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Cheers greet Charles and Camilla on royal tour

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.

Charles and Camilla arrive in Papua New Guinea

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a two week tour. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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.

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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.

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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