ABBOTSBURY'S Nina Kiwarkis got up close and personal with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last Wednesday when they visited Sydney as part of their 10-day royal tour of Australia.
The 50-year-old, who is waiting for a heart and lung transplant, received a VIP pass for the event and was introduced to the pair in a reserved area at the Opera House.
"It was an amazing experience . . . one I will never forget," Ms Kiwarkis said.
"I had a five-minute conversation with Prince William about the Heart and Lung Unit at St Vincent's Hospital because I am a patient there."
She said Prince William was interested in learning more about the unit and he asked her plenty of questions regarding the treatments she was undergoing.
"He was very compassionate. I asked him to visit the hospital the next time he came to Sydney," Ms Kiwarkis said.
She said she also spoke about the unit to Kate, who seemed keen to learn more about it.
"Kate was such a lady," Ms Kiwarkis said.
"I could see Diana in her with the way she presented herself and greeted us with a warm handshake, her smile and the way her eyes looked at people."
While Ms Kiwarkis didn't get to meet Prince George, she did tell the Duchess just how "gorgeous" she thought he was.
The couple and their son visited the Blue Mountains last Thursday before heading off to Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Uluru.