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Charles and Camilla set to arrive in NZ

Saturday 10 Nov 2012 7:45a.m.

Charles and Camilla set to arrive in NZ

By Sarah Robson

The heir to the throne and his second wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will touch down in Auckland tonight, kicking off their hectic six-day visit to New Zealand.

They'll be in the country as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour representing the Queen.

Prince Charles was last here in 2005.

When the royal couple land at the Royal New Zealand Air Force base at Whenuapai, they'll be met by Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh.

Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples and Auckland mayor Len Brown will also be there.

The Prince will inspect a guard of honour, but given the couple's late arrival, a traditional Maori welcome will be held tomorrow morning at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Their busy tour schedule includes Auckland, Wellington, Feilding and Christchurch.

Monarchy New Zealand chairman Sean Palmer is encouraging all Kiwis to get out and see the Prince and the Duchess while they are here.

Members of the public will get a chance to meet the couple on one of their scheduled public walks in the Auckland CBD or along the Wellington waterfront.

The people of Feilding will also have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Royals when they visit the local farmers' market.

Among their other official engagements, the couple will meet Kiwi Olympians at AUT's Millennium Institute, before taking in a stage performance of Hairy Maclary.

Prince Charles will visit Weta Workshop in Wellington where Sir Peter Jackson will treat him to a sneak peek at part of the first film of the Hobbit trilogy.

The heir to the throne will also celebrate his 64th birthday in the capital on November 14 and a party has been planned at Government House with 64 Kiwis who share the same birth date.

On the final day of the tour, Charles and Camilla will survey the progress of post-earthquake work in Christchurch.

They'll depart Christchurch, bound for Britain, later that evening.

NZN

 
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