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Old 02-27-2005, 08:46 AM
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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles 6: Feb - April 2005

Welcome to Part 3 of News and Pictures for Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The previous thread can be found here: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles 5: Nov 2004 - Feb 2005
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DOn't know if this has been posted yet, but I believe it is quite credible.

Queen 'thinks Charles has put gratification before duty'
By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter
(Filed: 27/02/2005)

The Queen has "distanced" herself from the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Camilla Parker Bowles because she believes that her son is putting personal gratification before duty, royal courtiers have disclosed.

The courtiers also say privately that the Queen is "lukewarm" about the marriage and is worried that it could tarnish the monarchy.

The Queen believes Charles has put his own interests before duty Buckingham Palace announced last Tuesday that neither the Queen nor Prince Philip would be attending the civil marriage ceremony at Windsor Guildhall on April 8 because they wanted to keep the occasion "low key".

The announcement, however, was widely interpreted as a snub even though the Palace said that the Queen and other members of the Royal Family would attend the service of dedication afterwards at St George's Chapel. The Queen is also giving a wedding reception at Windsor Castle.

The courtiers said yesterday that Prince Charles's private office had been outmanoeuvred by Buckingham Palace and that Sir Robin Janvrin, the Queen's private secretary, had tried to protect her from becoming involved in a "town hall marriage" which demeaned her own status. One said: "Robin is very clever. As soon as he sensed controversy, he did what he always does and wrapped the Queen in cotton wool to make sure that she didn't get damaged by events.

The courtier said that Sir Robin's intervention was symptomatic of the Queen's long-standing concern over Charles's relationship with Camilla.

"The problems of the past week go back many years. The Queen believes that the Prince of Wales has put his own gratification and interests before duty by pursuing his relationship with Camilla, and she can never forgive that."

The courtier added that Clarence House had failed to capitalise on the largely favourable reaction to the initial wedding announcement 17 days ago. "They got off to a good start, but instead of working on it, they put their feet up and relaxed."

Some critics blame Sir Michael Peat, the Prince's private secretary and formerly the Queen's treasurer, for the growing chaos over the marriage plans, but officials at Clarence House say that this is "grossly unfair". Sir Michael, a fourth-generation accountant, is trusted and respected by both the Queen and Prince Charles.

Behind-the-scenes discussions over the wedding began at Christmas when the Prince of Wales decided he wanted his "non-negotiable" relationship with Mrs Parker Bowles to turn into marriage. The Prince of Wales sought - and received - permission from the Queen to marry Mrs Parker Bowles, as he must do by law. Later Tony Blair and Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, were consulted and both gave their approval to the marriage.
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Old 02-27-2005, 11:42 PM
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is anyone plaining to watch prince charles and camilla's wedding? i cant do it because i think of how prince charles was unfaithfull to diana.
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I think we can watch it.We can see how beautiful Camilla on that day! lol
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But i'm sure that there will be lots photos of this event.Last year was the year of Frederik ana Mary, Felipe and Letizia.This year will be the year of Charles and Camilla.
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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Britain's Prince Charles (L) is escorted by Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar (R) upon his arrival at Sri Lanka's only international airport near Colombo, 28 February 2005, for a brief stop over for a first-hand look at the destruction caused by the 26 December 2004 tsunamis. Prince Charles is to head off to Australia after travelling to the eastern coastal district of Batticaloa. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Britain's Prince Charles (R) walks with Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Colombo, 28 February 2005 prior to his departure from the Indian Ocean island. Prince Charles stopped over in Sri Lanka on a brief visit to inspect tsunami damages on his way to Australia. AFP PHOTO/POOL (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Polfoto 28-02-2005 Britain's Prince Charles is given blessings at tsunami damaged Thiruchandoor Murugan Hindu temple in Navalady, Sri Lanka, Monday Feb 28, 2005. The prince arrived in Sri Lanka early on Monday and visited various tsunami-affected areas in the eastern coast in a military helicopter. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, POOL)
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Will be a great joke for some and a great insult to others seeing the "other" women finally become "legal". I feel sorry for William and Harry.
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Old 02-28-2005, 02:33 PM
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moi, aussi
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Prince Charles has touched down in Perth for his first Australian visit in 11 years.

