Prince Charles tours Darwin during last leg of Australian visit


April 10, 2018 11:24:12

Prince Charles will spend the final day of his Australian tour seeing the sites and meeting the people of Darwin.

It followed his first trip to Nhulunbuy yesterday, where the Prince received a warm welcome from traditional owners and Aboriginal elders of north-east Arnhem land.

On Tuesday morning, the Prince of Wales took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph to commemorate Australian servicemen and women.

During the service, he was to meet with Ray and Pam Palmer, the parents of Darwin Commando Scott Palmer.

Private Palmer was serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was killed in a helicopter crash on March 21, 2010.

The Prince was also to meet with the Bond family, who spent 50 years trying to get the body of Vietnam veteran Reg Hillier back to the Northern Territory after he was killed in 1965.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Darwin RSL President Bob Shewring were to escort Prince Charles during the ceremony.

Royal tour of Darwin continues

He will then visit Larrakeyah Defence Precinct and receive an overview of the North-West Mobile Army (NORFORCE) capability of the Australian Army.

Accompanied by NORFORCE Commander Colonel John Papalitsas, the Prince will tour Darwin harbour on a regional patrol craft, view a static display of NORFORCE equipment and systems and meet with families of serving ADF personnel at the Larrakeyah Officers Mess.

Next stop will be the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, which prepares medical and logistics teams for deployment following disasters.

Finally the Prince will meet with a group of Territorians, hosted by the Administrator of the Northern Territory.

He will also join local students to place a time capsule into the stone inner wall of Government House, to be opened in 30 years.

The capsule will include items from the students and a message from The Prince to the people of the Northern Territory.

Lastly, Prince Charles will be joined by Mr Dermot Wait, Senior Horticulturist at Government House to plant a Northern Territory native tree, the Syzygium nervosum on the grounds.

He will then be farewelled from Australia from RAAF Base Darwin.






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