Your excellency, prime minister, ladies and gentlemen,
I must say I'm enormously grateful to the Governor-General for her wonderfully kind words and I'll ensure that when we finally get back after a very very long journey, if I'm still reasonably compus mentis by then and haven't completely lost my marbles to jet-lag, I will report back to her majesty your wonderfully kind thoughts and expressions after our visit here to commemorate what has been a very special Diamond Jubilee Celebration.
As you can imagine both my wife and I have been so pleased and proud to be able to join you here to represent The Queen in this very special occasion and to have been to travel round quite a large part of Australia.
Sadly not as much as we would have liked to have done but it has enabled us to see a lot people to talk to a lot of people and to witness so many of the changes that have happened here in the interval, certainly since I was here last.
And to witness, as the Governor General has mentioned, the extraordinary vibrancy of the multicultural society, which australia is, and which of course has stood Australia in such remarkable stead in terms of the richness and the diversity, which you can see only too well. For instance when we visited Penfolds winery in Adelaide, I was absolutely fascinated by the extraordinary quality and diversity of all the different foods on offer, the remarkable quality of the wine, the olive oil, the meat, the fruit, the fish, everything.
To see the way this is celebrated and has benefitted from so many people coming from all around the world to live here, in this remarkable country, has been something we shall remember enormously.
We also hugely appreciate, and this of course is really the object of our visit, the fact that so many people in Australia play their part enthusiastically and with such devotion within their own communities. I saw it yesterday at Bondi meeting all the emergency services and the police and others many of whom I had a ghastly feeling were going to be dragged away at once as an enormous storm approached in order to pump out people's houses. But just to discover how many we're volunteers and volunteer all around Australia in so many different ways, these are the people of course who provide the glue to such a, I think, diverse and energetic and determined society.
From that point of view it has been a real joy for my wife and I to help celebrate that wonderful aspect of society in Australia, to pay a tribute for what it's worth, to all these marvellous people and to just thank them for all they do to make Australia such a very special place. So thank you ladies and gentlemen, we shall leave here with great sadness that we can't spend longer as we move to New Zealand but taking with us such happy, special and amusing memories of all the wonderful people here.