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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Royals enjoy day at the races in Melbourne

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall continued their tour of Australia with a visit to watch the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most prestigious horse race:

The Duchess met jockeys, including British rider Ryan Moore, pre-race Credit: Reuters
The royal couple watched Irish horse Green Moon win the coveted Melbourne Cup
Camilla presented the Cup to Nick Williams, the son of the winning horse's owner


Baby kangaroo steals Camilla's heart

Camilla meets Carley Walker who holds a baby kangaroo In the outback Queensland town of Longreach. Credit: Reuters

The Duchess of Cornwall lost her heart to an orphaned kangaroo joey as Prince Charles and his wife arrived in the Australian Outback.

Camilla stroked the 12-month-old Rooby Blue during a visit to the remote rural settlement of Longreach.

She said: "Oh hello," then "Very friendly. Doesn't it look pretty?

"There's a first time for everything."

The Duchess scratched the Rooby Blue under and then held the animal.

Charles also took an interest and gave the joey a pat on the head as Camilla added: "That's so sweet."

The Prince of Wales also became a bushwhacker for a day, wearing the akubra hat usually worn by rural workers.

And the royal couple visited the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, a heritage centre remembering cattle pioneers who developed the Outback.

Charles and Camilla arrive in Australia

Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Australia on the latest leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour.

The royal couple will travel to five states and one territory during their six-day visit.

Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Queensland Credit: APTN
Prince Charles is greeted by Australian Governor General Quentin Bryce Credit: APTN

They were greeted by Australian Governor General Quentin Bryce who said:

"Your Royal Highnesses, we are thrilled that you decided to begin this significant visit here in Longreach.

As an Ilfracombe girl, I can assure you with complete confidence that there is no hospitality more genuine than that of Western Queensland."

The Duchess of Cornwall met a kangaroo at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame on Longreach, Queensland. Credit: APTN
Prince Charles gives a speech Credit: APTN

Charles and Camilla welcomed to Papua New Guinea

The Duchess of Cornwall won the hearts of a group of Second World War veterans today as her Diamond Jubilee tour of Papua New Guinea with the Prince of Wales drew to a close.

Charles and Camilla watch traditional dances. Credit: Reuters

Camilla, whose father fought in North Africa, met the old soldiers on a trip to remember one of the pivotal battles of the global conflict.

The Royal couple were sheltered from the sun. Credit: Reuters

The elderly men were survivors of the fighting on the Kokoda Trail, where Australian and Papua New Guinea forces held off Japanese troops in 1942 as they tried to push through to the nation's capital Port Moresby, which would have been an ideal launch point for an invasion of Australia.

Prince Charles was presented with a portrait. Credit: Reuters

The Prince of Wales and his wife have been visiting Papua New Guinea since Saturday and later today will leave for Australia.

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