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Old 11-05-2012, 05:05 AM
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Thank you very much for sharing this live blog with us, Dan!
I'm waiting forward to more entries and pictures.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:27 AM
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Great blog, Dan. Thank you for posting the link - I really had the feeling I was right there with Charles and Camilla.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:04 AM
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Camilla cuddles a baby kangaroo as she gets a taste of life in the Australian outback on Diamond Jubilee tour | Mail Online

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:31 AM
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It's just past half twelve in the morning here in Melbourne, so I'd pressume the couple would now be asleep (or at least trying to sleep) at Government House.

Here is the official website of the Governor of Victoria (including the history of Government House) for anyone who's interested.

http://governor.vic.gov.au/
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:02 AM
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Camilla looks so young in this photo! http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/C...YrC5ZxjiTl.jpg

The Melbourne Herald Sun had a few nice articles:

Cookies must be enabled | Herald Sun has a lot of detail about the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) and things beyod the "barbie" in Longreach. The royal couple did more than eat and run.

Cookies must be enabled | Herald Sun is an account of the touchdown in Melbourne. The artilcle says the couple is now traveling in a private jet. If so, it will be interesting to see if the press pick up on the "Carbon Footprint of the Prince" for this trip. I could not tell from the photos if the plane was the same Ausie Air Force taken to PNG and definitely as far as Longreach.

theage.com.au had video coverage from Longreach: Prince Charles arrives in Australia

Anyway - I hope the Prince sleeps well tonight and gets over the jet lag
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:10 PM
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Here's the article re their arrival in Melbourne late last night.

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The artilcle says the couple is now traveling in a private jet.
Other sources are stating that the royal couple boarded an RAAF jet to fly to Melbourne. Given this is an official visit, it's more likely to have been the same plane that flew them to Papua New Guinea and then onto Australia. They are afterall being accompanied by members of staff and a travelling media contingent so the use of a smaller jet would not be plausible.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:35 PM
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The Three Different Constitutional Monarchies on Prince Charles's Itinerary

http://www.royalhistorian.com/compar...d-new-zealand/
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:53 PM
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I looked it up and it was indeed the Japan/Brunei/Indonesia tour that camilla pulled out of the royal tour cancelling the remainder of her engagements because the weather was too hot for her. We had a lively discussion about it in the thread dedicated to that tour. Here are 2 articles on it www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1071869/Camilla-cut-short-royal-tour-Asia-Prince-Charles-complaining-hot.html

www.topix.com/forum/world/indonesia/TVDLBLD7PT202E8QN

So let's hope she can soldier on this time.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:57 PM
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Also (and please correct me if I'm wrong on this), one of the best modes of transportation in Australia is flying. Its a huge continent and a place where some locations are so remote that people use small private planes the way that most of us elsewhere drive a car. Its the reason that the Outback and areas have their own flying doctors.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:29 PM
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I hope they have a great time and a successful trip on behalf on The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:31 PM
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Some people just can't deal with really hot temperatures. Goodness knows living in the UK we don't exactly grow up with with that kind of climate. Having to face 40C weather while being on public display and fulfilling a packed itinerary can't be all that pleasant.

My parents' next-door neighbours are a couple in their 70s. As soon as the temperature hits 20C in the summer they start complaining about the dreadful heat. Then it cools down and rains and they complain about the awful weather.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:07 PM
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For the rest of the trip she should be fine as the temperatures are expected to be only in the 20s for the rest of the week in southern Australia and NZ will probably be a bit similar to us - mid-20s.

I have been watching some of the scenes etc from Longreach and she looked fabulous and the people interviewed who met them are saying how friendly they were and a couple of young girls said how they liked Camilla's dress as well. Seems as if they had a successful trip to Longreach.

Today they will be at the races in Melbourne - with Camilla presenting the major trophy of the day - The Melbourne Cup itself and Charles to present the trophy for the next race - which is named in honour of the Queen's Jubilee.
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I had to smile at the Prince's reference to having his jar of marmite confiscated on arrival in Australia. It's good to know Australian Quarrantine Services apply their rules to everyone. My mother once got hauled over the coals because she didn't declare a half eaten bar of chocolate that she forgot she had in her pocket - even though you can bring chocolate into the country.

I'm not sure that Marmite contains anything that is a threat to Australian agriculture. I know my parents have previously brought me jars and never had them confiscated even though they always declared them - especially after the chocolate smuggling incident.

At least the Prince can get a replacement in the supermarket as Coles at least now stocks Marmite in its UK products section although under a different name.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:37 PM
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What did you Australians do to deserve the imposition of that cruel and unusual punishment that is Marmite?

Not even their cute tribute to HM's Diamond Jubilee could convince me to go near the stuff.
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Acquired taste....
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Have you tasted vegemite? Whatever cruel and unusual punishement Marmite is, Vegemite (IMO) is a thousand times worse.
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Also (and please correct me if I'm wrong on this), one of the best modes of transportation in Australia is flying. Its a huge continent and a place where some locations are so remote that people use small private planes the way that most of us elsewhere drive a car. Its the reason that the Outback and areas have their own flying doctors.
Correct, Osipi.


Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall tour a big yawn
Susie O'Brien was evidently out of ideas for print with a deadline fast approaching. An attempt to hopefully tap into the mood of social uninterest in regards to the tour.

And if it's Hollywood glamour she's after, then she should direct her focus elsewhere!

This article certainly induces a 'big yawn'!
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I love this tour!

PoW's "few sausages short of a barbie" has confirmed my love of this man! He is funny and self-deprecating and a joy!

I think Camilla is looking great and as I am only a few years behind her, I am investigating the Indian get-away.

I can remember v clearly my only visit to Australia. The queue for immigration was huge (causing mega delay for connecting flights); one person detained for not declaring an apple and being amazed that there was no problem in missing my connecting flight because they are so regular that its like catching a train. But the country I explored, including the GBReef and the Glass House mountains and the rain forests (except the leeches - yeeuukkk) were amazing and still live strongly in my memory.

It was a long time ago (1980) and I will be back! (cue music)
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Australia's immigration and customs processes at our airports are particularly stringent.

The Prince of Wales has just arrived at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to attend an engagement celebrating harmony in cricket.
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I know Madame Royale and its a good thing. The same rules are applied very strictly when entering Northern Ireland. But on a personal level it was a first! but it was the efficiency of the airline service that amazed me - just get ont he next flight (Sydney to Brisbane) within 30 minutes. We sometimes struggle to that with a bus service!
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