Bear hug for Prince George after scenic visit to Blue Mountains

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge at Echo Point on April 17, 2014. Photo: AUSPICBy Ellen Hill – Blue Mountains Attractions Group

Two Blue Mountains tourism businesses were showcased to the Royal Family during the recent visit to the area by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Scenic World joint managing director Anthea Hammon was the official escort for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during her brief visit to Echo Point on Thursday, April 17. (Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism CEO Randall Walker escorted The Duke of Cambridge).

Scenic World joint managing director Anthea Hammon (l) and Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism CEO Randall Walker (r) shows the Royal couple the magnificent vista. Photo: Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon TourismMs Hammon, whose image was beamed around the world wearing her eye-catching Scenic World uniform, said hosting The Duchess was an exciting personal privilege and a priceless opportunity to showcase Scenic World and the Blue Mountains.

She was even able to point out to Her Royal Highness the home of the world’s steepest railway across the Jamison Valley from Echo Point.

“She said she was keen to come back to the Blue Mountains and explore some of the bush tracks we have here,’’ Ms Hammon said.

The Royal couple also received a special edition Prince George teddy bear from Nana’s Teddies & Toys at Blaxland, presented to a Kensington Palace official at Echo Point by a tourism representative before the visit.

The bear was passed to the Duke and Duchess for baby Prince George, along with accompanying documents of authentication and a letter from Australia’s largest specialty bear shop owner Dave Robertson.

Mr Robertson, who is also Blue Mountains Attractions Group president, said the HRH Prince George bear was created by Hermann Coburg of Germany to celebrate the birth of the future King of England.

Only 500 such plush toys were made worldwide.

The Prince George bear presented to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Attractions GroupValued at $399, the Prince George bear is made of a thick curly white German mohair filled with high resilience polyester fibre and wears a collar embroidered with tiny blue flowers amid lots of gold and the Royal Crown.

His paws are embroidered with the edition number and his birth details and comes with a Hermann certificate of authenticity.

The bear is part of the British Royalty Series.

“When we heard that Their Royal Highnesses were to visit the Blue Mountains, we knew we had to get a Prince George bear to them,’’ Mr Robertson said.

“We are very honoured that the Royal family will now have a piece of Nana’s Teddies in their home.’’

The Royal visit had already helped boost visitation to the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region, providing welcome relief after a challenging past few months, Mr Robertson said.

“The Easter break has been huge for tourist attractions this year. Businesses have been literally overflowing with visitors and the streets have been filled with people in holiday mode, which creates a positive, happy vibe for everyone.

“The weather has been perfect. The Blue Mountains is the place to be.’’

Jan Robertson from Nana’s Teddies & Toys with the Prince George bear. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Attractions Group

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