Prince celebrates 64th birthday

Prince Charles has celebrated his 64th birthday at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand with 64 others who were also born on this day. He is in New Zealand as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

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Protester planned to throw manure at Charles and Camilla

An anti-monarchist who planned to throw horse manure at Prince Charles and Camilla has been ordered to stay away from the royal couple by a New Zealand court.

Sam Bracanov, 76, was arrested in Auckland - where the royal couple are currently visiting - and pleaded not guilty to preparing to commit a crime.

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The Prince of Wales uses a 'tufting gun' to work on a wool carpet featuring the royal crest in Auckland. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Bracanov was ordered to stay 500 metres away from the Prince of Wales and his wife as part of his bail conditions and will re-appear in court later this month.

Outside the court, he told reporters he would have thrown manure at Charles and Camilla had he not been arrested, saying: "I make it liquid like porridge. I would have done it."

The anti-monarchist has protested against the royal family in the past. In 1994, he was convicted and fined for spraying air fresheners at Prince Charles to "remove the stink of royalty".

Harry has called home three times says Charles

Prince Harry has phoned home from the front line in Afghanistan three times, the Prince of Wales revealed during a reception in Sydney for Australian servicemen and women.

The Prince chatted to Major Karl Reynolds, from 19th Chief Engineer Works, and a group of his military colleagues at Garden Island, home to the Royal Australian Navy's largest Pacific Ocean base.

Prince Harry examining the cockpit of an Apache helicopter with a member of his squadron at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. Credit: PA Wire

Maj Reynolds, 33, who returned home to Kincumber near Sydney in July after a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, said: "He was talking about the Apache and what a lethal bit of kit they are - once the Taliban see it they disappear.

"And he was also saying he had received calls from his son, he said he had phoned three times.

"It's good Harry is phoning home, it's so easy to do now with the internet, a letter is always good but you can't beat a call home."

Prince of Wales helps with sheep shearing in Tasmania

The Prince of Wales helps with sheep shearing during a visit to the Leenavale Sheep Stud in Sorell, Tasmania
The Prince of Wales helps with sheep shearing during a visit to the Leenavale Sheep Stud in Sorell, Tasmania Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales helps with sheep shearing during a visit to the Leenavale Sheep Stud in Sorell, Tasmania
The Prince of Wales helps with sheep shearing during a visit to the Leenavale Sheep Stud in Sorell, Tasmania Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales watches as a sheep dog walk on the back of sheep during a visit to the Leenavale Sheep Stud in Sorell, Tasmania
The Prince of Wales watches as a sheep dog walk on the back of sheep during a visit to the Leenavale Sheep Stud in Sorell, Tasmania Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Camilla jokingly tells girl to 'trying kissing a frog'

The Duchess of Cornwall gave a little girl an unusual piece of advice today - try kissing a frog.

While visiting Kilkenny Primary School in Adelaide, Camilla joked about the tale of the Princess and the Frog when she met a group of children looking after tadpoles.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, speaks to children looking after tadpoles at an Adelaide school
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, speaks to children looking after tadpoles at an Adelaide school Credit: Reuters/Pool New

The pupils explained the frog's lifecycle to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess and how they planned to introduce some tadpoles into their school pond.

Camilla told seven-year-old Maisha, "There's a fairy story about a frog. You have to try kissing it very hard and see what happens".

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Camilla tells of family's bone disease anguish

The Duchess of Cornwall's mother lost about eight inches in height after developing osteoporosis, and became so bent over she was unable to digest her food properly before she died in 1994 aged 72.

Camilla told an audience at Government House in Melbourne:

I watched my mother and grandmother die of this disease and no one knew what this disease was.

But since then the research has gone from strength to strength and they've made huge strides in the UK as you are here [in Australia].

To unite with all of you today is so important, to get the message worldwide to people that it can be prevented.

Charles and Camilla cradle koalas on Adelaide trip

The Duchess of Cornwall cuddled a koala today while on a trip to Government House in Adelaide, Australia, with the Prince of Wales.

Camilla cradled Matilda, a nine-month-old orphan, and said she wanted to take her home.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall hold koalas at Government House in Adelaide
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall hold koalas at Government House in Adelaide Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

While the Duchess seemed smitten, Prince Charles joked about the koalas' reputation for having weak bladders when he was handed four-year-old Kao, saying, "Something ominous will run down."

Prince Charles joked about the koalas' reputation for having weak bladders
Prince Charles joked about the koalas' reputation for having weak bladders Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

Koala rescue volunteers Warren and Rae Campbell brought the animals for the royal couple to meet.

The couple offered them to the Prince and Duchess, with Camilla saying to Charles as she gestured to Kao, "You take the big one, darling".

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with Koala rescue volunteers Warren and Rae Campbell
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with koala rescue volunteers Warren and Rae Campbell Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

The animals were wrapped in cloth pouches and as Camilla held Matilda she joked, "They've got their nappies on".

The Prince said of his koala, "I can't see this one at all, he's looking down all the time".

Camilla reveals bone disease devastated her family

The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken about how osteoporosis devastated her family as she highlighted the fight against the debilitating condition in Australia.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with Osteoporosis Australia Chairman John Hewson
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with Osteoporosis Australia Chairman John Hewson Credit: Reuters/Pool New

Addressing a leading charity in Melbourne, the Duchess described how she watched both her mother and grandmother die from the crippling bone disease.

Camilla asked for a reception to be held with Osteoporosis Australia so should could get the message of prevention across to the public.

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