A right royal good time
HAVING Prince Charles open the State Treasury buildings and attend the royal barbecue were Premier Colin Barnett’s highlights during the royal visit last month.
Mr Barnett said he was pleased the Prince of Wales agreed to his request to open the State Government-owned buildings after a $105 million restoration.
“That’s the most beautiful restoration of an old public building that Perth’s seen and Prince Charles has a long-term interest in restoration of heritage buildings and their conversion into modern usage,” he said.
Mr Barnett said he had received positive feedback from the “superbly organised” barbecue at Cottesloe Gardens to celebrate Prince Charles’ birthday.
“I think he enjoyed it; it was a big and happy crowd and it wasn’t just prominent people,” he said. “We also included emergency services workers and essential workers such as teachers, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and the like.”
Mr Barnett said he was impressed by the amount of time Prince Charles spent talking with party guests and children.
“At one stage he was being mobbed by people, one of his staff said, ‘can you try to get his Royal Highness to move on more quickly’,” Mr Barnett said. “I said to him ‘sir, your staff are saying you need to move more quickly’, so he laughed and said ‘how do you think we’re going to do that?’.
“He was good fun.”