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King Charles and Queen Camilla are set to visit Australia in 2024.
It will be Charles’ first visit to Australia as monarch, with Queen Camilla expected to accompany him late next year.
The visit will mark the royal couple’s first trip to Australia since 2018 and will likely coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa.
The CHOGM 2024 is expected to commence on October 21 and is held every two years.
The meeting of 56 developed and developing nations is a week-long event that includes nations such as Australia, India, Malaysia, Canada and New Zealand.
King Charles and Queen Camilla set to visit Australia in 2024 for their first visit since 2018
‘King Charles is planning to visit Australia and New Zealand in October,’ a diplomatic source told the Sydney Morning Herald.
However, the source was unable to confirm whether the royal visit would take place before or after the event.
A source within the Albanese government explained Buckingham Palace has not yet formally confirmed the King and Queen’s Australian visit.
‘It would be next October, it’s very possible it will happen. It would be around the time of CHOGM that he would come, either before or after, that would make sense,’ the source said.
There is ample time for the royal couple to travel visit Australia around the CHOGM with the 2024 parliamentary sitting schedule having week-long breaks on either side of the meeting.
Queen Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles told reporters last week that his mother and the King were due for a visit to Australia.
‘He’s coming next year, I think,’ Mr Bowles told Nine-Fairfax papers.
However, when pressed for more information he claimed he ‘really didn’t know’ any details on the prospective visit or its itinerary.
‘There’s always a royal tour somewhere. I always assumed that Australia was a very important place to visit,’ Mr Bowles said.
Charles’ tour to Australia will also be the first test of his popularity as King among everyday Aussies.
In the weeks after Queen Elizabeth’s death, a survey was conducted to gauge support for Australia becoming a republic.
The Resolve Political Monitor Survey found 54 per cent of Australians voted ‘no’ to the country becoming a republic, while 46 per cent voted ‘yes’.
The visit will be Charles’ first since 2018, when he opened the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
He was accompanied by Camilla who was the Duchess of Cornwall at the time of the visit.
A source within the Albanese government explained Buckingham Palace has not yet formally confirmed the King and Queen’s Australian visit
The visit will be Charles’ first since 2018, when he opened the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. During the visit, he was accompanied by Camilla who was the Duchess of Cornwall at the time
King Charles has visited Australia a total of 16 times – 15 of which were representing or accompanying his mother the late Queen Elizabeth II.
King Charles first visited Australia in 1996 as a 17-year-old student after finishing two terms at Geelong Grammar’s Timbertop Campus.
A year later he travelled to Australia to represent the Queen at Prime Minister Harold Holt’s funeral.
Charles along with his former wife Diana the Princess of Wales spent 40 days on an Australian and New Zealand tour in 1983, with their son Prince William.
King Charles III was officially proclaimed as Australia’s new sovereign on September 11, 2022, just three days after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
He automatically took his late mother’s place after the much-loved monarch died ‘peacefully’ at her castle at Balmoral at age 96 on September 8, 2022.
The Queen’s eldest son was proclaimed King following a meeting of the Ascension Council at St James’s Palace in London.
Charles along with his former wife Diana the Princess of Wales spent 40 days on an Australian and New Zealand tour in 1983 along with their infant son Prince William
The same proclamation was also made in Australia at Parliament House by the monarch’s representative here, the governor-general.
Next year marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment in 1823 of NSW Legislative Council.
NSW is keen to host a royal visit to commemorate the anniversary and to have King Charles visit the opening of a square named after Queen Elizabeth following her death in 2022.
There is speculation within Australian racing circles that Charles could potentially attend the King Charles III Stakes at Royal Randwick on October 12 or the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 5.