Charles & Camilla end tour of Australia with Church, conservation & children’s books

On the final day of the couple’s tour in Australia, Charles and Camilla were in Perth.

A church service began the day for the Prince and Duchess, held at St George’s Cathedral, which dates from 1888. Prayers were said for the victims of the Paris attacks, following Prince Charles’ speech yesterday.

Next it was to State Buildings for Prince Charles, which he officially opened following their restoration. The buildings had been vacant for over 17 years and have been redeveloped into a luxury hotel, restaurants and shops; they used to house the premiers’ offices, the state treasury and police courts.

As a supporter of heritage buildings, The Prince of Wales was shown around the finished project, and he saw the four story staircase,façade and the safe doors, also meeting with those involved and inveiling a plaque to mark his visit and the opening.

The Duchess of Cornwall, meanwhile, headed to the State Library to learn about the Learning English Through Stories programme. Camilla is a keen supporter of literacy programmes for children and adults, and spoke with the youngsters who took part in the scheme, which uses stories and poetry to introduce family literacy.

Charles had then moved to the Biodiversity Conservation Centre at the Botanic Gardens, Perth, which studies native plant species. The Prince toured the labs, also meeting personnel from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, discussing conservation programmes and research.

Reuniting to end their tour, Charles and Camilla visited Kings Park together. An inner-city sanctum in a bustling city, Kings has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation and public education.

The Royal couple viewed the Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion before arriving at the Flame of Remembrance war memorial. They paused to ackonwledge the flame, which was first lit by The Queen in 2000; The Flame of Remembrance within the Pool of Reflection burns continuously, representing the promise of the Australian people: We will remember them.

The dawn ANZAC Day service is held in the memorial area each year.

This ended the couple’s tour Down Under, taking a flight back to the UK the same day.

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