Australia is the Commonwealth Realm in focus for the Royal Family in 2018. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were there earlier this month to open and attend the Commonwealth Games, as was the Earl of Wessex, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be in Australia later this year for the Invictus Games. To mark the visits, we are taking a look at the Prince and Princess of Wales’ 1983 Tour of Australia, which finished on this day in 1983.
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived with Prince William at Alice Springs Airport on March 20th, at the start of the Tour of Australia. The following day, the couple visited a school, and the famous Uluru Rock near Alice Springs.
On March 24th, the Prince and Princess were welcomed by Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and his wife in Canberra. That evening, the couple attended a State Dinner at Government House, for which the Princess wore the Spencer Tiara and her Saudi Sapphire Suite.
On March 25th, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited the War Memorial in Canberra and the victims of bushfires in Cockatoo.
On March 28th, the Prince and Princess visited the Sydney Opera House and attended a Charity Ball in the evening, for which the Princess wore her Collingwood Pearl Earrings and the Queen’s King Faisal Diamond Necklace.
On March 29th, the Prince and Princess of Wales attended an event in Maitland.
The following day, they arrived in Tasmania, where the couple went on a walkabout. In the evening, the Prince and Princess (in the Spencer Tiara, her Collingwood Pearl Earrings, and Prince of Wales Feathers Pendant) attended a State Reception in Hobart.
On April 3rd, the Princess watched the Prince play Polo at Warwick Farm and in the following days, the couple visited the cities of Renmark, Perth, and Bunbury.
On April 12th, the Prince and Princess visited the Yandina Ginger Factory in Queensland, and the Princess received a kiss on the hand from an admirer during a walkabout in Melbourne two days later. In the evening, the couple shared a joke with comedian Paul Hogan after a Gala Concert, for which the Princess wore her Collingwood Pearl Earrings.
On April 15th, the Prince and Princess rode on a stagecoach through Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, and attended a Gala Dinner at the Melbourne Hilton on the final evening of the Tour.
On April 17th, the Prince and Princess were joined by Prince William as they waved goodbye to Australia from Melbourne Airport on April 17th, on their way to start a Tour of New Zealand.