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Feilding scores Royal visit

18:46 Tue Sep 18 2012
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit Feilding in November
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit Feilding in November (Getty)

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will get a taste of small town New Zealand life when they visit in November, with the Manawatu town of Feilding included on their itinerary.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's travels will also include the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as part of celebrations of the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, it was confirmed on Tuesday.

Feilding, with a population of about 14,500, is the only small town the couple will visit on the trip.

Local MP and former Manawatu mayor Ian McKelvie says the visit is important for the rural community.

"When you look at Feilding and you think of some of [Prince Charles'] interests in life, Feilding represents a lot of those, in agriculture, the farmers' market concept and the protection of heritage," Mr McKelvie told NZ Newswire.

"To get that sort of person coming to Feilding and spending a couple of hours in the town is pretty important for us."

The six-day visit will be Camilla's first trip to New Zealand. Prince Charles was last here in 2005.

The visit will start in Auckland on November 10, where the couple will attend a yet-to-be named sports event, a wool event and take part in a public walk.

They will then fly to Wellington for a welcoming ceremony at Government House and the opening of the nation's Diamond Jubilee gift to the Queen, a new visitor centre at Government House.

From there they will travel to Feilding where, as Air Commodore-in-Chief, Prince Charles will help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force during an informal visit to the nearby Ohakea Air Force Base.

They will then fly to Christchurch where they will look at the recovery strategy for greater Christchurch before leaving the country late on the evening of November 16.

Prince Charles will be celebrating his 64th birthday in New Zealand, on November 14.

They received more than 300 invitations and proposals to attend various events and functions.