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Diamond Jubilee visit to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall recently visited Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

View Clarence House's blogs from the tour on Storify:

Day One: Papua New Guinea

Day Two: Australia

Day Three: Australia (The Melbourne Cup)

Day Four: Australia (Adelaide)

Day Six: Australia (Tasmania) 

Day Six: Australia (Sydney)

Day Seven: Australia (Canberra)

Day Eight: New Zealand (Auckland)

Day Ten: New Zealand (Auckland)

Day Eleven: New Zealand (Wellington)

Day Eleven: Happy Birthday to The Prince of Wales

Day Twelve: New Zealand (Feilding and Palmerston North)

Day Thirteen: New Zealand (Christchurch)

Prior to the tour, Clarence House released the following statement:

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are to visit Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand for two weeks in November as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The royal tour, which takes place between 3rd and 16th November, follows other Diamond Jubilee visits by senior members of the Royal Family including Their Royal Highnesses own tour of Canada, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Singapore and the Far East and Prince Harry’s tour of the Caribbean.

Throughout the tour The Prince will renew old friendships and form new ties as well as have the opportunity to introduce his wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, to each country for the first time.

From 3rd to 5th November, The Prince will be returning to Papua New Guinea where, in 1966, he visited as a school pupil while studying at Geelong Grammar School in Australia. The Prince also visited in 1975 when he acted as The Queen’s representative during independence celebrations and again nine years later when he returned to open the new Parliament Building. This time The Prince, accompanied by his wife The Duchess of Cornwall, will meet traditional cultural groups, church workers, charity and community volunteers, military personnel and young people at various locations in and around Port Moresby.

In Australia, The Prince and The Duchess will take part in a series of community-led celebrations of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, acknowledge the remarkable service of the Australian Defence Force and attend this year’s Melbourne Cup. Farmers, members of the emergency services, and young people will feature in a busy six day programme from 5th to 10th November which will take Their Royal Highnesses to Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

In New Zealand, from 10th to 16th November, the royal couple will attend events and celebrations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as well as making a brief stop in Manawatu. The programme will include a focus on New Zealand excellence and innovation, including sport, agriculture, and business as well as reflecting The Duchess’s long-standing interests such as children’s literacy and nutrition, community service, and animal health. Her Royal Highness, a keen promoter of literacy, is a fan of Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary books, and will take part in an event with some of Hairy Maclary’s young readers during the visit. The Royal couple will celebrate The Prince’s 64th birthday on 14th November in Wellington. Notes for editors 

The Prince of Wales last visited Papua New Guinea in 1984, Australia in 2005 and New Zealand in 2005. This will be The Duchess’ first visit to all three countries.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Jackson's International Airport, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. © Press Association
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Jackson's International Airport, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. © Press Association
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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Jackson's International Airport, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. © Press Association The Duchess of Cornwall presents the Gold Cup trophy to winning Owner Nick Williams at Flemington Race Course in Melbourne, Australia, 6 November 2012. © Press Association The Duchess of Cornwall is presented with the Grand Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia by Governor General Sir Michael Ogio at the Airways Hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. © Press Association Crowds gather at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Papua New Guinea to see The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. © Press Association The Prince of Wales makes a speech during a visit to The Sir John Guise Stadium in Papua New Guinea. © Press Association The Prince of Wales visits the Australian Tapestry Workshop in Melbourne during his visit to Australia at mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, 6 November 2012.  © Press Association The Prince of Wales meets players and coaches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during his Diamond Jubilee visit to Australia, 6 November 2012.  © Press Association The Duchess of Cornwall at Kilkenny Primary School, Adelaide © PA The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall with koalas © PA The Duchess of Cornwall meets local well-wishers during a visit to Richmond, Tasmania  ©Press Association The Prince of Wales visits a wool shop in Richmond, Tasmania ©Press Association The Prince of Wales helps with sheep shearing during a visit to the Leenavale Sheep Stud in Sorell, Tasmania, 8 November 2012. © Press Association The Prince of Wales attends a reception for the Australian Wool Industry at the museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney, Australia.© Press Association The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall with Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the unveiling of Queen Elizabeth Terrace in Canberra in honour of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee © Press Association The Prince of Wales lays a wreath during a Service of Remembrance at Auckland War Memorial in New Zealand  © Press Association The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall meet Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at a reception at the SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland, New Zealand © Press Association The Prince of Wales performs a traditional 'Hongi' greeting with Hiria Hape during a Maori welcome ceremony at Government House, in Wellington, New Zealand © Press Association The Prince of Wales is presented with birthday cakes to mark his 64th birthday at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand. His Royal Highness is pictured with  The Duchess of Cornwall, Governor General of New Zealand Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife Lady Janine Mateparae © Press Association The Prince of Wales meets Peter Hambleton who plays Gloin in the film 'The Hobbit' at Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand © Press Association The Duchess of Cornwall visits the 'Dance O Mat' in Christchurch, New Zealand, 16 November 2012. The temporary dance space was set up following the earthquake in February 2011. © Press Association The Prince of Wales visits the A and P Show in Christchurch, New Zealand, 16 November 2012. © Press Association