HIS­TORY RE­PEATED when Prince Harry came to town

Dubbo Photo News - - Front Page - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

WHEN the Duke of Sus­sex was in town last Wed­nes­day, he met Dubbo lad Finn Do­herty at Dubbo’s now world fa­mous Vic­to­ria Park.

A lit­tle piece of his­tory un­folded be­tween them.

Finn, 5, was at­tend­ing the royal visit with fel­low stu­dents from Rain­bow Cot­tage and was for­tu­nate enough to be in­side the in­vi­ta­tion-only area.

He had two gifts in his hands: flow­ers for Meghan, and a pho­to­graph from 1927.

In the sepia pic­ture, Rose-marie Waddy, aged about 8 at the time, presents flow­ers to the then Duchess of York on the steps of the Prince of Wales hos­pi­tal in Syd­ney.

The Duchess and Duke of York who would be king, were the royal rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the open­ing of the pro­vi­sional Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra that year.

Rose-marie’s fa­ther was the chief sur­geon at Prince of Wales hos­pi­tal at the time and can just be seen be­hind the ma­tron.

His con­nec­tion to the hos­pi­tal is prob­a­bly why she was cho­sen to do the hon­our of pre­sent­ing the Duchess with a bou­quet.

By lovely coin­ci­dence, the Duchess of York and Rose-marie are Harry and Finn’s great grand­moth­ers, re­spec­tively.

In a touch­ing mo­ment in Dubbo, Harry squat­ted down in the rain in front of Finn and the two great grand­sons of the women pho­tographed all those years ago, looked at the im­age to­gether.

In 1927, the pho­to­graph ap­peared in an il­lus­trated sou­venir of the royal visit.

In 2018, the meet­ing of the great grand­sons is a sou­venir Finn will prob­a­bly cher­ish for­ever.

Prince Harry and Dubbo boy Finn Do­herty look at a pho­to­graph of their great grand­moth­ers meet­ing in 1927.Left: As the Duchess of York ac­cepted flow­ers from Rose-marie Waddy in 1927, lit­tle did they know their great grand­sons would one day meet in Dubbo. PHO­TOS: SUP­PLIED BY ED­WINA DO­HERTY

Finn at Vic­to­ria Park last Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 17, with flow­ers and a photo for the royal cou­ple.

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