Jane Stephens and Patricia Bailey represented their sister, crown princess Mary who had the honour of having a newly developed rose named after her in Hobart (Tasmania), Australia.
Patricia: “I haven’t seen Christian since the baptism and back then he was so very tiny. But I think that my children are even more excited. Michael is now 12, Madisson 11 and little Mollie is 4 years old. The two eldest will probably fight about holding him”, she said.
Jane & Patricia were accompanied by their husbands, Craig Stephens and Scott Bailey, and by Mary's aunt & uncle: Roy Donaldson and husband John Pugh.
Jane told the press $1 from every sold rose would be donated to the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Heart Foundation, at Mary's request. Princess Mary's mother died of a heart condition. Jane: “Mother loved roses and had many in her garden. Yesterday it was nine years ago that she died, but roses will always remind us of her. Through the roses she is still with us, and not a day goes by without us thinking about her”.
Mrs Stephens laughed when asked if it was strange for a rose to be named after her sister. "No, no," she said. "Not any more. A year ago yes, but not now."