In the early hours of this morning, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall left New Zealand for Australia, to continue their tour Down Under. Charles met an old acquaintance and the couple tried port as old as themselves.
One final engagement in New Zealand saw Prince Charles hop aboard the ship Spirit of New Zealand in Auckland. Here, he met young people who have just returned from a 5-day voyage, where the got to practice team work problem solving and their sailing skills.
The voyage was organised by the Spirit of Adventure Trust, a character development programme.
A short flight then saw Charles and Camilla arrive at Tanunda, Barossa, for a short stop in Southern Australia. As with the rest of the trip, crowds had gathered in the town square and the Prince and Duchess did not disaapoint, greeting as many people as possible.
Prince Charles was even handed a baby, and gladly cooed at the youngster.
Clare Morrow, 48, was waiting amongst the well-wishers holding a sign which read “Charles! Thanks for the dance! Ghillies Ball.” Ms Morrow was a maid in the Royal Household in 1993, and attended the ball where staff and employer mix: her dance was with the Prince, having cleaned his suite.
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Camilla spotted the sign and called her husband over. “Camilla thought it was such a funny thing, Prince Charles said ‘that was such a long time ago, I don’t remember’ – I hope he doesn’t think I was stalking him.”
“He was always so polite and lovely, no one could say a bad word about him.”
Next, the Royal couple paid a visit to Seppeltsfield Winery, being given a tour of the property. The Prince and The Duchess sampled Tawny port fromt the years of their birth, 1947 and 1948 respectively for Camilla and Charles.
The cellar also contains barrels from 1982 for Prince William’s birth, 1984 for Prince Harry, 2013 Prince George and 2015 Princess Charlotte.
With a smile on her face Camilla held up the eight-inch blade and told Charles “behave yourself”. Prince Charles looked shocked, causing the team of journalists to giggle. Patron of the British Winegrower’s Association, the Duchess revealed: “I am a red wine drinker. My father was in the wine trade.”
Camilla then went to Government House in Adelaide, to take part in a a Roundtable Discussion on Domestic Violence, with other guests including Rosie Batty, who named 2015 Australian of the Year after raising awareness of domestic and family violence following the death of her 11-year-old son at the hands of her husband.
The Duchess of Cornwall also viewed part of South Australian Museum’s Opal Exhibition, a gem whose discovery in 1915 led to the creation of mining communities in the outback. The Queen allowed three opals from The Royal Collection to be displayed for this exhibition.
Meanwhile, Charles visited the Bowden project in Adelaide, turninging the first sod of the project for luck.
The project aims to create a community for 3,500 residents in the next 10 years, including cafes, restaurants, offices, open spaces, parks and gardens. Prince Charles also launched the construction of The Prince’s Australian Terraces, a sustainable housing project whilst there.