HAVING officially stepped down as Hibiscus Queen 2012, Drue Slatter breathed a sigh of relief and gratefulness for the year which has been.
Speaking from the comfort of her home in Suva at a Sunday lunch with her family, Ms Slatter said she was happy to pass on the privilege of the crown to this year's Hibiscus queen Priscilla Reddy.
"After a year as Miss Hibiscus, you sit back and you join the rank of people before me like Mere Nailatikau and Alisi Rabukawaqa, I get to look at it in retrospect and fully appreciate the year that I had and I'm sure Priscilla is going to do a great job," Miss Slatter said yesterday.
"I don't think you ever truly stop being the person you were during hibiscus. It's simply a refinement and it feels good to hand it over."
As part of her year as the reigning queen, Ms Slatter said one of her major achievements included meeting the 350 Fiji group on climate change.
"I think that was probably one of the most enjoyable things I've done, working with them on the Pacific Day of Action against Climate Change and also working with the Hibiscus Charity Champs and the Early Intervention Centre were also really great," she said.