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Dunedin To Host Prince Charles’ Stag Do


Dunedin To Host Prince Charles’ Great Southern Stag Do

Dunedin (28 February ) – Dunedin will host Prince Charles’ stag do when he is in town on Saturday, 5 March.

The Great Southern Stag Do will be Prince Charles’ last opportunity to let his hair down and have a bit of fun before his impending nuptials to Camilla Parker-Bowles on April 8.

Dunedin businessmen Dave McKewen and John McDonald are organising the Do on the Prince’s behalf.

“Charles is missing out on a Stag Do in the UK because he is keeping his agreement to come out to New Zealand, so it’s only right and proper that Dunedin puts on this Do for him,” Mr McKewen said.

“We know a lot of Charles’s mates can’t make it over so we’re also rounding up a few students and some rugby fans to pad out the crowd,” Mr McKewen said.

Mr McDonald commented that Prince Charles has been telling the media that he is coming to Dunedin for a bit of relaxation before the wedding, “but the truth is that he is here for the stag Do,” he said.

“You will note that his official itinerary has him free on Saturday night. Well, he’s saying that because he’s a bit worried about the potential drinks bill if all his mates turn up - and Mummy isn’t paying for this one,” Mr McDonald said.

A formal invitation for the Prince to attend his own stag do will be passed onto the Mayor of Dunedin, Peter Chin, with a request to present it to the Prince when he arrives in the City. There is also an expectation that the Mayor will do whatever he can to make sure Prince Charles gets to the Do.

“The Mayor is catching up with Charles on Saturday night and I’m hoping he can surprise him and make sure he turns up for the Do on time,” Mr McDonald.

The Do kicks off at the Terrace Bar and Restaurant from 6 p.m. and there is an open invitation to all of Charles’ subjects – loyal or otherwise.

The Great Southern Stag Do is taking place right in the middle of town and a big turnout is expected.

“It’s going to be a themed Do and we’re expecting most people to turn up in royal riding gear,” Mr McDonald said.

“We’ll be having competitions for the Best Dressed Toff and, since we know Charles is a great mimic, we’re going to be turning the tables on him with a competition to see who can do the best Prince Charles impression.” Mr McDonald said.

The Stag Do will kick-off at the Terrace from 6 p.m. on 5 March, with fun and festivities throughout the night.

Prince Charles is a big rugby fan so the Do will include live coverage of the Highlanders vs Sharks Super 12 match.

The Do is expected to last through the night.

“We know that Charles has to get to church across the road in the morning first thing on Sunday morning but we reckon he’ll be able to just crawl out of here for that,” Mr McDonald said.

For Further Information:

Dave McKewen 03 471 8848

John McDonald 03 479 0010

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