The heir to the throne arrived by chartered jet at Perth International Airport at 10.22pm (WST) and was greeted by West Australian Governor Lieutenant General John Sanderson and Senator Ian Campbell representing Prime Minister John Howard.

An impressive contingent of police and state security officers were assembled ahead of his arrival.

The tour will reportedly cost taxpayers $1 million.

Also on hand to greet the royal was a large number of local and international media, some of whom accompanied him on the flight from Sri Lanka where he visited tsunami devastated areas.

But there were only a couple of royal watchers at Perth's airport to greet him.

Hope Livesey, 24, from the southern Perth suburb of Coolbellup said she was excited by Prince Charles' recent engagement to long-time companion Camilla Parker Bowles.

"I came down here to watch the Queen come, I went to Government House to see Princess Anne and I actually got to meet her, so I am a bit of a royal watcher," she said.

"I'll be in London in May, I'm spewing I'll miss the wedding.

"I think he is interesting, he's got cute boys," referring to Prince Charles' sons William and Harry.

Prince Charles was on the tarmac for about five minutes before being whisked away in a motorcade to Government House.

The prince will spend a little over 36 hours in Perth before travelling to Alice Springs, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra over the next five days.

Prince Charles will then fly on to New Zealand and Fiji before returning to the UK ahead of his April 8 marriage to Mrs Parker Bowles.
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I think we can watch it.We can see how beautiful Camilla on that day! lol
I agree with you!

I think Camilla looks more unbeautiful! but Diana was mostly more glamorous Princess than Camilla because Diana had more styles as glamorous Princess than Camilla.

but i hardly confuse Camilla would more beautiful as Duchess of Cornwall like late Diana,Princess of Wales but Diana still more powerful Princess of Wales.

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DOn't know if this has been posted yet, but I believe it is quite credible.

Queen 'thinks Charles has put gratification before duty'
By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter
(Filed: 27/02/2005)

The Queen has "distanced" herself from the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Camilla Parker Bowles because she believes that her son is putting personal gratification before duty, royal courtiers have disclosed.

The courtiers also say privately that the Queen is "lukewarm" about the marriage and is worried that it could tarnish the monarchy.

The Queen believes Charles has put his own interests before duty Buckingham Palace announced last Tuesday that neither the Queen nor Prince Philip would be attending the civil marriage ceremony at Windsor Guildhall on April 8 because they wanted to keep the occasion "low key".

The announcement, however, was widely interpreted as a snub even though the Palace said that the Queen and other members of the Royal Family would attend the service of dedication afterwards at St George's Chapel. The Queen is also giving a wedding reception at Windsor Castle.

The courtiers said yesterday that Prince Charles's private office had been outmanoeuvred by Buckingham Palace and that Sir Robin Janvrin, the Queen's private secretary, had tried to protect her from becoming involved in a "town hall marriage" which demeaned her own status. One said: "Robin is very clever. As soon as he sensed controversy, he did what he always does and wrapped the Queen in cotton wool to make sure that she didn't get damaged by events.

The courtier said that Sir Robin's intervention was symptomatic of the Queen's long-standing concern over Charles's relationship with Camilla.

"The problems of the past week go back many years. The Queen believes that the Prince of Wales has put his own gratification and interests before duty by pursuing his relationship with Camilla, and she can never forgive that."

The courtier added that Clarence House had failed to capitalise on the largely favourable reaction to the initial wedding announcement 17 days ago. "They got off to a good start, but instead of working on it, they put their feet up and relaxed."

Some critics blame Sir Michael Peat, the Prince's private secretary and formerly the Queen's treasurer, for the growing chaos over the marriage plans, but officials at Clarence House say that this is "grossly unfair". Sir Michael, a fourth-generation accountant, is trusted and respected by both the Queen and Prince Charles.

