A princess meets the royals

A princess meets the royals

SINGAPORE - Seven-year-old Maeve Low will never forget being princess for a day - and meeting a real-life duchess too.

Dressed in a bright pink dress and toy tiara, she found herself face-to-face with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visited the Rolls Royce Factory here.

The meeting last year between Maeve and Prince William and his wife Catherine was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore.

On Sept 12, Maeve and her family - mum Joanne and dad Bernard, both teachers, and younger sister Paige, three - were picked up in a limousine. When they arrived at the factory at Seletar Aerospace Park, they found about 200 Rolls Royce staff flanking the corridor, clapping for Maeve.

"I felt very royal," she says. When she saw the Duke and Duchess in the foyer, however, she was so nervous that she barely said a word.

"I kept looking at the Duchess, who is so pretty and had such high heels. I wondered why she was not wearing a tiara though," says Maeve. "I decided that maybe the tiara makes her head hurt."

The meeting lasted 10 minutes.

Her mother Joanne Poon, 39, says she was touched by the efforts of Make-A-Wish. "The extravagance, the way they totally indulge the child, it really stays with them for a long time and they feel truly special," she adds.

Maeve was told about her meeting with the British royal couple about a month before they arrived in Singapore. She was familiar with their names, having watched their royal wedding on television in 2011.

With her long hair and big smile now, she has come a long way.

She was 31/2 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Burkitt's lymphoma, an aggressive abdominal cancer.

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