Day 12: Feilding and Palmerston North
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit New Zealand as part of a wider Diamond Jubilee tour that has also taken in Papua New Guinea and Australia.
- Today The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall received a rapturous welcome in the town of Feilding in Manawatu. The town had been preparing for weeks for the Royal Visit and excitement was high. As soon as Their Royal Highnesses left their car, an impromptu haka broke out in the crowd. The incredible work put into the preparations showed on the day and the genuine response from the community was clear to see.
- The crowds were fantastic and there was a lot of excitement and some great photos on Twitter...
- On the approach to the town by plane, some children from the local rural schools had gathered in the Sanson Domain to form the Maori greeting Kia Ora. They arrived at the local RAF base Ohakea and arrived in Feilding, where they were greeted by Mayor of Manawatu Margaret Kouvelis and thousands of people from the town lined the streets. The Prince and The Duchess were treated to a dance performance called 'Jump Jam' and then saw mini cattle before visiting the Feilding Farmers Market which is well-known for its quality of produce. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall tried a number of foods and experienced the intriguing Tater Curly which is a potato, sliced by a power drill, then deep fried.
- After the visit to the town, The Duchess visited the veterinary science department of Massey University. Her Royal Highness is a real animal lover, particularly horses and dogs, and is patron of a number of animal charities such as the Brooke.
- Her Royal Highness was privileged to be able to observe a kiwi, New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, which had injured its leg. The animal, a female, received antibiotics by mouth, during The Duchess's visit to the Wildbase centre which treats injured wild animals.
- The animal theme continued when the announcement was made by WWF New Zealand, that His Royal Highness was to become Patron of the Southern Seabird Solutions Trust, which is a collaboration by New Zealand organisations set up to protect seabirds in the Southern Hemisphere. The Prince of Wales has long been concerned by the plight of the albatross and visited the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula when he last visited New Zealand in 2005. He has also spearheaded the Save the Albatross campaign over the years which aims to stop the unnecessary deaths of these magnificent birds through certain fishing methods.
- Meanwhile back at the ranch in London, the facade of Clarence House was turned blue to highlight World Diabetes Day. The Duchess of Cornwall is President of JDRF, the type 1 Diabetes charity.
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