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Royals to spend final day in Christchurch

Friday 16 Nov 2012 6:38 a.m.

By Sarah Robson

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will spend the final day of their six-day tour of New Zealand in quake-ravaged Christchurch.

The royals are in the country on the final leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour representing the queen.

The prince and duchess arrive in Christchurch about midday today and they'll be welcomed at the Christchurch City Council by mayor Bob Parker, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Agency (CERA) chief executive Roger Sutton.

From there the prince and duchess will meet privately with 20 people who were seriously injured in the deadly February 22, 2011 quake and their caregivers.

They'll then visit some of the areas of the city hardest hit by the quake, including the central business district red zone.

In addition to seeing some of the quake's devastating impacts first hand, the couple will also get a sense of the work that's being done to rebuild the city.

The royals will visit the Re:Start shipping container mall on Cashel Street, where they'll meet Sam Johnson, the founder of the student volunteer army which helped with much of the post-quake clean-up.

The final public engagement of the royal tour will be a trip to the 150th Canterbury A&P show with Prime Minister John Key and Minister for Primary Industries David Carter.

Prince Charles and Camilla depart Christchurch, bound for Britain, on Saturday night.

NZN

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