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The Prince and Duchess arrive in Papua New Guinea

3rd November 2012

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Papua New Guinea

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea welcomed The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall today as the royal couple began their Diamond Jubilee tour in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign.

Their Royal Highnesses were draped with garlands of flowers and cheered by waiting crowds when they stepped from their plane after landing in the capital Port Moresby.

Known as The Queen's "pikinini" in the Pidgin English spoken in the Pacific nation, The Prince looked relax after his long flight from the UK via Singapore with his wife.

The royal couple are touring Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand over the next two weeks in celebration of The Queen's historic milestone.

The welcome for the royals was one of contrasts with the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, his wife Lynda Babao and other senior dignitaries waiting at one end of a long red carpet.

While at the other were local schoolchildren in tribal dress performing a hiri dance - used to welcome traders to a village.

Fifteen-year-old Jessie David was given the honour of placing the orchid flowers on the shoulders of the royals.