Royals missing Dunedin

Britain's Prince Charles (L) and the Duchess of Cornwall greet well-wishers at Windsor Castle...
Britain's Prince Charles (L) and the Duchess of Cornwall greet well-wishers at Windsor Castle after their wedding at Windsor in southern England, April 9, 2005. Photo by Reuters.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are headed down under, but not down south.

Christchurch is as far south as the Prince of Wales and the duchess will venture on their six-day visit to New Zealand in November to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

In Christchurch, the couple will look at the earthquake recovery effort and attend the A and P show before flying out on November 16.

The couple will visit Auckland, Wellington and Feilding, where they will attend an event with farmers, and the Prince of Wales, who is the Air Commodore-in-Chief, will make an informal visit to Ohakea to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Prime Minister John Key announced the first details of the visit yesterday.

During their visit, the couple would focus on New Zealand excellence and innovation in sport, agriculture and business.

Prince Charles would also introduce his wife to New Zealanders as she was on her first visit to New Zealand, Mr Key said.

The prince last visited New Zealand in 2005 when, in addition to North Island main centres, he visited Dunedin and Otago.

There was some disappointment in Dunedin yesterday the couple would not be travelling south this time.

The dean of St Paul's Cathedral, the Very Rev Dr Trevor James, and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull had invited the couple to visit Dunedin for an ecumenical service followed by a civic reception.

Mr Cull said it was a shame they would not make it to the country's other major city during the diamond jubilee.

David More, the chairman of the Montecillo Trust, which wrote inviting the couple to visit the veterans' rest-home and hospital, said the residents would be disappointed they were not coming because of Montecillo's long association with visiting royalty.

A spokeswoman from Government House said more than 300 invitations and proposals were received.

She said Canterbury and Christchurch had missed out on the prince's last visit.

The couple planned to spend some private time together visiting a few of the country's tourist attractions, but those details would not be released publicly.


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