The ‘luckiest girl’ in the designer dress
The ‘luckiest girl’ in the designer dress fit for a Princess at Queenstown’s Shotover Jet
Five-year-old Maggie Langford is one lucky little girl. The young Queenstowner fulfilled every little girl’s dream today (Sunday April 13) as she presented the Duchess of Cambridge with a floral bouquet of red tulips and roses during the Royal visit to Shotover Jet.
Maggie, the daughter of Dart River Jet’s Territory Manager Martin Langford who has worked for Ngāi Tahu Tourism for ten years, was hand-picked from the company’s Queenstown families to hand over the all-important bouquet during the Royal visit.
And she did so in a designer dress made especially for her to complete her big day.
The youngster, who turns six in May, lives in Kelvin Heights with her family and is a pupil at Remarkables Primary School. She said she was “really excited” to be presenting the official flowers to the Duchess.
Dad Martin said it was every little girl’s dream birthday present to meet a “real live Princess”.
“She doesn’t quite comprehend the enormity of it and that the photo of her gifting the Duchess the flowers will be with her forever and could make the news around the world,” he said. “It’s quite a privilege.
“We sat down with her and explained what a Duchess is and showed her what she will be doing on the day. In her mind the Royal couple are a Prince and Princess and I think she understands that better than a Duke and Duchess.
“Maggie’s Mum and Grandma are very into their fashion, so Maggie certainly is a wee ‘styley’ dresser. She was very cute when we told her about the dress, and cried out “A dress made just for me?” She was almost as happy as when we told her she was meeting the Duchess.
With a shy smile on her face just after she’d presented the Duchess with the flowers, young Maggie said she would tell all her friends that she’d had ‘a very special day”.
Maggie’s beautiful dress was designed and made for her to mark the auspicious occasion by local Queenstown fashion label Claire Bloom.
A riot of colour in Shotover Jet’s trademark ‘Big Red’, the vibrant dress featured sparkles –just like every Princess should have.
"Every little girl must dream of meeting a real princess, or a delightful Duchess in this case,” said Welsh-born Claire Brinsley, who designs under the ‘claire bloom’ label.
“It’s such a wonderful moment for Maggie, a story she will be able to tell for the rest of her life.
“I was honoured to be asked to design the dress for her, it was a true privilege.”
Mrs Brinsley revealed that the dress will now be going to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation to raise funds for what she described as “a very worthwhile cause."
It will be auctioned at a Pink Ribbon Breakfast mother and daughter event at Mollies in Auckland on Mother’s Day (Sunday May 11), hosted by NZBCF ambassador and former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes.
“The dress is arguably the most unique item we’ve had the privilege to auction,” said Van Henderson, chief executive at the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. “It’s simply stunning, and we’re so grateful for Claire’s generosity in offering it to us.”