Prince William in Australia
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.


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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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.



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. 


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.