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This is one of our three sections on the ACM site on Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  and now also Prince George.

Prince William and Prince George are second and third in the line of succession to the Australian throne.

This section is about  their visits to Australia and New Zealand, as well as any news particularly relating them to Australia and New Zealand.

The reports here are in chronological order and go back to 2007.

You can find the latest details of the 2014 Royal Visit below the first image.

 We have adopted the hash tag #RoyalVisitAus   -   do  use this in the social media.

 

 Photo: For the  #RoyalVisitAus  here is a close-up of the photo below of Prince William and Catherine - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - with their baby son Prince George as well as cocker spaniel Lupo.

The latest  official schedule for the Royal Visit of Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George follows:-

As with previous Royal Visits, ACM will be offering regular news and commentary. We have adopted the hash tag #RoyalVisitAus  and we encourage you to use this in the social media.  

 

•April 16 - Sydney: Arrive and attend reception at the Sydney Opera House.

•April 17 - Sydney: Fire-ravaged street in Blue Mountains.

•April 18 - Sydney: Attend the Royal Easter Show, visit a children’s hospice before watching a demonstration by surf life-saving volunteers.

•April 19 - Brisbane: RAAF base visit then reception for Queensland’s young people.

•April 20 - Sydney: Cathedral service then visit Taronga Zoo where the bilby enclosure is being named after Prince George.

•April 21 - Rest.

•April 22 - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (Second night away from George): Visit the National Indigenous Training Academy, view Aboriginal art display then walk round part of the rock.

•April 23 - Adelaide: View young people’s music workshop and watch skateboarding display.

•April 24 - Canberra: Visit the National Portrait Gallery, attend a reception at Parliament House, plant a tree at the National Arboretum.

•April 25 - Canberra: Attend ANZAC Day March, lay a wreath and plant a ‘Lone Pine’ tree in the Memorial Garden; depart for London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Here's the official schedule for the Royal Visit of Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George:               •April 16 - Sydney: Arrive and attend reception at the Sydney Opera House. •April 17 - Sydney: Fire-ravaged street in Blue Mountains. •April 18 - Sydney: Attend the Royal Easter Show, visit a children’s hospice before watching a demonstration by surf life-saving volunteers. •April 19 - Brisbane: RAF base visit then reception for Queensland’s young people. •April 20 - Sydney: Cathedral service then visit Taronga Zoo where the bilby enclosure is being named after Prince George. •April 21 - Rest. •April 22 - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (Second night away from George): Visit the National Indigenous Training Academy, view Aboriginal art display then walk round part of the rock. •April 23 - Adelaide: View young people’s music workshop and watch skateboarding display. •April 24 - Canberra: Visit the National Portrait Gallery, attend a reception at Parliament House, plant a tree at the National Arboretum. •April 25 - Canberra: Attend ANZAC Day March, lay a wreath and plant a ‘Lone Pine’ tree in the Memorial Garden. •Depart for home.  This sector will be preceded by a visit to New Zealand details of which are:  •April 7 - Wellington: Arrive to ceremonial welcome. •April 8 - Rest. •April 9 - Wellington: Meet parents and their babies at Government House, hopefully with George. •April 10 - Blenheim: Events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. •Wellington: State Reception where William will unveil a portrait of the Queen. •April 11 - Auckland: Meet serving air force personnel and their families. Race each other across Auckland Harbour in Team New Zealand Americas Cup yachts. Ride on a Sealegs craft - boat that can be driven into and out of water. •April 12 - Waikato: William views an aircraft factory while Kate goes to a children’s hospice. Both travel through Hamilton town centre and meet Olympic athletes and open the new velodrome. •April 13 - Dunedin (Travel away from George for one night): Maori tribal welcome, visit cathedral then watch and participate in a Rippa Rugby tournament - non contact rugby. •Queenstown: Wine tasting, travel on the Shotover Jet - 50mph white water ride. •April 14 - Christchurch: Ceremony for those who died in 2011 earthquake. Watch a 2015 Cricket World Cup event, later visit air force museum and memorial wall. •April 15 - Rest. •April 16 - Wellington: Visit a police training college, sign the city’s visitor book then depart.
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Prince William Down Under: Sky UK Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 17 January 2010

"Why is he coming?”  Mike Keating, leader of Australia’s republican movement, asked Sarah Hughes, Sky UK’s Royal correspondent, “William Down Under For First Official Tour “ (16/1).  “ He's not the first in line to the throne. He knows nothing about Australia, on his own acknowledgement.”

