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."

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Royals tour Papua New Guinea

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall began a Diamond Jubilee tour in honour of the Queen in Papua New Guinea. They will also tour Australia and New Zealand.