Charles wobbles! Sweaty prince stumbles in heat of Darwin as temperatures hit 85F
PRINCE Charles took a tumble today as he struggled in the heat of Australia’s Darwin while visiting NORFORCE at Larrakeyah Barracks. The 69-year-old looked hot and sweaty as he succumbed to the scorching heat.
The 69-year-old, who is touring Australia alone without his wife Camilla, appeared to lose his footing as he joined the North-West Mobile Force, an infantry regiment of the Australian Army Reserve.
As he walked along a bridge, one of the army members who was escorting him attempted to help the future king as he slipped.
Prince Charles is enjoying his last day of a seven-day Commonwealth tour of Australia.
As his tour comes to an end, Charles spoke of his love for Australia and the Australian people.
The heir to the throne said he was “really touched” by the crowds who had come out to greet him in cities and towns across Australia, as well as the South Pacific island of Vanuatu.
He said: “I love Australia and Australians and I love coming here.
“I was really touched by the welcome from the crowds here and in Vanuatu.”
The prince’s tour came as the future of the monarchy in Australia remained a topic of debate.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that a poll conducted on behalf of The Australian newspaper had found opposition to a republic had risen to its highest level since 1999.
A total of 41 per cent of 1,639 people asked over four days in April said they would be against scrapping the monarchy and becoming a republic, according to the Newspoll survey.
This compares to 34 per cent 19 years ago and 38 per cent in August 2017.
One in two Australians (50 per cent) backed the push for a republic, while 9% were uncommitted, according to the poll.
In 1999 a referendum was held over whether the Queen and Governor-General should be replaced with a president, with 54.87 per cent voting against and 45.13 per cent in favour.
It comes after a row erupted in Australia after former PM, Paul Keating, said he was “certain” Prince Charles would be supportive of the nation splltting from the British monarchy if the people wanted to.
Mr Keating told the Sunday Times: “I have no doubt he believes Australia should be free of the British monarchy and that it should make its own way in the world.”
Another former prime minister, Julia Gillard, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme she believed at some point the country would become a republic.
Charles has visited the cities of Brisbane and Cairns on his tour, has learned about the traditions of the indigenous communities in Gove, and opened the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on behalf of the Queen.
He also took a day-trip to Vanuatu, accompanied by Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop, where thousands of people lined the streets to greet him.
His trip ended in Darwin on Tuesday, where Charles laid a wreath at Darwin Cenotaph before visiting the base of NORFORCE.
There he spoke to soldiers who had worked with Prince Harry at the regiment during his four-week secondment with the Australian military in 2015.
He also visited the National Critical Care and Trauma Centre, which was set up after the 2002 Bali bombings to respond to health emergencies such as natural disasters and terrorist attacks.
“I can’t tell you how impressed I am,” said the prince, as he was shown a “pop-up” surgical theatre, as well as vital life-saving equipment that can easily be transported abroad.
Charles finished his tour with a reception at Darwin’s Government House, and placed a message in a time capsule which will be opened in 30 years.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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