Charles & Camilla in Canberra: Remembrance Day, truffles & trees

Today, Prince Charles and Camilla marked Remembrance Day in Canberra, on the Austrlian part of their tour Down Under.

The Prince and The Duchess visited the Australian War Memorial, and laid a wreath at the foot of the Stone of Remembrance on a rainy day. They also placed a floral tribute on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier in the Hall of Memory.

Princess Anne visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today, to mark Remembrance Day in the UK.

Following the service, Charles then spent time at the National Museum of Australia, meanwhile the Duchess toured French Black Truffles, Canberra’s only truffle farm.

The National Museum of Australia is a social history museum that explores the land, nation and people of Australia. Here Prince Charles viewed parts of the Encounters exhibition, telling the stories of rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Camilla, who changed from her black outfit into blue, got to see how dogs work to sniff out black truffles at the family business, before observing a cooking demonstration using the truffles.

The Royal couple then rejoined and paid a visit to the National Arboretum, established in 2003 after the bushfires which devastated the area. It holds 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia, and so the Prince and the Duchess planted two Pin Oak ‘Freefall’ trees in the rain.

The Prince said: “I am thrilled it’s raining. Maybe it will help them grow.”

Charles then headed to a military base in Canberra to meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who recently scrapped knighthoods, and is an outspoken Republican.

The pair visited Soldier On, a charity which supports physically and psychologically wounded veterans of Australia’s Defence Forces, finishing Charles’ day.

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