“"I'm not sure when he's coming,” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told Sky while he was at the recent Copenhagen summit on global warming. “ But I'll say hi and I'll buy him a beer or two."

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A "vox pop" in the streets and at the beach indicated interest and approval of the Prince. 

David Flint, of the campaign group Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, told Ms. Hughes: "He could very easily be a playboy prince. "But he is a young man who has eschewed leisure and taken up service."He has given himself to serve in the Armed Forces and also in relation to a number of very important charities."Mr Flint added: "I think Australians will react very well and will very much like Prince William.

Sydney is planning for crowds, reported the very elegant Ms.Hughes. The New South Wales Tourism Minister Jodi MacKay told her the Prince has  "global pull" and said the city is expecting some "Prince William mania".

As ACM has pointed out, the tourism returns from the visit will be substantial for Australia.

Ms. Hughes reports that the Prince  is  said to be excited about the trip, having heard much about Australia from his father and his brother Harry, who spent part of his gap year there.His advisers are adamant he is not visiting the country to drum up support for the monarchy, or to get embroiled in politics.

It is, they say, simply a chance for him to get to know Australia and its people - and vice versa. “After all, one day he could be their king.”

 
 
Prince William and the politicians Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 13 January 2010

How times change. The Australian press has been full of favourable stories about a Royal Visit. Andrew Hornery’s social column in The Sydney Morning Herald ( 8/1) demonstrates the continuing proof of that long standing warning from constitutional monarchists. “Never stand between Australian republicans- especially ones from Sydney – and visiting Royalty. If you do, you’ll be knocked down in the rush.” 

We should stress at this point that as with other members of the Royal Family, Prince William clearly leaves the question of any proposed constitutional change where it should be - with the Australian people. As with The Queen and his father, he is not here to campaign, just to do his duty as long as we wish the Royal Family to continue.  

But to return to the Herald, Mr. Hornery’s theme is, I assume, exciting for readers of his column, “PS”.  This is that from details of private entertainment for the Prince while he is in Sydney, social rank in the city and even the nation will be established for many a year. For good reason his piece is headed; “ Now we’ll find out who’s who”.

 

  

News Limited’s outlets have a piece by David Murray which, in Melbourne’s Herald Sun ( 10/1), came out under the headline “Prince William is the popular face of the royals with the future monarchy on his shoulders”.  It is a fair piece on the Prince.




...."unstoppable push" for a politicans' republic.... 




But at one point Mr. Murray repeats the line “It's widely assumed, too, that Charles's succession would herald an unstoppable push for a republic in Australia.” This line now pushed ad finitum by republican politicians.  Just that would put the wary on guard - remember they thought they had it in the bag in 1999, a much more auspicious time for change. The politicians who push this line do so principally for two reasons.

 First, because they full well know that a second referendum is even more doomed than in 1999.  That is why they the republican movement is trying to get the politicians to hold a series of non- binding, spin doctored plebiscites to soften the ground.

But the republican movement is even less prepared than they were in 1999. They can’t even say what sort of republic they want. As  David Koch told them on Channel 7 when they launched their embarrassing campaign for a “Mate a Head of State”, if they can’t say what they have in mind, they should  go away and work that out beforehand.




...end-of-the-reign silver bullet...





Malcolm Turnbull was one of the republican politicians favouring the wait-until-the-end-of-the-reign thesis, adding two other caveats.

These were there had to be consensus on a model, which remains unachieved, and opposition would need to be minimal. Australians for Constitutional Monarchy  – who brought out over 50,000 supporters in 1999 - reminded him that opposition would be formidable. Malcolm Turnbull should know.  He led the republicans at the barricades in 1999.

In any event the boast the republican movement has been making that both the PM and the alternative are republicans is no longer true. Tony Abbott is now the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Australian Opposition. Before he went into Parliament he was Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.  A claim to being a lifelong monarchist by Tony Abbott would have the ring of truth.

