While there was considerable debate and controversy about details of the royal tour, including the ‘battle of the royal visit milk tops’ provoked by the decision of Internal Affairs that the use of the royal crest on Wellington City milk tops was unconstitutional, there was very little overt opposition to the tour as such. Some individuals protested. The communist mayor of Brunner, Leonard Richardson, refused to wear a suit and boycotted the reception at Greymouth. A Whanganui resident refused to leave a shop to watch the royals pass by, saying, ‘I’m not getting up for those Pommie buggers!’ But even the Communist Party did not speak out against the Queen, merely criticising the amount of money spent on decorations. In later tours there was more organised protest, encouraged especially by the Republican Association of New Zealand.