The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall mark the centenary of Australia House

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall tonight attended a reception at Australia House to celebrate the building’s centenary.

Officially opened by The Prince of Wales's Great-Grandfather, King George V, in August 1918, Australia House is the country’s oldest diplomatic post and the longest continually-occupied diplomatic building in London.

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Arriving at Australia House, The Prince of Wales unveiled a new stone engraving on the exterior of the building to mirror the foundation stone laid by King George V in 1913. It was not until 1918 that the building officially opened. 

The Prince and The Duchess signed the same visitors' book that bears George V’s signature before moving into the Exhibition Hall to meet assembled guests.

His Royal Highness was also presented with a new portrait, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in honour of his 70th birthday and the centenary celebration.

A new 10-minute musical work celebrating the centenary called ‘This House’, written by Australian composer and pianist Joe Chindamo, was played to guests alongside a small chamber ensemble.