The second reason the republican politicians talk about the end of the current reign as the time to revive a move to a politicians' republic is this.  They do not expect to be in Parliament then. Instead, all or most of them will be enjoying their generous retirement entitlements.  They will not have to explain themselves.

In  any event the republicanism of many of the politicians is probably nominal. An example from Malcolm Turnbull will suffice. He says it is curious that the Prime Minister purports to be a "lifelong republican", but was curiously absent from the republican barricades in 1999.

in the meantime,  Her Majesty appears to be in excellent health, and most likely to be Queen for many years. And it is said that she is not impressed with those early abdications on the Continent. The difference is that she, alone in the world, is like Solomon – an anointed sovereign whose duty is to reign. And unlike some of her republican politicians, Her Majesty regards an Oath as something between her and God, and consequently to be honoured.




...Prince William...




When some time ago a story was released by a transatlantic social journalist suggesting Prince William was interested in becoming Governor-General, I found considerable interest among the young, including young journalists. The instant dismissal of this by both the then PM and the Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd attracted little support. My impression was that the young found the prospect very interesting.

When I pointed out that the Palace would not allow the Prince to accept the post if it were offered without some guarantee they would not misbehave as in 1975, one reader whom I had assumed was a republican criticised me for cutting off the debate about what he saw an interesting proposal.   

In the meantime it would be foolish for republicans to bank on the end of the reign delivering them some politicians’  republic. Their last silver bullet – Prince Charles’ marriage – dissolved when people realised that the Duchess of Cornwall did not have two heads. In fact the number of Australians who watched the marriage- at a time on a Sunday morning when most are either in bed or out raging - indicated a considerable interest in the Royal Family.



...republicans misunderstand Australian character...




And the idea that people would turn on Prince Charles at the end of the reign indicates a complete misunderstanding of the Australian character. As Australians learn more about Charles' tireless work for good causes, and the fact that he raises about half a billion a year for his charities, they will conclude, as one hitherto sceptical Fairfax journalist did some time ago, he would make a good King.

The end of the reign, a moment of sadness and of deep respect will lead to one of the largest media retrospectives known. This will gradually turn into excitement across the Commonwealth and beyond over the coronation and also about the new Prince of Wales.  The magic of monarchy will of course swamp any small minded petty calls for Australia to become some undefined politicians’ republic. . The confidence Australians have in their constitutional system will more than reinforce that.  

 
Prince William in Australia Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 05 January 2010

[We have been asked to repeat and give more details of Prince William's visit.]

Prince William’s visit to Australia has come about at his own request, to enable him to begin to get to know the country and the Australian people, according to his secretary, former SAS officer, Major Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.

The visit is unofficial, although The Prince will carry out a number of public engagements while he is there. These will be in line with his personal interests: young people in society, the Armed Services and environmental issues.

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The Australian Government has been exceptionally kind in putting together the programme with us. Private time has also been built into the programme so Prince William can get to see a bit of Australia for himself.
 

Prince William will arrive in Auckland on a scheduled flight on Sunday 17th January at around lunchtime. He will be greeted on arrival by the Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand, and The Prime Minister, John Key.

[ Further details on the New Zealand visit have been posted to  this site ]
 


 

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....Australia.... 



On arrival in Australia on Tuesday 19 January, the Prince will be met in more low-key fashion, in keeping with the unofficial nature of the visit. However, he will head straight to Admiralty House in Sydney, the Governor-General’s Residence, where he will be greeted and officially welcomed to the Commonwealth of Australia by the Governor-General, Ms. Quentin Bryce.

 At Admiralty House, the Governor-General is very kindly hosting a lunch for Prince William, where he will have a chance to meet some prominent young Australians. 

Following the lunch, Prince William will visit a Community Centre, which is a wonderful project for Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples in an inner suburb of Sydney. It runs day classes, after-school classes and activities and many other drop-in services for all ages.

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On arrival, The Prince will receive a traditional Aboriginal welcome. He will then tour the centre, meeting elderly people through to young children and teenagers.

