Australia: Day Two
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand for two weeks in November as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
- The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall touched down in the outback town of Longreach in Queensland today and enjoyed a range of iconic Australian moments on their first stop of their Diamond Jubilee visit including kangaroos, Qantas, Royal Flying Doctors and Akubra hats.
- After a fantastic couple of days in Papua New Guinea, Their Royal Highnesses arrived at Longreach in Australia this evening before heading to Melbourne.
- The town had been preparing for weeks and there was a real buzz in the air. Hundreds of townspeople turned out to greet Their Royal Highnesses. Apparently the local bakery was even making Prince of Wales pies! If you have any pictures of the pies we would love to see them - tweet us at @ClarenceHouse with your snaps, apparently they sold out quickly!
- There was plenty of excitement online too with a lot of people using our hashtag #AUSRoyalVisit.
- The local media stations were particularly busy and one radio station asked Their Royal Highnesses to nominate a song which they would play on their station in honour of the visit. A spokesperson for Clarence House suggested that they might play Locomotion by Kylie Minogue, as the singer had performed an acoustic version at the pre-tour reception hosted by Their Royal Highnesses just a few weeks ago.
- When The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Longreach, they visited the hangar where Qantas airlines was formed and met representatives of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The Prince of Wales is Patron of the UK Friends of the RFDS.
- Warmly welcomed by the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce, Their Royal Highnesses listened to people who had been helped by the RFDS and to those who support the organisation.
- The Prince and The Duchess also inaugurated a plane named after the UK Friends of the RFDS, which has raised 4 million Australian dollars since 2003 to support its work.
- This was the sight that greeted The Prince and The Duchess at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, a museum which celebrated rural skills and horsemanship. They were presented with two whips and were treated to an ear-busting whip-cracking demonstration.
- At the Stockmans Hall of Fame, of which The Prince is Patron, The Duchess met a young family with a joey, a baby kangaroo, which they keep as a pet. A keen animal lover, The Duchess seized the chance to give the animal, named Ruby Bloo, a cuddle.
- After donning an iconic Australian Akubra 'Banjo Patterson' hat, The Prince of Wales chatted to as many people as he could of the hundreds of Longreach residents that had gathered around the Cattlemen's Bar and Grill.
- The Prince and The Duchess then joined members of the Longreach community at a barbeque to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The Prince gave a speech and said how much he was looking forward to introducing his wife to Australia on their all too short visit. Here's The Prince's speech on YouTube:
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