ROYAL TREATMENT: His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales applies a bandage to Lieutenant Gerard Hinchliffe during an exercise at the Royal Australian Artillery in Darwin’s Robertson Barracks.
ROYAL TREATMENT: His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales applies a bandage to Lieutenant Gerard Hinchliffe during an exercise at the Royal Australian Artillery in Darwin’s Robertson Barracks. CPL Oliver Carter

Former TCC student’s brush with UK royalty

FORMER school captain of Rockhampton's The Cathedral College Lieutenant Gerard Hinchliffe told his mother that Prince Harry was a "very good bloke".

Lt Hinchliffe was charged with the task of working closely with His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales during his time in Darwin's Robertson Barracks this month.

The fifth-in-line to the British throne was participating in an exchange with the Australian Army and spent the first two weeks of the month-long stint in Kununurra and Darwin.

Lt Hinchliffe's mother Christine Hinchliffe said her son was proud to be chosen, especially after he was awarded the Queen's Medal for excellence in 2013.

"He said that he was given the specific task of working with Harry," she said.

"He handles himself quite proficiently and professionally so they suggested Gerard... he was very happy and proud. He said Harry was a very good bloke and very down to earth."

Ms Hinchliffe said his grandmother had shared the photo of Lt Hinchliffe and the Prince on her Facebook post, claiming "bragging rights".

Ms Hinchliffe, who works at TCC, said the photo of her son and Prince Harry had been circulated through the school. Students had been shown the photo to serve as an inspiration.

"He was the dux of the college, and it just shows if you work hard and try your best you don't know where you will end up," she said.

"We are all very proud of Gerard."