Royals to visit Christchurch

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 14:23 18/09/2012
Prince Charles and Camilla
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ROYALTY: Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in London in July.

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A tour by Prince Charles and wife Camilla will be of "great benefit" to New Zealand, says a leading monarchist.

Prime Minister John Key today announced that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit the country for six days in November. The tour dates include the Prince's birthday, November 14, when he will turn 64.

The royal couple will travel to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Manawatu during their trip.

The public will have an opportunity to see the royal couple in each city.

Monarchy New Zealand chairman Sean Palmer said the tour would be of "great benefit" to New Zealand.  

"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," he said.
 
Monarchy New Zealand Christchurch co-ordinator Alex Summerlee said he was looking forward to the southern leg of the tour.

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

"This will be a fantastic opportunity for the next king of New Zealand to see how much progress has been made in Christchurch since September 2010 and February 2011." 

November 14 was also the birthday of Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Rebuild will be royal focus in Christchurch

In Christchurch, the focus for the Prince and his wife would be on the recovery process, including the creative temporary use of vacant spaces and on plans for the city.

Ngai Tahu will welcome the couple to the city.

The couple also plan to attend the 150th A&P Show.

Key said it would be a great pleasure to welcome Prince Charles and Camilla to New Zealand.

"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," he said.

It will be Camilla's first visit to New Zealand, while Charles last visited in 2005. They will arrive in New Zealand after tours of Papua New Guinea and Australia.

In Feilding, the couple will attend the local farmers' market, recently voted the best in the country, before heading to the Ohakea air force base to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

The couple 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 the Queen.

The couple will also take some private time to see the sights during their busy itinerary.

A full itinerary will be released once details are finalised.

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