Amidst a seven-day tour of Australia, the Prince of Wales had a blast from the past when he met a woman who made headlines by stealing a kiss from him — 40 years earlier.
BBC News reports Leila Sherwood was waiting for the prince outside a church while he attended services in Cairns, holding a 1979 newspaper clipping of the story chronicling how she kissed the prince on the cheek when she was just 14.
As Sherwood told BBC News: “He held my hand and said ‘Bless you’ — I didn’t want to let go of his hand!”
Also waiting to meet Prince Charles was Elizabeth Kula Kula, who told him that she was named after his mother, Queen Elizabeth. After sharing a handshake and a few words with the prince, the woman was overcome with emotion and broke down in tears.
The prince has had a jam-packed week during his visit to Australia, and during a reception in Brisbane earlier in the week he jokingly addressed his upcoming 70th birthday.
“I do know only too well… the strange feeling of disbelief that this is actually happening and that never again, for instance, will it be possible to squeeze into a pair of budgie smugglers,” he quipped, using the local slang for a tight Speedo-style bathing suit.