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Prince Charles and Camilla begin Jubilee overseas tour

A drummer performs for Prince Charles and Camilla in London before the trip. Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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Camilla would like to 'borrow' 17th century ship

Camilla looking at the Vasta warrior ship. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cornwall visited the world's only surviving 17th century ship with the Prince of Wales - and joked that she would like to borrow it for the Queen's pageant.

Admiring the Vasa warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1628, Camilla told King Carl XVI Gustaf: "It is very nice. Perhaps we could borrow it for the jubilee pageant."

She added: "It would be very nice going down the Thames."

The royal party was given permission to take a closer look and took a keen interest as museum staff gave them a guided tour.