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Royal itinerary and birthday party attendees announced

Published: 7:33AM Tuesday October 23, 2012 Source: ONE News

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have announced their itinerary for their visit to New Zealand in November.

Clarence House says that "service to the community", which is the central theme of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, will be the focus of their visit here.

"During the course of a busy schedule, the Royal couple hope to spend some private time together experiencing the sights that make New Zealand one of the world's most popular tourist destinations," said the Prince's representatives.

They will visit four centres around the country during their week-long stay - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Manawatu.

Tour highlights include:

Auckland:
- Attending an Armistice Day Commemoration at Auckland War Memorial Museum and meeting veterans
- Meeting New Zealand Olympic athletes
- A visit to Britomart
- A Diamond Jubilee Trust dinner at SkyCity
- Prince Charles making a crossing of the Auckland Harbour on a Sealegs amphibious vehicle.

Wellington:
- Prince Charles and Camilla will attend the official opening of the Diamond Jubilee Visitor Centre at Government House
- Meet members of the waka crew who participated in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
- Visit Weta Workshop
- Attend the Prince's birthday celebration at Government House on November 14.

Manawatu:
- The Royal couple will join in a community celebration event in Feilding, including attending the Farmers' Market
- Meet with volunteers
- Visit a local farm
- View specially designed Diamond Jubilee Post Boxes made by local children.

Christchurch:
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 Prince Charles and Camilla will meet with local residents, shopkeepers, student volunteers, buskers, market stallholders and local dance groups
- Attend the 150th Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show.

The trip will be the Duchess of Cornwall's first visit to New Zealand.

They will arrive in New Zealand on November 10.

Birthday party attendees

The 64 New Zealanders who will celebrate their birthday with the Prince of Wales on November 14 have been announced.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting New Zealand next month as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

To help celebrate the occasion, adult New Zealanders whose birthdays fell on November 14 were asked to apply for an invitation to a birthday party at Government House in Wellington.

The sixty-four attendees were selected from more than 1500 applications.

Applicants are coming from all over the country - and one, Leondard Cheah, is coming from San Diego in the United States.

Those who applied for an invitation before the cut-off point are to receive a birthday card from Prince Charles and the Governor-General.

Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and the Prime Minister's wife Bronagh Key also celebrate their birthdays on November 14.

The Governor General said he was heartened by the response.

"The birthday party has really captured the public imagination and shows the genuine interest New Zealanders hold in the forthcoming Royal visit," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting those selected and enjoying a great Kiwi-themed birthday party with Their Royal Highnesses."

View the full list of attendees here.

Official Prince of Wales website: princeofwales.gov.uk

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