Flood heroes' royal appreciation
THE Royals' popularity in Australia appears as strong as ever after 45,000 people packed around QPAC in South Brisbane to get a glimpse of the Queen and Prince Philip.
Queen Elizabeth II was attending a ceremony to host over 200 people who had lost family or property in the January floods and to meet the people from communities around Queensland who helped them.
In particular, the Queen and Prince Philip's star would be on the rise with most of the Lockyer Valley residents who were invited to attend the meeting for their genuine warmth in personally greeting each of the 200 people in attendance.
Among those were Gatton Fire Station captain Geoff Dixon and tireless Gatton charity worker Patricia Brandt who spoke of the honour in being there.
Mr Dixon said he has been involved at the Gatton Fire Station for 26 years and was leader of the Swiftwater Rescue team involved in the many rescues around Murphys Creek on January 10.
"The impressive thing was the Queen and Prince Philip took the time to speak with everyone," he said.
"I was very proud to represent the fire service."
Patricia Brandt said she was invited as part of her volunteer role with LINC and the Salvation Army in Gatton and was ecstatic at meeting the Queen as part of a group of 10 community workers.
"She was absolutely amazing and we had a wonderful day," she said.
"Everyone got a handshake and a word from the Queen."
Fernvale couple John and Lynette Lynch also got to meet the Queen and were reported as saying their meeting with the Queen was timely as they would be returning home this week.