Aaliyah Rowe got to South Bank early yesterday so she could get close to the royal couple. Her perseverance paid off when Kate stopped and talked to her.
Aaliyah Rowe got to South Bank early yesterday so she could get close to the royal couple. Her perseverance paid off when Kate stopped and talked to her. DAVE Huntaap

Long wait pays off for princess Aaliyah

MEETING a real-life princess is every little girl's dream.

Aaliyah Rowe will be the envy of all her friends after she spent time with Catherine during the royals' stroll down a short street in Brisbane's South Bank precinct.

The Beachmere nine-year-old - wearing a stunning tiara and pretty yellow dress - was able to hand her pristinely wrapped pink carnations to the duchess.

"It was exciting," Aaliyah said. "She said I had a nice dress and she liked her flowers."

Mother Aleasha Bliss said her daughter was in shock as she shook hands with Kate and managed only a "thank you" in response.

After travelling into the city on the train early in the morning to snap up a prime position, Aaliyah had a long wait before the moment she will never forget arrived.

Asked why she wanted to meet Kate, she said: "Because I just do".

She had plenty to say on the princess's dresses and baby George too.

"I think they're really, really pretty," she said. "I think (George is) really cute. I would have wanted to see him."

Aaliyah was among thousands who flocked to South Bank to see William and Kate walk through and have a chance to talk to them.

Australian flags were waved furiously while a few people from the homeland dressed up in British colours for the occasion.



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