Prince Charles has come to the end of what looks to have been a busy but exciting week in Australia.
His seven-day visit Down Under saw him visiting places including Queensland, the Northern Territory and Vanuatu, the South Pacific island nation.
And it would seem the Prince of Wales, who was joined by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, for part of the tour, has loved every minute of his week away, as he expressed his love for the country and its people.
Prince Charles is said to have been “really touched” by the number of locals who arrived to greet him as he visited various places across the country.
As reported in SBS News the Prince of Wales expressed: “I love Australians, and I love coming here.”
His trip saw him visit a National Critical Care and Trauma Centre in Darwin; he laid a wreath at the cenotaph, had food prepared for him by contestants of Masterchef Australia and even had his own welcome ceremony performed by an indigenous community at the sacred site of Mount Nhulun.
One thing that was still left uncertain during his visit, however, was the future of Australia’s monarchy.
With this remaining a topic for debate, a poll conducted this week on behalf of The Australian newspaper found that opposition to the country becoming a republic has risen to its highest level since 1999 with 41% of people asked being against the scrapping of the monarchy.
However, despite the uncertainties surrounding Australia’s future monarchy, this did not dampen any spirits on Prince Charles’s visit.
As well as visiting indigenous communities, the Prince of Wales also had the privilege of opening the Commonwealth Games for The Queen.
He also took a day trip to Vanuatu where thousands of people lined the streets to greet him. He visited the South Pacific island to witness how the community has pulled together since Cyclone Pam wreaked devastation on the island.
The Prince finished his tour at Darwin’s Government House where a reception was held and even placed a message in a time capsule which is to be opened in 30 years time.
So after a busy week down under it is safe to say Prince Charles certainly saw the best of Australia and its wonderful citizens, no doubt he will not be hesitating to return!