Prince Charles and his wife Camila Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall will get a taste of Autralian food and wine as they celebrate the former’s 67th birthday with a beach-side barbecue in Australia Saturday. The royal couple will feast on sausages and steak along with more than 500 guests. The celebrations will be held in the picturesque pine gardens at the Cottesloe Civic Centre in Perth, Western Australia.
Premier Colin Barnett, who is hosting the public celebration, said that he plans to give the royal couple a taste of the very best West Australian produce. Over 500 guests have been invited to join the barbecue, including local families and emergency service workers such as nurses, paramedics, police and firefighters.
Premier Colin Barnett said he believed the royal couple would be moved by their experience within the centre. The landmark has received more than 78,000 visitors since opening last November. Charles and Camila will also have the opportunity to look out over the point from which Australian and New Zealand troops departed for the Great War.
The public will have the opportunity to watch the couple from special public viewing areas around the site.
Camilla visited food charity Oz Harvest, which turns waste food into meals for vulnerable people Wednesday. She showed off her skills as she cut some pastry in the kitchen. The duchess was upbeat as she went up to the cooks and whispered “hello” in their ears to their surprise.
She watched them make bread and butter pudding, a popular British dessert. “Smells delicious,” she said, joking she would like to take some home to her husband.
The royal couple attended a dinner in their honor hosted by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House. Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne was among the CVIP guests who met the couple. Also, other special guests will include former prime minister John Howard, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty and entrepreneur Dick Smith.
It is not the first time Charles has paid a visit to Cottesloe beach; in 1979 the then-single prince was famously chased through the surf by Australian model Jane Priest. She gave him a kiss on the cheek as he enjoyed some surfing.