Prince William is particularly keen to visit the centre since its work improving the life chances of young people shares much in common with charities such as Skill Force, Centrepoint and others of which he is Patron in the UK.
 Prince William will then call on the Governor of New South Wales, Dr Marie Bashir, at her residence, Government House.

After their short meeting, Prince William will spend the evening privately.
 

On Wednesday, 20 January, Prince William will start the day with a visit to Holsworthy Barracks, in the Sydney area. There he will join a company of soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment and participate in live fire training at the Marksmanship Training Range at the barracks.

He will subsequently meet privately with Special Operations Command soldiers. For Prince William, as a serving officer in the Royal Air Force and previously with the Household Cavalry, meeting fellow Australian Servicemen and women is of enormous personal importance and interest to him.
 

Following his visit to Holsworthy, Prince William will return to Sydney city centre where he will visit Southern Surveyor, a leading environmental research ship, which will be moored alongside.

There, he will have a chance to meet scientists and view some of the extraordinary technology that allows Australia’s marine science community to research changes in the region’s seas and oceans.

As some of you may know, whilst at university Prince William as part of his degree course conducted research on the environmental impact by climate change on marine life.

He also, with his brother, Prince Harry, made a private visit to the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge in 2008 to further his knowledge of this important area. He takes a close personal interest in climate change, particularly in the context of oceanography.
 

After Southern Surveyor, Prince William will attend a barbeque lunch hosted by the Premier of New South Wales, Kristina Keneally, at a city centre location.

The lunch will be attended by a large group of young Sydneysiders, and Prince William will be invited to say a few words to the assembled guests.
 

Following the lunch, Prince William will spend a private afternoon in the Sydney area. Prince William’s father and brother both have very fond memories of Australia, its people, its lifestyle and its natural beauty, and Prince William wants to experience a little of that for himself, too. 




....Melbourne....




On Thursday, 21 January, Prince William will travel to Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, where his day will be dominated by visiting the areas affected by the devastating bushfires that took place in February this year – the anniversary of which will be fast approaching when Prince William visits.

In February this year, 173 people died, the highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. Over 2,000 houses were destroyed, and many more livelihoods. Over 7,500 people were made homeless.
 This tragedy was truly unprecedented, and, like many people, Prince William followed the news at the time very closely indeed.

Readers  will recall that he and Prince Harry sent a video message of support – their first ever video message – to memorial concerts that took place in Melbourne and Sydney. They visited Australia House to sign a book of remembrance started by their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen and the Prince of Wales separately paid their respects. 





The Princess Royal Princess Anne attended a memorial service in Melbourne and toured the affected region. The Queen received the Premier of Victoria this summer at Balmoral so that Her Majesty could hear about the great efforts being made to restore the area and its people.

In this context, Prince William will be visiting the region both as a representative of the Royal Family and to see the ongoing work of recovery for himself.
 His day will begin in the affected area with a briefing by emergency services and others on what happened in February. He will then go out on the ground. Prince William will then attend a community event being held in the bushfire affected area.

Prince William will meet many people who lost their homes in the tragedy. The Prince will also be invited to plant a tree as a symbol of new growth in this devastated landscape. The event will be very enjoyable and upbeat, with a barbeque and a local sports match.
 

After the community event, The Prince will visit an Educational Centre, which was utterly destroyed. Under the inspirational direction of its owners, the centre is being re-built even better than before, incorporating strong ecological principles.

 



During the course of the day, therefore, Prince William will have spent time hearing first-hand about the fires. He will have a chance to see what arrangements are in place now to help those whose lives were dramatically affected – and then he will have a chance to glimpse the future that is being planned by inspirational Victorians to rebuild their lives. 




...Australia Day reception....




On his return to Melbourne, Prince William will call on the Governor of Victoria at Government House, Prof. David de Kretser. He will then attend Victoria’s Australia Day reception, hosted by the Governor and accompanied by the Premier of Victoria, John Brumby. Prince William will make a speech.

He will then have a chance to meet a number of Victorians, before planting a tree near those planted by many other Members of the Royal Family, including his parents.





....return to flying training...






 Following the reception, Prince William will spend a short, private evening in Melbourne before boarding a scheduled flight back to London. 

