The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand from 3rd to 16th November 2012
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand for two weeks in November as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The royal tour, which took place between 3rd and 16th November, followed other Diamond Jubilee visits by senior members of the Royal Family including Their Royal Highnesses' own tour of Canada, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Singapore and the Far East and Prince Harry’s tour of the Caribbean.
Throughout the tour The Prince renewed old friendships and formed new ties as well had the opportunity to introduce his wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, to each country for the first time.
From 3rd to 5th November, The Prince returned to Papua New Guinea where, in 1966, he visited as a school pupil while studying at Geelong Grammar School in Australia. The Prince also visited in 1975 when he acted as The Queen’s representative during independence celebrations and again nine years later when he returned to open the new Parliament Building. This time The Prince, accompanied by his wife The Duchess of Cornwall, met traditional cultural groups, church workers, charity and community volunteers, military personnel and young people at various locations in and around Port Moresby.
In Australia, The Prince and The Duchess took part in a series of community-led celebrations of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, acknowledging the remarkable service of the Australian Defence Force and attended this year’s Melbourne Cup. Farmers, members of the emergency services, and young people were featured in a busy six day programme from 5th to 10th November which took Their Royal Highnesses to Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
In New Zealand, from 10th to 16th November, the royal couple attended events and celebrations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as well as making a brief stop in Manawatu. The programme included a focus on New Zealand excellence and innovation, including sport, agriculture, and business as well as reflecting The Duchess’s long-standing interests such as children’s literacy and nutrition, community service, and animal health. Her Royal Highness, a keen promoter of literacy, is a fan of Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary books, and took part in an event with some of Hairy Maclary’s young readers during the visit. The Royal couple celebrated The Prince’s 64th birthday on 14th November in Wellington.