The close-knit Woodley family including 13-month-old Ruby Carroll spent the day together after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited them at Mountain View near Wongarbon on Wednesday.
Ruby’s mother, Emily Carroll, said 21 family members shared their experiences and conversations with the royals and felt “grateful and lucky” to have been chosen to give them a look at a relentless drought.
Mrs Carroll, granddaughter of Richard and Margaret Woodley, and niece of Scott and Elaine Woodley who with eldest daughter Laura farm Mountain View, said Meghan’s pregnancy had generated media coverage of the royals watching sixth generation family member Ruby.
“That was a special moment but mostly the visit was about the drought,” she said on Thursday.
The royals inspected the livestock and crop property farmed by five generations of the family since 1887 before sitting down to talk with them.
Ruby, sick of sitting on her mother’s lap, got to her feet a couple of times to the delight of attending media.
“She walked around with the spoon, talking to herself,” Mrs Carroll said.
“Obviously, she was oblivious to the importance of the occasion.”