Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a ballot process to select the lucky 250 Canberrans who will get to draw close to the royal presence when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George come to Canberra.
“Interested Canberrans will be offered the chance to see Their Royal Highnesses and Prince George on their arrival at Defence Establishment Fairbairn on Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014 or attend the National Arboretum Canberra on Thursday 24 April 2014 where The Duke and Duchess will plant an English Oak Tree.
“We anticipate there will be a huge amount of interest around the visit and we wanted to make sure that there was some opportunity for Canberrans to attend these events with Their Royal Highnesses,” the Chief Minister said.
“Through the ballot process, 200 locals will be selected to attend the airport arrival on Easter Sunday.
“Another 50 will have the opportunity to attend the tree planting ceremony. Both events will otherwise be closed to members of the public. The National Arboretum will be closed prior to and during the tree planting, and will reopen in the afternoon to allow members of the public to view the tree.”
You can apply for the ballot online, but be quick as it closes midday on Tuesday April 8.
Successful applicants will be notified by mid April.
“While there are limited places to attend the balloted events, Canberrans can also catch a glimpse of The Duke and Duchess either at the National Portrait Gallery or at the Australian War Memorial during the Anzac Day National Ceremony,” the Chief Minister concluded.