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Details of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall's visit to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand confirmed

Published on 22nd October 2012

Service to the community is a key theme for a visit which is part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Service to the community – the central theme of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – will be highlighted by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as they visit Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand next month.

During a two week visit to the three countries, to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Prince and The Duchess will meet a wide cross section of people who contribute to their community, including villagers restoring coastal mangroves in Boera Village, Papua New Guinea, National Rugby League stars who help mentor and inspire indigenous children in Australia and veterans and currently serving military personnel on Armistice Day in Auckland, New Zealand.

In addition to service to the community, other key themes of the visit are encouragement of economic growth and innovation, promotion of youth enterprise, celebration of sport in the community and on-going support for the Armed Forces. In addition, a number of events reflect Her Royal Highness’s particular interests in literacy, osteoporosis and animal welfare.

Their Royal Highnesses’ programme, which has been drawn up by Government representatives from each of the three countries to be visited, aims to reach out to as wide a cross section of people as possible.

The itinerary in each country includes engagements in rural locations – Boera Village (Papua New Guinea), Longreach and Richmond (Australia) and Feilding (New Zealand) - as well as major cities such as Port Moresby, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney, Canberra, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The programme includes extensive opportunities for public participation. In addition to celebratory Jubilee receptions and site-specific visits, such as to schools, youth and sports centres and military bases, Their Royal Highnesses will be taking part in an ecumenical Service of Worship and cultural welcome at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby, joining hundreds of local families at a community BBQ in Longreach, Queensland, watching with thousands of others the world-famous Melbourne Cup, attending a special birthday party in Wellington and attending the 150th anniversary Agricultural & Pastoral Show in Canterbury.

In support of the Armed Forces, across all three countries Their Royal Highnesses will lay wreaths during Remembrance ceremonies, inspect Guards of Honour and meet military personnel and their families. In addition, His Royal Highness will present Colours to the Pacific Islands Regiment in Papua New Guinea and Her Royal Highness will inspect the parade and be appointed as the Colonel-In-Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police, be afforded a Royal Salute and inspect the Royal Guard and Band at Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

The key elements of the tour are below:

In Papua New Guinea

  • Twenty one gun salute, traditional welcome ceremony and Guard of Honour for Their Royal Highnesses’ arrival; 
  • an ecumenical Service of Worship, a community welcome and the presentation of Colours to the Pacific Islands Regiment at the Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby; 
  • traditional dancing, singing, weaving, pottery, fishing and mangrove restoration during a visit to Boera Village; 
  • a Jubilee Reception and State Dinner;
  • meeting young students working in cooking and hospitality, sewing, mechanics and carpentry during a visit to Hohola Youth Development Centre, Port Moresby; 
  • meeting mentors and supported women and children during a visit to Haus Ruth’s Womens Refuge, Port Moresby; 
  • official meetings with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition; 
  • wreath-laying at the Remembrance Park Memorial, Ela Beach, Port Moresby; and 
  • Twenty one gun salute and Guard of Honour for Their Royal Highnesses’ departure.

