The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will tour New Zealand and Australia from 4th through 15th November. Whilst on tour the royal couple will visit 12 cities and towns covering seven regions of New Zealand as well as three Australian states and one territory during the 12 days of their tour.
Prince Charles and Camilla will arrive in Wellington at the beginning of the trip and will travel to Dunedin, Nelson, Ngaruawahia, New Plymouth and Auckland in New Zealand. Charles will also visit Westport. In Australia, Charles and his wife will tour Adelaide and Tanunda, Canberra, Sydney, Albany and Perth.
The New Zealand leg of the tour will see Charles and Camilla arrive by train into historic Dunedin station during one of their stops. There they will partake in a food and wine sampling during a visit to scenic Nelson. The royal couple will view a waka (canoe) armada on the Waikato River.
On the Australian part of the tour, Charles and Camilla will mark the centenary of Gallipoli by visiting the new National Anzac Centre in Albany and viewing the point from which the troop convoys departed.
They will also have the opportunity to visit South Australian town of Tanunda and celebrate The Prince of Wales 67th birthday with Western Australian families at a beachside barbeque in Cottesloe.
In 2013, Charles spent his 65th birthday in India with his wife as they were on tour.
The theme of this visit is culture, conservation and community. There will be many opportunities for Prince Charles and Camilla to meet various people in both rural and urban areas in both countries.
Events that will focus on community will include Charles’s visit to Nga Rangatahi Toa (“Strong Youth”) in Auckland to learn how the organisation implements intensive creative arts mentoring. In Syndey, Camilla will spend time at a charity that collects surplus food, and redistributes it to charities that support the needy.
The focus on culture will include engagements in New Zealand where Camilla will attend a literary reception at Otago University, marking Dunedin’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature. In Australia, Prince Charles will visit the National Museum of Australia.
During Conservation Week in New Zealand, the heir to the throne and his wife will learn about the ongoing work being undertaken to preserve native species at Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary. Whilst in Perth, Charles, the keen conservationist will learn about the efforts of the Western Australian Seed Technology Centre to protect Western Australia’s biodiversity.
Not to be overlooked on this tour is the strong relationship with the military in both countries.
During their time in Wellington, New Zealand the royal couple will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial. Charles will also take part in a military exercise in Westport.
The Prince and Duchess will spend Remembrance Day in Canberra, Australia. Charles will also attend the National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. The Duchess, of Cornwall, who is Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Australian Corps of Military Police, will visit Victoria Barracks in Sydney, to mark their 100th anniversary.
Charles is Colonel-in-chief of The Royal Pacific Islands Regiment and Colonel-in-chief of The Royal Australian Armoured Corps. In New Zealand, he is Admiral of the Fleet of Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army and Marshal of Royal New Zealand Air Force.
This tour will be The Prince of Wales’s 9th visit to New Zealand, and his 15th to Australia. It is The Duchess of Cornwall’s second visit to both countries. The couple last visited both countries in 2012 as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour.
Charles first visited Australia in 1966. The Prince then 17 years old spent two terms in 1966 at Timbertop, a remote school in central Victoria. He then spent two weeks at Geelong Grammar School.
His first visit to New Zealand occurred in 1970. The Queen participated in the James Cook bicentenary celebrations and introduced Prince Charles and Princess Anne to New Zealand. It was during this tour the royal ‘walk-about’ began.