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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Charles and Camilla cradle koalas on Adelaide trip

The Duchess of Cornwall cuddled a koala today while on a trip to Government House in Adelaide, Australia, with the Prince of Wales.

Camilla cradled Matilda, a nine-month-old orphan, and said she wanted to take her home.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall hold koalas at Government House in Adelaide Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

While the Duchess seemed smitten, Prince Charles joked about the koalas' reputation for having weak bladders when he was handed four-year-old Kao, saying, "Something ominous will run down."

Prince Charles joked about the koalas' reputation for having weak bladders Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

Koala rescue volunteers Warren and Rae Campbell brought the animals for the royal couple to meet.

The couple offered them to the Prince and Duchess, with Camilla saying to Charles as she gestured to Kao, "You take the big one, darling".

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with koala rescue volunteers Warren and Rae Campbell Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

The animals were wrapped in cloth pouches and as Camilla held Matilda she joked, "They've got their nappies on".

The Prince said of his koala, "I can't see this one at all, he's looking down all the time".

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