Prince Charles' tour of Christchurch

23:15, Nov 14 2012
Prince Charles and Camilla
ROYAL WELCOME: Crowds lined the streets to greet Prince Charles and Camilla in Wellington on Wednesday.

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

The city is the final stop for the royal couple, who have been visiting New Zealand this week as part of the celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The couple will land at Christchurch Airport at 11.35am and will travel to the Christchurch City Council offices on Worcester Blvd.

They will be welcomed in a ceremony by Ngai Tahu at the offices at noon. 

The couple will then tour the CBD from 12.40pm to see how the city is recovering after the earthquakes.

They will drive from Oxford Tce, where they will meet with former residents, and continue to the Diamond Jubilee Clock on Victoria St about 1pm.

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About 1.30pm, they will arrive at the Colombo St entrance to City Mall and are expected to visit the Re:Start mall. 

At 2pm, the prince and his wife, Camilla, will meet with volunteer organisation representatives, including the Student Army's Sam Johnson, at the corner of Cashel St and Oxford Tce. 

It is not known if they will visit Christ Church Cathedral during their tour of the city.

In the afternoon, the royal couple will attend the Canterbury A&P Show, where Prince Charles will present the award for supreme animal in show. 

The royal couple will arrive about 2.35pm and stay until about 4.30pm. 

Royal fan Jan Notley, whose husband was on the A&P Association board, said she hoped to be lucky enough to have a chat with the prince and the duchess in the show's president's marquee.

The royal couple will view livestock displays, unveil a plaque commemorating their visit, watch the Shetland Grand National and stay for the start of the Grand Parade. 

The prince told Fairfax 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, both in town and country,'' he said. 

''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."

The couple will leave Christchurch about 10.30pm, heading for Darwin.

The Press