Prince Charles looking forward to Canterbury visit

16:00, Nov 15 2012
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles enjoys a moment with a Kiwi veteran from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles enjoys a moment with a Kiwi veteran from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
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Queen Elizabeth on a walkabout in Buckle Street, Wellington, during a visit in 1986.
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Queen Elizabeth chats with Royal visit director Genevive Jordan during her visit in 2002.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during the Special Session of the New Zealand Parliament during the 1953/54 Royal visit.
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Christchurch people gather outside the Clarendon hotel in the hope of seeing the Duke of Edinburgh, one of Queen Victoria's sons, in 1869.
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Queen Elizabeth at Fieldays Agricultural Show, Hamilton, during her visit in 1970.
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Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, the Duke of Edinburgh, visits New Zealand in 1869.
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The Queen at a children's rally at the Hutt Recreation Reserve, Lower Hutt, 1970.
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Country children give the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh an enthusiastic reception at the public welcome at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, in 1963.
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During their 1974 visit are, from left, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and her then-husband Captain Mark Phillips.
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The Queen shakes hands with Godfrey Bowen during a visit in 1970 to the West Coast Industries Fair in Greymouth, when she saw a preview of the "History of Wool" production which would be shown at Expo 70 in Japan.
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The Queen receives a bouquet from Juliet Hay, granddaughter of Sir James Hay (centre), chairman of the Christchurch Civic Music Council, during a visit in 1963.
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Queen Elizabeth walks across a muddy Domain, much to the amusement of the crowd during a visit in 1981.
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Queen Elizabeth and Sir Paul Reeves arrive on Waikawa Marae during a visit in 1990.
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Prince William at the 2011 Christchurch earthquake memorial in Hagley Park.
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Prince William greets the crowd in 2011.
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Prime Minister John Key with Prince William during a visit in 2010.
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles near Wainuiomata in 1983.
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Queen Elizabeth in Dunedin with mayor Sir James Barnes, 1977.

Christchurch is gearing up for its royal visit, with many people hoping to see Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, when they tour the city today.

The city is the final stop for the couple, who have been visiting New Zealand this week as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration. The couple will land at Christchurch Airport at 11.35am and be taken to the Christchurch City Council offices on Worcester Blvd, where they will be welcomed in a ceremony by Ngai Tahu at noon.

From about 12.40pm the couple will tour the CBD to see how the city is recovering after the earthquakes, before driving from Oxford Tce, where they will meet former residents, and continue to the Diamond Jubilee Clock on Victoria St about 1pm. About 1.30pm, they will arrive at the Colombo St entrance to City Mall and are expected to visit the Re:Start mall.

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ROYAL FANS: Christopher Cape and Diana Blake were out in Manchester Square early in anticipation of the Royals arrival.
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GETTING READY: Feilding, at 10.30am, beginning to fill with people ahead of the royal visit.
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READY FOR TEA: Gem Stephens, Honor Brown, Frances McColl and Jackie Rush took up their position in Manchester Square at 8:30 armed with flasks of tea.
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DOG'S DAY: Melanie Donne and her dog Rica have been waiting since 9am for a chance to meet Charles and Camilla.
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MEMORABILIA: Feilding's royal fans have brought their memorabilia to town. Ngaire Browning and Theresa Rositer show off a picture of a young Prince Charles.
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READY TO GO: A convoy of approximately 17 vehicles, including police and Crown limos, is waiting on the tarmac for the arrival of Prince Charles and Camilla.
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FLAGGED UP: Dina Blake and Chris Cape all dressed up waiting for the royals to arrive.
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TOUCH DOWN: Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at Ohakea.
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KIA ORA: Prince Charles and wife, Camilla, are welcome to Ohakea.
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WALKABOUT: Prince Charles meets people on the streets of Feilding
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MEET THE LOCALS: Prince Charles and Camilla meet a local school girl.
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HELLO THERE: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meets local farm animals.
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TOO HOT: Prince Charles observes a sheep being shorn at the Feilding farmers markets
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WALKABOUT: Camilla, accompanied by Feilding Promotion manager Helen Worboys, takes a look at Feilding Farmers Market stalls.
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SOMETHING TO EAT?: Palmerston North caterer Hester Guy, right, prepares some food for Camilla at the Feilding Farmers Market.
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WAITING: Crowds gathered along the road in Feilding
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NICE TO MEET YOU: Prince Charles delights locals by chatting with them as he walks through the Feilding farmers' markets.
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PRINCESSES IN WAITING?: Children gather outside Widbase at Massey University to greet Camilla.
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ROYAL CARNATION: Heather Relf from Feilding reacts after having a short discussion with Prince Charles. She gave him some carnations which he thanked her for, sniffed, then broke off a single carnation and put it in his jacket pocket.
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FLOWER POWER: Prince Charles stops to smell some local flowers.
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KIWI GIRL: The Duchess of Cornwall gets close to an injured kiwi bird at Wildbase.
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MASSEY VISIT: Camilla visits with Wildbase at Massey.
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HORSING AROUND: Camilla at the Equine Research Centre at Massey.
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PART OF THE WHANAU: Prince Charles at the Dermer farm.
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FARMER'S WIFE: Diny Dermer meets Prince Charles at her home.

At 2pm, the couple will meet volunteer organisation representatives at the corner of Cashel St and Oxford Tce.

In the afternoon, they will attend the Canterbury A&P Show, where Prince Charles will present the award for supreme animal in show. The prince said this week he was looking forward to visiting Christchurch.

"By the time my wife and I leave you later this week, we shall have seen much more of this vibrant and innovative New Zealand," he said.

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Prince Charles and Camilla begin their visit to Wellington with an official ceremony at Government House.
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Prince Charles inspects New Zealand armed forces at Government House in Wellington.
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Prince Charles shares a joke with an officer an official ceremony at Government House.
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Prince Charles with Sir Jerry Mateparae at Government House, with Camilla and Sir Jerry's wife Janine talking in the background.
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A kapa haka group performs at Government House for Prince Charles with Camilla's visit to Wellington.
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Sir Jerry Mateparae and wife Janine with Prince Charles and Camilla at the new visitor centre at Government House in Wellington.
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Prince Charles with Camilla leave Government House during their visit to Wellington.
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Camilla meets Donny Shermond and two-year-old chihuahua Amigo on the Wellington Waterfront during her tour with husband Prince Charles.
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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown talks with Prince Charles while deputy mayor Ian McKinnon talks to Camilla in the background.
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Government House kitchen staff look out at an official ceremony for Prince Charles and Camilla's Wellington visit.
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Prince Charles laughs as he talks to school girls on the Wellington waterfront during a stroll.
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Prince Charles shares a hongi with a member of the waka team which paddled up the Thames.
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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown talks with Prince Charles.
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Prince Charles looks Weta Workshop creations with Sir Richard Taylor, left, and Sir Peter Jackson.
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Prince Charles is greeted by The Hobbit actor Mark Hadlow, while Sir Richard Taylor looks on.
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Prince Charles talks with The Hobbit actor Mark Hadlow at the Weta Workshop in Wellington.
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Prince Charles and Camilla with Sir Jerry Mateparae and wife Janine cut into one of 64 kiwiana-themed cakes created for his 64th birthday.
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"We will take with us an impression of a country confident of its own identity and proud of its diverse origins, having strong traditions, but also confident about its future. That national character has been most sorely tested recently in Christchurch, but in no way found lacking.

"I am so pleased that we shall be able to join Cantabrians on our last day and to salute their strength and dignity."

They will leave about 10.30pm, heading for Darwin.

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