6 Feb 2012

Charles and Camilla to visit NZ

3:00 pm on 6 February 2012

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that Britain's Prince Charles will visit New Zealand later this year.

The heir to the throne and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will make the trip in November as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations marking 60 years since her accession to the throne.


New Zealand's Defence Force fired a 21-gun salute at Point Jerningham at Wellington's Evans Bay at 11am on Monday to mark the anniversary.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh intend to travel as widely as possible across the United Kingdom this year.

Other members of the Royal Family will visit the 15 other countries where Elizabeth II is head of state, as well as some other Commonwealth countries, the BBC reports.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit also Australia, Canada and Papua New Guinea.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Prince Harry will tour Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.