Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have kicked off
their first day in Sydney with a barge ride on the harbour
ahead of a morning tea with Australian Defence Force
personnel and their families.
The pair soaked up the sight of the sunny city as they
travelled to Garden Island in a wooden ceremonial boat, the
Camilla looked fresh in a knee-length cream dress, cream hat,
sunglasses, tan shoes and pearls while Charles wore a navy
blue suit paired with a light blue shirt and a striped blue
and white tie.
They shook hands and chatted with defence families during an
informal meet and greet outside the Naval Heritage Centre.
The Royal guests will have morning tea with 140 navy, army
and air force personnel who have returned from operations in
areas such as PNG and Afghanistan.
"We are delighted to open our doors to the Prince of Wales
and Duchess of Cornwall," said commander Todd Wilson.
"It's an opportunity for some of our service personnel to
enjoy a moment of recognition for work that often takes them
away from family for months at a time."
Yesterday, Prince Charles spent some quality farmer-to-farmer
time with a Tasmanian family at their sheep stud near Hobart.
He chatted with sheep farmer Brent Thornbury inspecting a
flock at the Leenavale stud at Sorell, before heading to the
shearing sheds to demonstrate his prowess in throwing a
The prince stood in a pen and asked the assembled media to
move so the sheep wouldn't get scared, and he didn't flinch
as sheepdog Zip bounded on and off their backs.
Charles made the visit in his role as patron of the Campaign
For Wool, an initiative aimed at boosting wool prices among
the British Commonwealth's producers.
Mr Thornbury, a fourth-generation woolgrower on the property,
said the prince's knowledge was impressive.
"He was very laid back and interested in what we do," he