The Prince begins the new component of his flying training – the Search and Rescue conversion course – at RAF Valley on the Monday immediately following his return. He is using a week out of his entitled annual leave for the visit to New Zealand and Australia, so as not to impact on his flying training. 

Prince William is really looking forward to this. It is going to be a high point for him over the next year. He came away from New Zealand in 2005 incredibly fond of the country and longing to get back there.

 
 
Prince William: Visit details Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 20 December 2009

Statement by Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Private Secretary to Prince William about Prince William’s forthcoming visit to New Zealand and Australia

14th December 2009 

[*Note: This has been edited to move details of the New Zealand tour to the end of this document.]

 

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The genesis of the visit Down Under was an invitation by the New Zealand Government to The Queen of New Zealand inviting her to open the new Supreme Court building, which is in Wellington. 



...Background... 



Prince William was delighted to be asked by The Queen to represent Her Majesty on this important occasion in New Zealand, a country of which he is enormously fond having visited previously in 2005. 

Prince William’s visit to New Zealand is an official visit during which he will be representing The Queen. He will be accompanied throughout the visit by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, which is a great honour for The Prince. 

The visit will allow him to build upon some of the many good friendships he forged there in 2005.
 

Prince William’s visit to Australia has come about at his own request, to enable him to begin to get to know the country and the Australian people.

The visit is unofficial, although The Prince will carry out a number of public engagements while he is there. These will be in line with his personal interests: young people in society, the Armed Services and environmental issues.

The Australian Government has been exceptionally kind in putting together the programme with us. Private time has also been built into the programme so Prince William can get to see a bit of Australia for himself.
 

Prince William will arrive in Auckland on a scheduled flight on Sunday 17th January at around lunchtime. He will be greeted on arrival by the Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand, and The Prime Minister, John Key.

[ Further details on the New Zealand visit are posted below ]
 


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...Australia.... 



On arrival in Australia, the Prince will be met in more low-key fashion, in keeping with the unofficial nature of the visit. However, he will head straight to Admiralty House in Sydney, the Governor-General’s Residence, where he will be greeted and officially welcomed to the Commonwealth of Australia by the Governor-General, Ms. Quentin Bryce.

 At Admiralty House, the Governor-General is very kindly hosting a lunch for Prince William, where he will have a chance to meet some prominent young Australians. 

Following the lunch, Prince William will visit a Community Centre, which is a wonderful project for Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples in an inner suburb of Sydney. It runs day classes, after-school classes and activities and many other drop-in services for all ages.

On arrival, The Prince will receive a traditional Aboriginal welcome. He will then tour the centre, meeting elderly people through to young children and teenagers.

Prince William is particularly keen to visit the centre since its work improving the life chances of young people shares much in common with charities such as Skill Force, Centrepoint and others of which he is Patron in the UK.
 Prince William will then call on the Governor of New South Wales, Dr Marie Bashir, at her residence, Government House.

After their short meeting, Prince William will spend the evening privately.
 

On Wednesday, Prince William will start the day with a visit to Holsworthy Barracks, in the Sydney area. There he will join a company of soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment and participate in live fire training at the Marksmanship Training Range at the barracks.

He will subsequently meet privately with Special Operations Command soldiers. For Prince William, as a serving officer in the Royal Air Force and previously with the Household Cavalry, meeting fellow Australian Servicemen and women is of enormous personal importance and interest to him.
 

Following his visit to Holsworthy, Prince William will return to Sydney city centre where he will visit Southern Surveyor, a leading environmental research ship, which will be moored alongside.

There, he will have a chance to meet scientists and view some of the extraordinary technology that allows Australia’s marine science community to research changes in the region’s seas and oceans.

As some of you may know, whilst at university Prince William as part of his degree course conducted research on the environmental impact by climate change on marine life.

He also, with his brother, Prince Harry, made a private visit to the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge in 2008 to further his knowledge of this important area. He takes a close personal interest in climate change, particularly in the context of oceanography.
 

After Southern Surveyor, Prince William will attend a barbeque lunch hosted by the Premier of New South Wales, Kristina Keneally, at a city centre location.

The lunch will be attended by a large group of young Sydneysiders, and Prince William will be invited to say a few words to the assembled guests.
 

