Royal veterans have seen it all
ROYAL wedding fever will grip the homes of more than one billion people tonight – and for Warwick’s Hermann and Millie Stoeckert, it will signal yet another historic event in their lifetimes.
Ninety-nine-year-old Hermann and his wife Millie have been married for 74 years and have collected a few royal memories during their time together.
The pair has witnessed the wedding of the then-Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip in November 1947, and the weddings of each of their four children (along with three divorces).
Mr Stoeckert remembers dropping a friend off at the airport to witness Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1952.
“I remember he flew from Dorrigo in New South Wales all the way over to England to see it,” he said.
“In those days the TV wasn’t all that good.
"When the coronation was on we had a television set but the picture wasn’t what it is today.”
More than 20 years later, it was the visit from a 16-year-old Prince Charles that resonated for the pair.
“He went to Barney Joyce’s place out at Mundubbera for a few months, to experience life here,” Mr Stoeckert said.
“At the time we managed the post office between Mundubbera and Gayndah.”
For Mrs Stoeckert, it was the wedding of Lady Diana and Prince Charles that captivated the royal wedding veteran.
“She just looked beautiful.
"She had the longest train,” she said.
The royal-savvy pair will watch the next piece of regal history tonight and said they were interested to see it unfold.
Fellow Akoomarak resident Hilda Klesa said she too was intrigued by the ceremony.
“Not by anything in particular – it’s just a part of history,” she said.
“I remember the wedding of Charles and Diana very well.
"I was in Warwick and watched it on the television with my husband.”
Mrs Klesa said the soon-to-be Princess Catherine would “make a big difference” to the royal family.
“I think it will give them a really good boost,” she said.
“She seems like a lovely girl and very suited to their way of life I think.”