Prince Charles and Camilla head Down Under to Australia
As Prince William and wife Catherine wrap up a colourful Pacific islands tour, the next royal touchdown in the southern hemisphere takes shape.
AS Prince William and wife Catherine wrap up a colourful Pacific islands tour, the next royal touchdown in the southern hemisphere takes shape.
Prince Charles and wife Camilla will head Down Under in November for a trip to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.
After two nights in PNG, the future British king and his wife of seven years will arrive in Australia on 5 November for a whirlwind five-night stay taking in Longreach, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Canberra.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office on Tuesday released dates and a brief outline of the tour, during which Charles and Camilla will act as “The Queen’s personal representatives in the Diamond Jubilee year”.
A spokeswoman at Clarence House, the couple’s London residence, declined to confirm any details for the tour, saying only that particulars will be provided closer to the time.
Across the ditch, NZ Prime Minister John Keys was more forthcoming about the couple’s Kiwi call-in.
A 10 November arrival in Auckland will kick-start a six-night visit – due to take in Wellington, Christchurch and the small Manawatu town of Feilding – for a range of official, sporting and agricultural events.
While Charles, who will celebrate his 64th birthday on 14 November, has made repeated visits to Australia and NZ, the tour will be a first for the Duchess of Cornwall, 65.
She has repeatedly voiced her dislike of long-haul flights, but with a love of horse racing, it is possible that an opportunity to attend the Melbourne Cup may have helped Charles placate his spouse.
The last time Charles was at Flemington was in 1985 with first wife Diana, Princess of Wales.
Longreach is understood to have been included on the royal itinerary as it is a base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, for which Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce is patron.
The outback health care providers shared in a pool of more than $A1.5 million donated to charity for the wedding of William and Catherine in April 2011.
On Tuesday, the younger royals arrived in Tuvalu, the last stop on the couple’s nine-day tour of South East Asia and the Pacific, celebrating the Queen’s 60-year reign.
It has been a dramatic journey for the couple, while in Europe lawyers on their behalf battle to prevent the further publication of topless photos of the 30-year-old Duchess. – AAP