Mayor, Joanna Gash has today announced an invitation to have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Shoalhaven City as part their upcoming Australian tour.
As part of the formal invitation, Council has provided the Royal couple with a very important and unique reason to visit Shoalhaven City this April.
'Without us you may never have met'
The Mayor took the opportunity at today's launch to share the area's strong links with the Royal couple.
Alexander Berry, who along with Edward Wollstonecraft established the first European settlement on the New South Wales South Coast in the early 1820's, attended St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland before immigrating to Australia.
On Alexander Berry's death in 1873 his estate was bequeathed to his only living relative, his brother David Berry.
As part of his brother's final wishes, David Berry bequeathed 100,000 pounds (approximately $16 million in today's currency) to the St Andrews University on his own death in 1889 as recognition of Alexander's indebtedness to the institution.
Reports at the time indicate that the money bequeathed to St Andrews University proved the difference in the organisation removing itself from its then dire financial institution.
St Andrews University is where while studying in 2005; Prince William met his future wife Kate Middleton.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said that had it not been for the donation provided by Alexander Berry it was extremely likely that the Royal couple would not have met.
"Shoalhaven City is extremely proud to be extending this very special invitation to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge," said Clr Gash.
"Although he could not have known it at the time, Alexander Berry's extremely generous donation to St Andrews University has helped make one of the most famous relationships in the world possible.
"It is extremely remarkable to consider that some of the most everlasting images of the past decade, including the Royal wedding and the birth of Prince George, may not have been possible without the Shoalhaven."
"Looking back through hindsight, David Berry could be described as both the world's most famous and most unlikely Cupid."
Mayor, Gash said that Council had compiled a full four day itinerary for the Royal Couple as part of the invitation, inclusive of a visit to Coolangatta Mountain, the final resting place of David Berry.
Suggestions on what the Royal couple might like to experience should they choose to visit the Shoalhaven can be made by the following link: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Invited to Visit the Shoalhaven.
"Shoalhaven City offers visitors an unmatched array of amazing sights and scenes, making it the ideal destination for the average family or the most celebrated couple in the world," said Clr Gash.
"From Booderee National Park and Jervis Bay to Bundanon, Kangaroo Valley and the area's fabulous wineries and restaurants, the area boasts a unique and unmatched mix of natural beauty and attractions."
"The Shoalhaven has a lot to offer as a destination, the Duke of Cambridge might even consider a visit to HMAS Albatross in line with his career as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot.
Mayor, Gash said that the invitation included HMAS Creswell as a suggested base for the Australian tour.
"Creswell provides an ideal secure base location for the Royal couple given its close proximity to Sydney and on site facilities," said Clr Gash.
"Further to this, HMAS Creswell happens to have the whitest sand in the world and one of the most stunning and iconic views on the eastern seaboard, making it an ideal holiday destination.
"I would certainly like to warmly encourage both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to accept the Shoalhaven's invitation to visit the area and see for themselves why the area's unspoiled natural beauty makes it one destination that is truly fit for a (future) king."
Mayor, Joanna Gash said Council would hand deliver a specially prepared invitation to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra later this week.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172
Locals come out in force to invite the Royal couple to the Shoalhaven at today's launch at Coolangatta Estate
Mayor, Joanna Gash at the launch today