Behind-the-scenes discussions over the wedding began at Christmas when the Prince of Wales decided he wanted his "non-negotiable" relationship with Mrs Parker Bowles to turn into marriage. The Prince of Wales sought - and received - permission from the Queen to marry Mrs Parker Bowles, as he must do by law. Later Tony Blair and Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, were consulted and both gave their approval to the marriage.
I have agree the articles!

im sure Prince Charles and Camilla still as divorcees! and both newly engagement couples for more over 30 years as companion and mistress since Prince and Princess Diana's marriages,separation and Diana's death in 1997

but Prince Charles not loves his former wife the Princess Diana you know why! because Prince Charles still more loves Camilla than Diana but Princess Diana told Charles about not see Camilla for years till collaspe of separation in 1992.

I remind Queen Mother said "Prince Charles not getting married to Camilla without permission of his grandmother" we had more low-profiles since Diana's death in 1997.I would more respect of Queen Mother and Queen 2 if im mistakes or correct!

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Old 03-01-2005, 12:04 PM
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'All my life people have told me what to do. I'm tired of it'

By Francis Elliott


27 February 2005

It is an irony that won't be lost on the Prince of Wales. He told the BBC journalist Gavin Hewitt that his private life had become an "industry" in an off-the-record chat.

Today, Mr Hewitt is the latest to cash in using his hitherto unreported interview to paint an unflattering portrait of the heir's enduring bitterness and self-pity.

In an extract from a forthcoming book serialised in The Mail on Sunday, the BBC journalist records how he was rushed to secret meeting with the Prince in Bulgaria seven years ago.

The private conversation was supposed to provide background for a Panorama programme to coincide with his 50th birthday.

Reluctant at first to talk about his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, the Prince eventually snaps when asked how he would like it defined. "I don't see any reason why I should define my private life," Mr Hewitt recalls the Prince saying.

Challenged that it was a matter of public interest, he is said to have replied: "Even royals are entitled to some privacy." He continued: "All my life people have been telling me what to do. I'm tired of it.

"I thought that the British people were supposed to be compassionate. I don't see much of it. My private life has become an industry. People are making money out of it."

Hewitt says that Prince Charles said he was being "tortured" over his relationship before concluding: "I just want some peace."

The BBC journalist also claims that the Prince mocked the slimmed-down Scandinavian-style monarchy. "Those who advocate it, have they seen it? Most of those countries have a population of two million. We're a population of 60 million."

He said he had no intention of moving out of Buckingham Palace if he became King. "That's what people come to see." Institutions like the State Opening of Parliament were also defended. "It's what makes us uniquely British. It's what people come to Britain for. It's what makes us unique."

Hewitt also records the well-known anger of the Royal Family at the scrapping of the royal yacht Britannia saying that the Prince thought it a dreadful decision. "It's the Treasury. They can't see beyond a balance sheet."

The Prince is said to have noted that at the same time the Spanish were spending £12m on a craft for their royal family.

However, Prince Charles is said to believe that the monarchy could change and hinted that his reign would be less formal."After all, it's defined by the people involved. I'm forever breaking protocol."

Although nearly seven years old, Hewitt's broken confidences were seized upon by critics of the Royal Family as further evidence of the heir's self-pity. They will be unlikely to help the Prince turn round public opinion that has hardened against him in the wake of the series of bungles over his wedding plans.

A poll for yesterday's Daily Telegraph found that just 31 per cent of his putative subjects now want Charles for their king, although 62 per cent approved of his decision to marry Mrs Parker Bowles.

A spokesman for Clarence House said: "We never comment on private conversations that the Prince may or may not have had."
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Old 03-02-2005, 12:38 AM
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The Age

March 2, 2005

It's great to be back: Charles
By Michael Shmith
March 2, 2005

"I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to be back here in Australia." Charles meets the public in Perth yesterday.

ON THE ROYAL TOUR

Compared with his low-key arrival on the tarmac at Perth International Airport the night before, witnessed by 35 assorted media, police and a sniffer dog called Deakin, the Prince of Wales' first full day of his Australian tour was positively crowded and full of that particular bonhomie that proves royalty is in town.

He must have had a good sleep. He arrived at the Royal Perth Hospital, the first stop in a busy one-day schedule, looking rosy-cheeked and neat in a grey suit with an Order of Australia sparkling in his buttonhole. This was later replaced by a yellow flower, signifying St David's Day - HRH would not wish to offend the Welsh, even in Perth.

