Royal couple to go Down Under

Royal couple to go Down Under

The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall are to visit Australia & New Zealand in November – their second joint tour of the region.

Prince Charles & Camilla last visited the Pacific countries in November 2012 on a two-week trip to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Highlights of that tour included a sneak preview of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in New Zealand, a taste of traditional village life in Papa New Guinea & a hands-on experience of sheep shearing in Tasmania.

The next visit will be Charles's 13th to Australia, & eighth to New Zealand.

The royal tour is intended to further strengthen relations between Britain & Commonwealth countries.

The planned tour may moreover coincide with Charles's birthday, which he celebrates on November 14.

The announcement from Clarence House comes after Prince Harry returned from four weeks' training with Australia's armed forces in April, followed by a week-long tour to New Zealand in May.

The Prince received a kiss & a marriage proposal outside the Sydney Opera House & was greeted with a traditional Maori welcome upon landing in New Zealand.

Charles & Camilla frequently conduct official visits in the Autumn. The couple visited Colombia at the end of October last year, & in 2013 they spent a week in India.

Source: “Press Association”