Issue 3
Monday, 30 April 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
From left: Associate Professor Natasha Stacey and Bilawara Lee meet His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales
From left: Associate Professor Natasha Stacey and Bilawara Lee meet His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

Staff meet royalty in Darwin

Two of our own had a brush with royalty during Prince Charles’ whirlwind visit to Darwin.

RIEL research fellow Associate Professor Natasha Stacey and CDU Larrakia Academic in Residence Bilawara Lee were among 30 handpicked Territorians to meet the HRH the Prince of Wales at an exclusive event at Government House hosted by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM.

Both staff members said it was an honour to meet Prince Charles who impressed them with his passion, charm and local knowledge.

“He was quite engaged, chatty and charming,” Dr Stacey said. “I spoke to him about my research on sustainable coastal livelihoods and of my attendance some years ago to the World Fisheries Congress, which had been supported by the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation. 

“We also spoke about the benefits of marine protection areas as a tool in the conservation and management of fisheries stock. He was very interested and informed on the topic.”

Ms Lee said Prince Charles was relaxed and warm, and knowledgeable about Australia and the Territory. 

“I told him the dilly bag he received in Yirrkala was a very special bag – a bag fit for a king,” she said. “He laughed at that and seemed to be really enjoying his visit to the Top End. I also welcomed him to Larrakia country, thanked him for being an environmental warrior and told him about my bush medicine studies at Menzies School of Health Research.”