At the hospital, his principal guide was Professor Fiona Wood, the Australian of the Year and director of the Western Australia Burns Service. She introduced him to staff as well as to survivors of the Bali bombing and the tsunami.

Among those he met was the footballer Phil Britten, the 25-year-old captain of the Kingsley Cats who lost seven of his teammates in Bali. They talked gently in the rehabilitation room - Britten squatting on a large yellow inflatable ball; the Prince leaning over him - of devastation, the loss of tourism, and how Britten has returned to the game: "My first game back, I broke two ribs," he said, at which Professor Wood looked slightly anxious.
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Professor Wood was all in favour of the royal visit. "It's a great morale boost," she said. "He asked about the nuts and bolts of what's happened. He's certainly done his homework."

The Prince spoke briefly at a reception for hospital staff and members of other organisations involved in the Bali and tsunami responses.

"I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to be back here in Australia, particularly Western Australia, if I may say so, and to be in good old Perth," he said. "With so many happy recollections of previous visits to this city, it really hardly feels as if I've been away at all. And yet I fear the 11 years have passed by, and look what's happened to me in the interim." A ripple of laughter and a self-deprecatory shrug from the speaker.

Next stop for the royal convoy was Fremantle's Lobster Australia, where hygienic hairnets were de rigueur, apart from the royal party, who wore matching white laboratory coats and hats. One is not sure what one should ask about lobsters: Salvador Dali made one into a telephone, and Woody Allen was terrified of them in Annie Hall. But the Prince seemed to have an endless supply of questions; even when he was introduced to a bucking 2.5 kilogram western rock lobster, he put it at ease.

He then boarded a launch to take him round to the Fremantle Maritime Museum. As we waited at Corkhill Landing, so, too, were about 150 people - the first real crowd so far. One woman said she had seen all the royals except for Prince Charles. Was this to finalise her collection? "More curiosity," she said. "I want to see him before he gets too old."

The Prince walked among his people, shaking hands. He then walked to the steps of the museum for more meet-and-greet and an impromptu command performance by one James Hagan, monarchist, of God Save the Queen.

Later, Charles visited the University of WA and an urban redevelopment in Subiaco. Last night, it was Welsh choirs and Margaret River wine at a reception at Government House. Today, he's off to Alice Springs, before flying to Melbourne.
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Crays and sheep line up to meet the Prince

PAM CASELLAS

It's not as much fun as you might think, being a royal correspondent. It's not all caviar and corgis. There's an awful lot of plain old hanging around, waiting for the royal presence to be disgorged from the car with the biggest flag and emerge from behind the screen of men in black lumpy suits and earpieces.

Mostly the royal remains a smallish, neat, balding figure in a light grey suit, kept too far away for us to pick up what he says and always surrounded by the MIB who, even in the mellow surrounds of the University of WA where the most threatening object was a crow, have suspicion deep in their hearts.

And then it's over - he's shaken hands, made an appreciative comment or two, smiled the royal smile, and moved on. Inexorably onwards, the poor man, to yet another receiving line, yet another overwrought bystander eager to grasp his hand.

One engagement yesterday was to inspect Lobster Australia's facility at Fremantle, to meet crayfisherman Jim Camarda and his sons Joe and Fedele on their boat - surely the cleanest boat in the fleet and its crew the neatest, best-attired and sensibly hatted fishermen in the port.

As we waited on the jetty, police boats chugging just off-shore (well, you never know) the crays waited their chance to wave their legs at a prince.

Jim Camarda said the Prince was well informed about the industry and its Marine Stewardship Council classification. The WA rock lobster fishery was the first in the world to win MSC classification for its environmental credentials.

All of which is right up the Prince's alley. He got an even closer look, apparently, at the packing process. That wasn't my allotted space so the word of others must suffice.

Royal tours, particularly where space is limited, pool cameramen and reporters to be prince-side. The rest of us hang about outside and hope to be brought up to date with any good stuff later.

At the university, Charles visited the Co-operative Research Centre for Salinity and talked to Tammin farmer Tony York about the success of his saltbush program for salt-affected land. There were even sheep lining up for royal perusal.

He spoke with students and while most of the chat was reported to be of the "are you studying hard" variety, no one minded.

