The Prince of Wales has visited Australia on many occasions and has spoken of his “huge affection” for both the land and the Australian people. In November 2012, the year of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Prince and The Duchess undertook engagements on behalf of Her Majesty in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.View Album (10 images)
The Prince of Wales meets people from a large crowd gathered in Martin Place in Sydney, 2015
TRH after the Remembrance Day service at the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra, 2015
The Prince and The Duchess cuddle Koalas in Adelaide, 2012
The Duchess of Cornwall in Tasmania, 2012
The Prince of Wales tours with The Queen and his sister Princess Anne at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney, 1970
In November 2015, The Prince of Wales undertook his 15th official visit and his second accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall. Their Royal Highnesses visited Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Albany and Perth.
At the age of 17, The Prince attended Timbertop, an outback annex of Geelong Grammar School in the mountains more than 100 miles North-East of Melbourne. When he returned to help the school celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2005, The Prince spoke of his grueling experiences taking on outdoor activities in the Australian Bush, but said that he “loved it”.
Every weekend, the pupils went on camping expeditions and once walked 70 miles through the hills in three days, labouring under the punishing sun by day and shivering in a sleeping bag at night.
During the six months The Prince spent studying in Australia he was able to explore the country privately. During this time The Prince developed a keen affection for the distinctly Australian spirit and sense of humour.
In a speech on Australia Day 2011 at Australia House in London, he said: "I was able to go around relatively privately and find out an awful lot about that part of the world... I will always have an enormous affection for this country." Read The Prince of Wales's speech in full here.
The links between the Royal Family and Australia are deep and enduring. In times of tragedy, The Prince and The Duchess find it particularly important for Australians to know that they have their support.
Following the devastating Queensland floods in December 2010 and January 2011, His Royal Highness sent a personal message to the people of Australia expressing his horror at the vast natural disaster, his solidarity for those affected and his admiration for those who were taking risks to save others. During an interview with Australian television at his London home, Clarence House, The Prince also spoke of the extraordinary endurance of the Australian people under such duress.
The Prince and The Duchess joined the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at a 2009 service held at Westminster Abbey to commemorate those who died in the Victorian bushfires. The Prince and The Duchess joined Mr Rudd and his wife, Ms. Thérèse Rein, in laying flowers at the Innocent Victims' Memorial. At the time, of the fires The Prince wrote to Prime Minister Rudd to express his “horror and anguish" at the devastation. He wrote:
"My wife and I have been watching with mounting horror and anguish the devastation caused by the terrible bush fires which have been raging in Australia.
"Although such sentiments are, I realize, hopelessly inadequate in the circumstances, I just wanted you to know that our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones, homes, livelihoods and treasured personal possessions as a result of such an unmitigated tragedy.
"We can scarcely imagine their suffering and we would be most grateful if there was some way in which they could be made aware of how much they are in our thoughts and prayers at such a time of unbearable anguish."
Royal Tour Australia: Day Seven
The Duchess of Cornwall hosts a reception for supporters of Osteoporosis Australia.
Australia: Meeting rescued Koalas
In 2015 The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Prince Harry, attended ANZAC Commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula including the Dawn Service and the Australian Service at Lone Pine. In addition, The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry visited The Nek, where the brave charge of the Australian 3rd Light Horse Brigade resulted in such tragic casualties. His Royal Highness praised the heroism and remembered the sacrifice of those who "served and suffered… on the other side of the world to the Antipodes."
In the UK, His Royal Highness enjoys the opportunity to celebrate his links with Australia. In January 2015 he hosted a performance by Opera Australia at Buckingham Palace for the third time. Whenever possible, The Prince of Wales has seized the opportunity to experience Australian cultural life whilst in the UK and was privileged to hear the Australian Chamber Orchestra play at St. James's Palace in November 2011.
In February 2013 The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall met finalists and past winners of the ‘Australian of the Year in the UK’ awards at Clarence House, London
Campaign for Wool
The Prince of Wales began the Campaign for Wool to help popularise the natural fibre and thus create a more favourable economic return for beleaguered sheep farmers.
Proving a success in the UK, the campaign has resonated in Australia with major industry representatives supporting the campaign. The Campaign is multi-national, multi-sector and embraces all sections of wool users from the very largest companies to specialist artisans. In 2011 the Campaign for Wool was launched in Australia with a high profile fashion event hosted by then Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC at Admiralty House, Sydney. 2012 saw the Campaign for Wool grow even further with the Wool Modern exhibition coming to Sydney from April through May. During his visit to Australia in November 2012 The Prince of Wales visited the Leenavale Sheep Stud in Sorell, Tasmania where met farmers who have benefitted from The Campaign for Wool and attended a reception organised by the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) group, in conjunction with the Campaign for Wool.
Prince's Charities Australia
Through The Prince’s Charities Australia, The Prince's charitable endeavours extend to Australians from all walks of life. Aligning with The Prince's charitable interests, initiatives supported by Prince's Charities Australia nurture corporate social responsibility and business innovation, address youth disadvantage, promote the preservation and transmission of traditional skills, and encourage multicultural harmony and understanding. These efforts extend to supporting Defence personnel and their families as well as the protection, enhancement and sustainability of the natural and built environment.
Leading the charitable activities of The Prince’s Charities Australia is a programme which is assisting Defence personnel in transition to start their own business. The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business is a 12-month program which includes a week-long residential component that was recently held in Melbourne. His Royal Highness provided a video welcome message to participants as they started their entrepreneurial journey. This video has been made available for viewing via The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business web page.
• The Prince of Wales has visited Australia on 14 previous occasions. His Royal Highness first visited in 1966 and recently visited Australia in 2012 with The Duchess of Cornwall.
• The Prince of Wales is Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Australian Armoured Corps and The Royal Pacific Islands Regiment.
• The Duchess of Cornwall is Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Australian Corps of Military Police.
• The Prince of Wales is President of the Prince's Charities Australia and patron of twelve other Australian charities.
• The Prince of Wales was interviewed by Molly Meldrum on Countdown in 1977, and recorded a humorous message in May 2014 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the programme.