collection of royal memorabilia that includes everything from bottles of port to commemorative plates and key rings.

Her journey is made all the more impressive as she and her daughters will be driving to Sydney, where they will meet their equally monarchist mother-in-law.

"We plan to wait for the royals at St Andrew's Cathedral," she said.

"My mother has knitted a jumper for baby George, which we will be taking with us on our trip."



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