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Australia: Day Six - Sydney

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.

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  1. Today The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed a fantastic day in Sydney.  With a heavy storm in the afternoon, the water resistant properties of The Prince of Wales's new Tasmanian merino wool suit were put to the test.  Despite the weather, many hundreds of people gathered everywhere Their Royal Highnesses went with the hope of meeting them and The Prince and The Duchess met as many as they could.
  2. Their Royal Highnesses travelled across Sydney Harbour by boat and landed at Garden Island, where they met military families and members of the Australian Defence Force before attending a reception at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre.
  3. Afterwards, The Prince, who was wearing his second new Australian merino wool suit of the Royal Visit, attended a reception at the Museum of Contemporary Arts for supporters of the Campaign for Wool.  Called Farm to Fashion, the exhibits showed how the natural material is transformed into the latest designer fabrics and clothing.
  4. Meanwhile The Duchess of Cornwall, who has become Royal Colonel of the Royal Australian Corps of the Military Police, was able to visit for the first time at Victoria Barracks in Sydney and gave a speech in which she spoke of her pride at her appointment.
  5. There was great excitement on social media and many people tweeted at us to let us know that they were coming out to meet The Prince and The Duchess.
  6. The water resistant properties of the Tasmanian merino wool made to create The Prince's suit was put to the test when The Prince visited Bondi Beach in the afternoon.  After attending a barbie with representatives of New South Wales's first response community, the heavens opened as a storm hit the coast.  The Prince went off to meet young people and volunteers at the Bondi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
  7. The Duchess also attended a reception for Women of the World where she met inspiring women from all walks of life.
  8. Tomorrow we are on to Canberra, and then a sad farewell to Australia but a happy hello to New Zealand!

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