Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Picture: AFP
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Picture: AFP

Charles, Camilla to attend Comm Games

CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, will join her husband Prince Charles in Australia for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

It comes after there was uncertainty as to whether Camilla would join her husband, the Prince of Wales, after she was left off the initial press release last year. It was reported in British media at the time that the Duchess has a fear of flying.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is also due to give birth to her third child with Prince William that month, meaning Charles and Camilla could potentially miss the special moment.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Charles, Prince of Wales are driven around Sir John Guise Stadium after a cultural event in Port Moresby. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Charles, Prince of Wales are driven around Sir John Guise Stadium after a cultural event in Port Moresby. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The future King and his wife are set to represent The Queen at the opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Queensland, and will visit Brisbane and the Gold Coast from April 4-6, before Camilla heads back to the UK.

Prince Charles, who is first in line for the throne, will continue his tour of Australia to Queensland and the Northern Territory until April 10.

It is Charles' 16th visit down under and Camilla's third.

The Prince is taking on a higher profile following the retirement of his father, 96-year-old Prince Philip, and the slight easing back of duties by his mother, the 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth.

Buckingham Palace released a statement in July confirming Prince Charles would represent his mother at the opening of the Games.

Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi.
Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi.

Clarence House, which manages Prince Charles' and Camilla's media, at the time declined to elaborate on why there was no mention of Camilla, but said further details on the tour would be coming shortly.

They would not comment on whether Camilla might still join her husband on the tour.

Palace courtiers are discreetly lobbying Commonwealth officials to ensure Prince Charles becomes Head of the Commonwealth.


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