Royal tour heads our way

Last updated 11:47 21/09/2012
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ROYAL CALL: Prince Charles and wife Camilla will be in New Zealand from November 10 for six days. The prince is pictured shaking hands at Wellington’s Civic Centre during his last visit in 2005.

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A royal whirlwind tour is coming to New Zealand.

Prince Charles and wife Camilla are here from November 10 to 16, capping off a visit to Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The visits are part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tour.

"The Prince of Wales will be representing the Queen of New Zealand on the visit, which celebrates Her Majesty's remarkable 60 years of service," Prime Minister John Key says.

When in New Zealand, Prince Charles will also be celebrating his 64th birthday on November 14.

The programme lined up for Prince Charles and Camilla includes a focus on New Zealand's excellence and innovation in sports, agriculture, and business.

It will be Camilla's first trip to Aotearoa, and the couple will also take some private time to see the sights during their busy itinerary

Both Prince Charles and Camilla will attend a farmers market in Fielding - recently voted the best in the country - before heading to the Ohakea Air Force base to celebrate the Royal New Zealand Air Force's 75th anniversary.

They will also attend a sports event, a public walk, an event highlighting New Zealand's wool industry, and will open the new visitor centre at Government House which is a Diamond Jubilee gift to Queen Elizabeth.

In Christchurch the focus will be on the recovery process and they will also attend the 150th Agricultural and Pastoral Show.

"This tour will be a great benefit to New Zealand," Monarchy New Zealand chairman Dr Sean Palmer says.

"As with all royal tours, the world's media will be watching. This is a great opportunity to raise New Zealand's profile on the world stage and boost our national industries, particularly the tourism industry."

Prince Charles' southern leg of his New Zealand tour is very much anticipated by Monarchy New Zealand Christchurch co-ordinator Alex Summerlee.

"Following Prince William's morale-boosting tour last year, it's great to see that Prince Charles will be coming to Christchurch," Mr Summerlee says.

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