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Camilla makes maiden antipodean voyage

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."

Royal couple set to arrive in Papua New Guinea

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.

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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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