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13 Prince Charles

Prince Charles is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh and is heir to the throne. His birth on 14 November 1948 inspired excitement in Australia.

Series: A3522
Recorded by: 1935–1953 Governor-General (CA 1)
Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth. Birth of Royal Prince Charles of Edinburgh, 1948 A3522, Box 3/1
Congratulatory Messages. Birth of Royal Prince, 1948–1949 A3522, Box 3/2
Gifts. Birth of Royal Prince, 1948 A3522, Box 3/3
Series: M4071
Recorded by: 1902–1963 Percy Lampriere Sheaffe (CP 53)
Sheaffe Papers. Newspaper pages. The Canberra Times, 15 November 1948.

Includes article on the planned execution of Tojo, battles in China, wait for birth of Prince Charles and one on Canberra and the public service, 1948

M4071, 86

Photographic series relating to Prince Charles' term at Geelong Grammar

Image 55: Prince Charles and the Queen Mother at The Lodge with PM and Mrs Holt.

Image 55: Prince Charles and the Queen Mother at The Lodge with PM and Mrs Holt.
NAA: A2405, RT2/162
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Prince Charles' first trip to Australia was to attend Geelong Grammar's Timbertop school from 30 January to 1 August 1966.

Canberra

This series contains several photographs of Prince Charles' last day at Timbertop.

Series: A2405
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1966 Australian News and Information Bureau (CA 219)
PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'RT' PREFIX (ROYAL TOUR OF QUEEN MOTHER AND PRINCE CHARLES) A2405
Series: A1209
Recorded by: 1957– Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
HRH Prince of Wales – Attendance at an Australian school – Security arrangements, 1966 A1209, 1966/7001
HRH Prince of Wales – Attendance at an Australian school – Communications arrangements A1209, 1966/7002
HRH Prince of Wales – Attendance at an Australian school – Press arrangements

The Prince arrived at Timbertop on 3 February 1966. A press release dated 10 January 1966 made it clear that his visit was not an official one and that he should be left alone by journalists:

The Prince of Wales will be engaged in full time study in Australia and will not undertake any official engagements. The Queen and the Commonwealth Government have requested that the Prince's visit should be treated as a private one and that he should be allowed the same freedom from public attention as any other school boy.
A1209, 1966/7003
Series: A1838
Visit to Australia of Notable Personalities from Abroad – Prince Charles – To attend School, 1965–1966 A1838, 1516/1/298

Royal visit 1967

Image 56: The Memorial Service for PM Holt in St Paul’s, Melbourne, 22 December 1967.

Image 56: The Memorial Service for PM Holt in St Paul’s, Melbourne, 22 December 1967.
NAA: A1200, L68652
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After his schooling was over, Prince Charles returned to Australia again in December 1967 as the Queen's representative to attend the Memorial service for Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt who disappeared off Cheviot Beach in Victoria on 17 December 1967.

Series: A446
Recorded by: Department of Immigration (CA 51)
Visit of overseas dignitaries to attend national memorial service Melbourne – for Right Honourable H E Holt, 1967–1968 A446, 1967/73018

Official representatives from all over the world flew to Australia for Harold Holt's memorial service which was held in Melbourne on 22 December 1967. Of all the attendees, greatest attention was paid to American President Lyndon Johnson who had become firm friends with Holt. Due attention, however, was also paid to the representatives of the British government – Prince Charles, Prime Minister Harold Wilson and the leader of the opposition, Edward Heath.

The British representatives arrived in Melbourne on the morning of the service in a specially chartered RAAF aircraft. The following morning they flew to Perth for refuelling and had a brief official tour of the city, before leaving for London at 4pm that afternoon.


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