The Prince of Wales visits Lady Eliot Island

Their Royal Highnesses have spent a third day in Australia, visiting communities, charities and businesses in Brisbane and Bundaberg.

The Prince of Wales began the day meeting residents in Bundaberg and visiting the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. His Royal Highness toured the renovated Bundaberg Rum Museum and attended a community festival where he met with people working for organisations heavily involved in disaster recovery in the aftermath of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in January 2013.

The Prince also learned more about the work being done by his charity, Prince's Trust Australia, to support the endangered Loggerhead turtle population in the Bundaberg region. His Royal Highness was introduced to representatives from the Mon Repos Conservation Park and the Prince’s Trust Australia Low Glow campaign.

In Bundaberg, The Prince was welcomed by four sisters who had spent time with His Royal Highness when he was at school at Timbertop, Victoria, aged 17.

Jane Tozer, Amanda Boxshall, Penny Jenner and Lisa Tozer presented The Prince with a photo of the group, taken on the day they were last together.

The Prince of Wales then unveiled plaques for The Queen’s Canopy Bulburin National Park in Queensland and the Forests of K’Gari, which have been dedicated in Her Majesty’s name. The Queen’s Canopy is a project to preserve forestry projects around the Commonwealth.

The Prince then travelled to Lady Elliot Island to join roundtable discussions with some of Australia’s corporate leaders on the challenges facing the world’s reefs.

Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, the wife and children of the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin, also attended the discussion.

Terri Irwin said: “The Prince has shown great leadership in the conservation of nature and he has made a difference by bringing people together like this to try to get things done."

His Royal Highness saw the wildlife and fauna of the area for himself during a boat ride in the highly protected Marine National Park Green Zone on the Great Barrier Reef.

Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cornwall visited King George Square in Brisbane to meet with Orange Sky Laundry, OzHarvest and Micha Projects - mobile services delivering assistance to homeless people in Brisbane.

OzHarvest is a food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1,000 charities supporting people in need across Australia.

Her Royal Highness has been Patron of UKHarvest since February 2017 and in March of last year attended the charity's UK CEO CookOff event with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

The Duchess also saw the One Million Stars To End Violence public artwork project. Inspired by artist Maryann Talia Pau, thousands of people from across the world have woven the one million stars featured in the project.

Maryann created the first ‘stars’ following a tragedy in her local community, determined to counter violence with peace.

In the evening, The Prince attended a reception hosted by the Queensland Governor. Attendees at the reception included guests who, like His Royal Highness, are turning 70 in 2018.