But even the chance to chat with Prince Charles did not alter the view of one student who had previously said she believed Prince William should become king instead of his father.

She might be proved correct if a report in the London Daily Express is right.

Quoting a senior royal courtier, it says Prince Charles will tell Australians that he will never be their king "because of his unpopularity and marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles".

"He privately accepts that the chances of him ever becoming Australia's head of state, with Camilla as princess consort, are limited," the paper says.

Another British tabloid, the Daily Mail, says at least three objections have been lodged against the couple's wedding.

Back in WA, Charles had a look over the SubiCentro development and the demonstration sustainable home in Subiaco.

Asking questions about the home's architecture, he spotted a gun-like thermometer on a table. "What on Earth is that?" he asked, picking it up and taking aim at assembled media. He then noticed someone had thoughtfully stocked the kitchen with the Prince's own Duchy Originals organic biscuits, an enterprise that donates all its profits to charity.
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March 2, 2005

Prince Charles meets a Dragon

A CROWD of 200 people sang God Save The Queen, an irate republican was arrested for shouting abuse and Prince Charles came face to face with 100,000 rock lobsters yesterday.

All occurred within two hours of the prince sweeping into Fremantle with his entourage yesterday on the first day of his Australian tour.

But what on earth was the heir to the British throne doing, wearing a snappy white fishmongers hat, specially imported from England (instead of the standard gauze hairnet) at the headquarters of Lobster Australia.

Your correspondent discovered yesterday that Prince Charles's own food company, Duchy Originals, makes and markets Cornish Mackerel Fish Pate and Thames Herring Kipper and Lemon Pate.

The mackerel are caught on handlines, the herring by drift nets in season.

Both have got the tick from an organisation called the Marine Stewardship Council which promotes environmentally responsible stewardship of the world's fish stocks.

So has Lobster Australia, which has a large share of the $400 million annual live spiny lobster export trade from WA.

When general manager Peter Fraser went to London almost a year ago and attended an MSC dinner, he found the prince defending himself against a report that he was going to call for a ban on fish and chips unless the fish got the OK from the environment friendly body.

Lobster Australia had donated lobster for the dinner, so when Mr Fraser met the prince and invited him to come and look at live lobsters in their tanks next time he was in Australia, little did he think he would be taken up on the offer.

Here yesterday, on the edge of Fremantle Harbour on St David's Day, the Prince of Wales met a monster the Chinese call the Red Dragon.

Weighing about 3kg and fattened after living 20 to 30 years under a reef ledge, Red Dragon lobsters are flown live to tables in China where they can fetch $630 each.

Prince Charles's trip to Fremantle had followed a morning visit to the burns unit at the Royal Perth Hospital where he met Australian of the Year Dr Fiona Wood and patients.

After visiting Lobster Australia, he looked apprehensive as a pilot launch took him around to Fremantle Harbour. There to greet him was a crowd of about 200 who clapped and cheered - plus an old familiar face.

Harbour master Eric Atkinson had been with Prince Charles as a student at Gordonstoun in Scotland in 1962.

The pair walked off along the wharf together, telling old stories, before touring Fremantle's Maritime Museum and inspecting the America's Cup winner Australia II.

Outside the crowd sang God Save The Queen, led by a man with a strong tenor voice.

Two youths carrying effigies of Prince Charles and the Queen, waving with mitted hands, were hustled away by police who also swooped and arrested one man when he started to shout abuse.

Then the prince's motorcade swept off back to Perth, next to examine experimental sheep grazing on saltbush at the University of WA.
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Charles recalls spirit of Aussies

By TIM CLARKE

March 2, 2005

THE Prince of Wales yesterday spoke of his delight at being back in Australia for the first time in 11 years and hinted at the personal upheaval in his life since his last visit.

Following a low-key arrival in Western Australia, Prince Charles yesterday officially began his five-day, five-city tour of Australia.

While he risks being outshone during his visit by Denmark's young royals, Prince Charles proved he could still draw a crowd as dozens of patients, staff and volunteers at Royal Perth hospital gathered for a chance to meet the heir to the throne.

