Charles & Camilla in Sydney: mounted police, military police & natural disaster talk

Almost 2/3 of the way through their trip Down Under, Prince Charles and Camilla spent the day in Sydney.

In Martin Place, the Royal couple gave a walkabout, and The Prince of Wales was treated to a rendition of Happy Birthday prior to his birthday on Saturday.

The Prince and Duchess visited New South Wales Mounted Police, the oldest continuous Mounted Police unit in the world. Charles and Camilla were treated to an quine performance from the team, showing their training for crowd control.

Charles has been a keen polo player for all his life, until recently, and Camilla is also a big equine fan, being patron of The British Equestrian Foundation, and President of the Brooke Hospital for Animals since 2006.

OzHarvest was next on the agenda for the Duchess. She toured the organisation’s facilities, where they provide charities with unwanted produce from restaurants and other food outlets to provide to those in need.

Camilla was treated to a demonstration in the kitchen from Chrissy Mulyneux, making bread and butter pudding.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles paid the Psychological Recovery Following Community Disaster Roundtable event a visit.

Here, the psychological recovery following man-made or natural disasters was discussed, with CEO of Macquarie Group, Nicolas Moore, Chairman of The Prince’s Charities Australia, Tony Beddison, and the Chief Executive of The Prince’s Charities Australia, Janine Kirk.


The Prince also met front line responders, including serving and former military personnel, and disaster survivors.

The Royal couple then regrouped to spend the afternoon at Government House for a reception to celebrate the work of Australians who have made a difference to their local communities and the nation. A ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony was given as a mark of respect by a Gadigal Elder.

As Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Australian Corps of Military Police, the Duchess visited the Victoria Barracks to makr the Corps’ 100th anniversary, to be celebrated next year. She spent time at a corps reception and then cut the centenary cake.

The Head of the Corps, Brigadier Cheryl Pearce, said: “It’s a real honour to have The Duchess here.  When she became our Colonel-in-Chief in 2012 it was just the start of a tradition and we want to continue with her into the future.

“This was a chance for her to meet our soldiers and our soldiers to meet her.”

Charles and Camilla ended the day with a dinner at Government House, with Governor General Peter Cosgrove and his wife.

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