Shine your shoes and roll out the red carpet, public servants — the royals are coming.
The Prime Minister (and committed republican) Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced he’s “delighted” to welcome Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to the country in November. Which is probably more than can be said for the bureaucrats now charged with arranging the complex logistics of a 12-day Australasian tour.
According to Clarence House, residence of the would-be king (pictured) and his later-life bride, the couple will visit Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth (after a New Zealand stopover). And they’ll venture bush, to the ANZAC memorial in Albany, Western Australia and the small South Australian township of Tanunda. Local officials will be furiously finding appropriate schools, hospitals, war memorials and the like to showcase.
The tour will “reflect the themes of community, culture and conservation”, Clarence House says:
“For instance, The Prince and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet people in urban and rural areas across both countries and to learn how communities support one another.”
That gives something for organisers to work with.
And a special treat for Charles on his 15th trip to Australia — a birthday barbecue with locals on Cottesloe beach. A chance to feel some sand between the royal toes …