In Australia

  • A Welcome to Country by Indigenous custodians;
  • The Prince of Wales, as Patron, officially naming a new aircraft for the Royal Flying Doctor Service at the QANTAS Museum, Longreach; • visiting the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame;
  • joining hundreds of families at the Diamond Jubilee Community BBQ in Longreach; 
  • The Prince of Wales meeting tapestry makers demonstrating traditional weaving skills during a visit to the Australian Tapestry Workshop; 
  • The Prince of Wales viewing cricket skills clinics and meeting young participants in Cricket Victoria’s ‘Harmony’ programme for migrant and Indigenous communities at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), including players from men's and women's representative teams; 
  • attending the Melbourne Cup; 
  • The Prince of Wales attending the Housing Melbourne Symposium on sustainable urbanism at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; 
  • The Duchess of Cornwall attending a reception for Osteoporosis Australia at Government House, Melbourne;
  • attending a youth performing arts showcase; 
  • gardening and cooking with the children of the Kilkenny Primary School, Adelaide, together with chef Stephanie Alexander; 
  • participating in a showcase of South Australia’s Food and Wine Industry at Penfolds Vineyard, Adelaide; 
  • The Prince of Wales attending an event to promote South Australia’s economic innovation at the Adelaide Convention Centre; 
  • meeting a wide range of people attending Diamond Jubilee functions in Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Canberra; 
  • meeting local residents, shopkeepers, volunteers and heritage workers during a walk through Richmond, Tasmania; 
  • The Duchess of Cornwall attending a reception with Tasmanian Rural Women in Richmond, Tasmania; 
  • The Prince of Wales seeing sheep shearing and wool classing during a visit to a sheep stud in Sorrell, Tasmania; 
  • The Prince of Wales seeing demonstrations and displays from a range of Antarctic and Marine Research programmes, Hobart;
  • meeting members of the Australian Defence Force recently returned from active service, and their families, at Garden Island, Sydney, including a Royal Salute and inspection of Royal Guard and Band; 
  • promoting the Australian Wool industry at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney; 
  • The Prince of Wales highlighting the work of the New South Wales’ lifesavers and other emergency workers and volunteers at a reception at Icebergs Club, Bondi Beach; 
  • The Prince of Wales joining NRL football stars for a discussion with high school students participating in the National Rugby League’s “Dream Believe Achieve” programme for Indigenous young people at the Bondi Surf Bathers' Lifesaving Club; 
  • The Duchess of Cornwall accepting Colonel in Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police, Victoria Barracks Sydney, including Royal Salute and inspection of Royal and Band; 
  • The Duchess of Cornwall attending a reception for leading women in the community at Government House; 
  • Their Royal Highnesses officially naming Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Canberra; 
  • official meetings with the Governor-General, Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition; 
  • wreath-laying at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra on the eve of Remembrance Day, at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

In New Zealand 

  • Traditional Māori welcomes in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch; 
  • attending an Armistice Day Commemoration at Auckland War Memorial Museum and meeting veterans; 
  • meeting New Zealand Olympic athletes at AUT Millennium;
  • attending a performance of Hairy Maclary with hundreds of schoolchildren from Auckland; 
  • The Prince of Wales crossing Auckland Harbour on a Sealegs amphibious vehicle used by New Zealand Coastguard;
  • a visit to Britomart in central Auckland; 
  • The Prince of Wales attending economic promotion events for the New Zealand wool industry and for innovative technologies; 
  • The Duchess of Cornwall meeting students and teachers during a visit to East Tamaki Primary School in Auckland; 
  • a Diamond Jubilee Trust dinner at the SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland; 
  • the official opening of the Diamond Jubilee Visitor Centre at Government House, Wellington; 
  • meeting members of the waka crew who participated in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, during a walk along the Wellington waterfront; 
  • viewing designs, prosthetics, make-up and costumes related to the forthcoming Peter Jackson film The Hobbit at Weta Workshop in Wellington; 
  • Official meetings with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition; 
  • The Duchess of Cornwall attending a reception at Government House, Wellington to celebrate women in the community; 
  • On The Prince of Wales’s birthday, attending a birthday celebration at Government House, Wellington with New Zealanders also celebrating their birthdays on 14th November; 
  • joining a community celebration event in Feilding, including attending the Farmers’ Market, meeting volunteers, schoolchildren’s performances and Diamond Jubilee Post Boxes specially designed by local children; 
  • The Prince of Wales visiting a local farm in the Manawatu;
  • The Duchess of Cornwall meeting students and tutors during a visit to the Equine Research and Wildlife Centres at Massey University in Palmerston North; 
  • at Ohakea Air Base meeting personnel and their families from the RNZAF, of which The Prince of Wales is Air Commodore-in-Chief; 
  • His Royal Highness attending a Reception at Government House Wellington, for New Zealand’s science and conservation community; 
  • meeting local residents, shopkeepers, student volunteers, buskers, market stallholders and local dance groups during a visit to Christchurch; and 
  • attending the 150th Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show.