Following the lunch, Prince William will spend a private afternoon in the Sydney area. Prince William’s father and brother both have very fond memories of Australia, its people, its lifestyle and its natural beauty, and Prince William wants to experience a little of that for himself, too. 




....Melbourne....




On Thursday, Prince William will travel to Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, where his day will be dominated by visiting the areas affected by the devastating bushfires that took place in February this year – the anniversary of which will be fast approaching when Prince William visits.

In February this year, 173 people died, the highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. Over 2,000 houses were destroyed, and many more livelihoods. Over 7,500 people were made homeless.
 This tragedy was truly unprecedented, and, like many people, Prince William followed the news at the time very closely indeed.

You may recall that he and Prince Harry sent a video message of support – their first ever video message – to memorial concerts that took place in Melbourne and Sydney. They visited Australia House to sign a book of remembrance started by their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen and the Prince of Wales separately paid their respects. 





The Princess Royal Princess Anne attended a memorial service in Melbourne and toured the affected region. The Queen received the Premier of Victoria this summer at Balmoral so that Her Majesty could hear about the great efforts being made to restore the area and its people.

In this context, Prince William will be visiting the region both as a representative of the Royal Family and to see the ongoing work of recovery for himself.
 His day will begin in the affected area with a briefing by emergency services and others on what happened in February. He will then go out on the ground. Prince William will then attend a community event being held in the bushfire affected area.

Prince William will meet many people who lost their homes in the tragedy. The Prince will also be invited to plant a tree as a symbol of new growth in this devastated landscape. The event will be very enjoyable and upbeat, with a barbeque and a local sports match.
 

After the community event, The Prince will visit an Educational Centre, which was utterly destroyed. Under the inspirational direction of its owners, the centre is being re-built even better than before, incorporating strong ecological principles.

 



During the course of the day, therefore, Prince William will have spent time hearing first-hand about the fires. He will have a chance to see what arrangements are in place now to help those whose lives were dramatically affected – and then he will have a chance to glimpse the future that is being planned by inspirational Victorians to rebuild their lives. 

On his return to Melbourne, Prince William will call on the Governor of Victoria at Government House, Prof. David de Kretser. He will then attend Victoria’s Australia Day reception, hosted by the Governor and accompanied by the Premier of Victoria, John Brumby. Prince William will make a speech.

He will then have a chance to meet a number of Victorians, before planting a tree near those planted by many other Members of the Royal Family, including his parents.





....return to flying training...






 Following the reception, Prince William will spend a short, private evening in Melbourne before boarding a scheduled flight back to London. 

The Prince begins the new component of his flying training – the Search and Rescue conversion course – at RAF Valley on the Monday immediately following his return. He is using a week out of his entitled annual leave for the visit to New Zealand and Australia, so as not to impact on his flying training. 

Prince William is really looking forward to this. It is going to be a high point for him over the next year. He came away from New Zealand in 2005 incredibly fond of the country and longing to get back there.

 
Read more...
 
Prince William in Australia Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 02 November 2009
Prince William will tour bushfire-ravaged parts of Victoria as part of a three-day royal tour to Melbourne and Sydney this summer, reports Michael Harvey in the Herald Sun (2/11).

Announcing that the Prince would be in Australia from 19 to 21 January, the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said “The visit originated from a request to the Government of Australia by Prince William to visit the country so as to begin to get to know Australia and its people.”

“During his visit, Prince William will focus on his core interests of supporting servicemen and women, helping young people fulfil their potential, and sustainable development in the light of climate change.

"The Prince will also use the visit to learn more about local Indigenous issues and visit the bushfire-ravaged countryside in Victoria.”


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Mr. Harvey noted this  will be the Prince’s second visit to our shores - he came here as a one-year-old in 1983 with his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Prince William will travel to Australia from New Zealand, where he is due to officially open the new Supreme Court in New Zealand.

“Prince William will have the opportunity to meet a cross-section of Australians involved in a variety of projects of interest in both Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Rudd said.

“His Royal Highness will travel to Australia from New Zealand and then return to the United Kingdom."

“Further details of the visit will be released closer to the time.”

 
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