Youngsters steal show at Royal visit

TWO Gold Coast youngsters have stolen the show at the Royal visit to Broadbeach this afternoon with Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall holding a meet and greet with a crowd of excited royal watchers.

Gold Coasters Patrick, 8, and Annie, 10, Riley made the Royal couple Anzac biscuits and presented them with a bunch of flowers.

Annie said she planned to tell the Royals "thanks for coming to the Gold Coast".

The pair, wearing their best clothes and watched by their beaming mum, dad and baby sister, were invited to meet Charles and Camilla, who shook their hands and spoke with them.

Prince Charles with Mayor Tom Tate and his wife Ruth Tate.
Prince Charles with Mayor Tom Tate and his wife Ruth Tate.

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The royal couple were presented with the Final Marker in a new Commonwealth Walkway on the beachfront on the Gold Coast on this afternoon.

The visit was almost cancelled when torrential rain dumped down an hour before their Royal Highnesses were due to unveil a plaque on the Commonwealth Walkway, in front of Kurrawa Surf Club on the foreshore in Broadbeach, just after 2pm.

Gold Coasters Patrick, 8, and Annie, 10, Riley made the Royal couple Anzac biscuits and presented Prince Charles and Camilla with a bunch of flowers. Pic: Kathleen Skene
Gold Coasters Patrick, 8, and Annie, 10, Riley made the Royal couple Anzac biscuits and presented Prince Charles and Camilla with a bunch of flowers. Pic: Kathleen Skene

Excited locals assembling in Kurrawa Park for the visit were sent scampering for cover before the downpour stopped as suddenly as it started about 1.10pm.

The couple was joined by VIPs, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate​, ​his wife Ruth Tate and State Labor member for Nerang Meaghan Scanlon.

Prince Charles and Camilla talk to nippers at Kurrawa. Photo: Suzanne Simonot.
Prince Charles and Camilla talk to nippers at Kurrawa. Photo: Suzanne Simonot.

Royal protocol stipulates women should ​curtsy to the Royal couple when greeting them ..., however Ms Scanlon said she planned to bow her head instead.

The Commonwealth Walkway, which stretches 10km from Southport Chamber to the city's new Home of the Arts precinct and council chambers at Evandale, is the first Commonwealth Walkway to open in Australia.

Prince Charles and Camilla at Broadbeach. Photo: Sally Coates
Prince Charles and Camilla at Broadbeach. Photo: Sally Coates

More than 100 walkways are planned across Commonwealth countries with only six completed - in Malta, Canada, New Zealand, Ascension, Scotland and now Australia.

The walkway was created in partnership with The Outdoor Trust, an organisation that delivered similar walkway projects across the world.

The walks are based on the Queen's Walkway in Windsor, opened in 2016, to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's reign.

The Royal Highnesses met members of Sport2Clean. and walked down to the waters edge to watch a display by local surf lifesavers and nippers before a meet and greet with members and supports from the Wales Games team.

"Have you had to resuscitate anyone," the Prince asked one nipper.

"Not yet," she replied.

Prince Charles and Camilla at Broadbeach. Photo: Sally Coates
Prince Charles and Camilla at Broadbeach. Photo: Sally Coates

A Non-profit organisation, Sport2Clean uses sport and sports events to promote the conservation and sustainable use of oceans.

Students from Robina State High planned to tell His Royal Highness about their work to stop plastic pollution on our beaches and in the oceans.

Jacob, 14, and Marcus, 12, McCarthy said they hoped the Prince would support an expansion of their Sport2Clean environmental organisation to England.

"I'm a bit nervous," Marcus said before meeting the royals.

"We have to call him His Royal Highness or Sir."

Lifesavers from Miami gave a demonstration on CPR and surf skis.

Lifesaver Havana Harris, 11, was looking forward to meeting the Prince, although it might look "a bit dodgy" if he tries out a surf ski.

Prince Charles and Camilla meet Gaven MP Meghan Scanlon. Photo: Kathleen Skene
Prince Charles and Camilla meet Gaven MP Meghan Scanlon. Photo: Kathleen Skene

"Prince Charles is coming and we're going to do a demonstration for him," she said.

A small but excited crowd of people turned out too see the royals in person, as they greeted nippers and watched a surf lifesaving display that included the rescue helicopter and jet skis.

The Royal Highnesses are also scheduled to chat to some of the athletes and officials representing Wales at the Games in Broadbeach this afternoon.

Prince Charles is the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held the title since 1958. While his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, is entitled to the title Princess of Wales, she does not use the title.

The Commonwealth Walkway takes in sights including Captain James Cook Memorial, ANZAC Park, Surfers Paradise Foreshore, Chevron Island Bridge and St Margaret's Chapel.

Each marker on the walkway includes a piece of history about the city, or marks a place of interest. Inside the passport is a question about each location.

More than 100 walkways are planned across Commonwealth countries with only six completed - Malta, Canada, New Zealand, Ascension, Scotland and now Australia.

The walkway was created in partnership with The Outdoor Trust, an organisation that delivered similar walkway projects across the world.

The walks are based on the Queen's Walkway in Windsor, opened in 2016, to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's reign.

The Royal Highnesses Broadbeach visit comes as Buckingham Palace confirmed Prince Charles' father, 96-year-old Prince Philip, is recovering from a full hip replacement operation.

The husband of Queen Elizabeth underwent surgery earlier today in King Edward VII Hospital in central London.



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