After admitting he had been humbled on hearing the experiences of survivors of the Bali bombing, the prince had an entirely different encounter with a live lobster during a tour of an exporting company in Fremantle.

Addressing about 200 at the hospital, he said he was pleased to be back visiting Australia.

"I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to be back here in Australia, and in particular in Western Australia ... to be in good old Perth," Prince Charles said.

"With so many happy recollections ... of previous visits to this city, it really hardly feels as though as I have been away at all.

"And yet I fear 11 years has passed by -- and look what's happened to me in the interim."

Touring the hospital, Prince Charles was introduced to survivors of the Bali bomb attacks, who were treated by Dr Fiona Wood and her team, along with doctors who worked in tsunami-ravaged areas following the Boxing Day tragedy.

The Prince of Wales, who visited Sri Lanka on the way to Australia, told of his horror at seeing first hand the devastation caused by the tsunami.

"The scale of the disaster was beyond all belief and the suffering of those whose lives have been devastated is truly heart-rending.

"Many, many Australians after Bali, and after the tsunami, led the world in their compassionate and generous response. It has warmed my heart to be reminded of that spirit on arrival in Australia, and to have met some of the unstoppably dedicated people here at the Royal Perth Hospital who have done so much for so many, and who set such a shining example of the best of Australia to the rest of the world."
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The Prince of Wales has spoken of his delight at being back in Australia for the first time in 11 years and hinted at the personal upheaval in his life since his last visit.

Following a low-key arrival in Western Australia on Monday night, Prince Charles yesterday officially began his hectic five-day, five-city tour of Australia with a day in Perth.

While he risks being outshone during his visit by Denmark's young royals, Prince Charles proved he could still draw a crowd as dozens of patients, staff and volunteers at Royal Perth Hospital gathered for a chance to meet the heir to the throne.

After admitting he had been humbled on hearing of the experiences of survivors of the Bali bombing, the Prince had an entirely different encounter with a live lobster during a tour of an exporting company in Fremantle.

After his last tour of Australia in 1994, Prince Charles divorced his wife Diana, Princess of Wales, who then died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. He is now preparing to marry long-time companion Camilla Parker Bowles in April.

Addressing about 200 staff and volunteers at the hospital, he said he was pleased to be back in Australia.

"I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to be back here in Australia, and in particular in Western Australia ... to be in good old Perth," Prince Charles said.

"With so many happy recollections ... of previous visits to this city, it really hardly feels as though as I have been away at all.

"And yet I fear 11 years has passed by - and look what's happened to me in the interim."

Touring the hospital, Prince Charles was shown the new $3 million burns unit being headed by 2005 Australian of the Year, Dr Fiona Wood.

He was introduced to survivors of the Bali bomb attacks, who were treated by Dr Wood and her team, along with WA doctors who worked in tsunami-ravaged areas following the Boxing Day tragedy.

The Prince of Wales, who visited Sri Lanka on the way to Australia, told of his horror at seeing first-hand the devastation caused by the tsunami.

"The scale of the disaster was beyond all belief and the suffering of those whose lives have been devastated is truly heart-rending.

"Many, many Australians after Bali, and after the tsunami, led the world in their compassionate and generous response.

"It has warmed my heart to be reminded of that spirit on arrival in Australia, and to have met some of the unstoppably dedicated people here at the Royal Perth Hospital who have done so much for so many, and who set such a shining example of the best of Australia to the rest of the world."

Following the hospital visit, Charles toured a lobster exporting company in North Fremantle, meeting staff and examining crustaceans.

The visit was arranged to highlight the Prince's support of the London-based Maritime Stewardship Council, formed to promote sustainable fisheries practices.

He spent about 15 minutes viewing the docks and live holding tanks but declined a request to hold a live lobster up to the cameras, saying there was a limit to what he would do.

Prince Charles later visited the WA Maritime Museum and was greeted in Fremantle by a crowd of about 300 people.

Among the onlookers, one man burst into a spontaneous rendition of God Save the Queen, while others offered congratulations on his impending marriage.

"I thought I might as well do something dramatic ... to express the fact huge numbers of Australians like the monarchy," said the singer, James Hagan.

Prince Charles flies to Alice Springs today following a reception at WA's Government House last night.

AAP
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