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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have been visiting Papua New Guinea as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour.
The royal couple arrived at the Sir John Guise Stadium in the capital of Port Moresby to a cheering crowd of 5,000.
After an open air church service Charles presented new colours to the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment.
During a speech to the crowds Charles spoke in Pidgin English and said: "I bring you greetings from Her Majesty the Queen of Papua New Guinea and from all my family members during this celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen. Was my Pidgin correct?"
"This is a great day and a magnificent spectacle. We are gathered here to celebrate the Queen's 60 years of service to others.
"I know how honoured Her Majesty is to be your Queen, a title borne by her with immense pride and renewed by the people of this great country upon independence in 1975."
Thousands of school children paraded into the stadium for the royals.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to experience Papua New Guinea village life as part of their tour to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.
Charles and Camilla will travel to the coastal settlement of Boera to see how people live and keep their traditions alive.
They will tour craft stalls and watch a war dance before the Prince and Duchess will learn about conservation work to preserve coastal mangrove forests and plant saplings to highlight the project.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were draped with garlands of flowers as they arrived in Papua New Guinea.
The welcome for the royals was one of contrasts with Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and his wife waiting at one end of a long red carpet, while at the other were local schoolchildren in tribal dress performing a hiri dance - used to welcome traders to a village.
Jessie David, a bare-breasted 15-year-old wearing a pandanas leaf skirt, body paint and a headdress made of bird of paradise feathers, was given the honour of placing the orchid flowers on the shoulders of the royals.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall began their Diamond Jubilee tour in Papua New Guinea.
Charles and Camilla - who were draped with garlands of flowers - were cheered by crowds when they stepped off their plane in the capital Port Moresby.
The royal couple are touring Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand over the next two weeks in celebration of the Queen's historic milestone.
Camilla will be making her first trip to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand, in a private or public capacity, when the royal couple's Jubilee tour begins on Saturday.
Charles, a seasoned traveller, has visited the southern hemisphere nations many times.
He represented the Queen at Papua New Guinea's independence ceremony on September 16, 1975.
In a message to the country's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and the Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, sent last month, he said:
"We are both greatly looking forward to experiencing the wonderful, culture and hospitality of Papua New Guinea, which I remember so well from my previous visits all those years ago."
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be afforded a special welcome when they begin a tour of Papua New Guinea on Saturday.
The royal couple will arrive in the capital Port Moresby and be greeted by the Prime Minister, a 21-gun salute fired by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, and a guard of honour.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to begin a Diamond Jubilee tour in honour of the Queen in Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand in a two-week trip.
Charles and Camilla's celebration of her 60-year reign will include a traditional Aussie barbecue with outback sheep farmers and time with race goers at the Melbourne Cup.
They will also be given a sneak preview of the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by director Peter Jackson.