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Prince Charles and Camilla touch down in Brisbane

Prince Charles and Camilla touch down in Brisbane

Following their arrival down under the couple will receive an official welcome in Brisbane when a 21-gun salute is launched at the Old Government House at approximately 12.50pm.

Shortly afterwards, they greeted well-wishers during a walk through the city's botanic gardens, accompanied by Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

On the eve of the Commonwealth Games, Keating has claimed the heir to the British throne supports Australia becoming a republic and would welcome not having to "pretend" one day to be the country's head of state.

For those who want to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, they will touch down in Queensland on Wednesday as part of their royal tour in Oz.

The royal couple could be seen greeting senators and ministers on the tarmac at the airport.

Fellow Brisbane local Lorraine shook Charles' hand, but confessed later she had no idea what he said to her.

"Frankly, I wish them all the best and the only thing I say to them is make sure you buy tickets and come to the Games when you're finished".

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Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne welcome Prince Charles to Brisbane.

Before completing his visit to Queensland, Prince Charles will watch the Commonwealth Games women's basketball competition in Cairns - meeting the teams afterwards - and will attend a celebration marking the 90th anniversary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in addition to visiting Daintree Rainforest to learn about the rainforest's unique ecosystem.

On Thursday, Prince Charles and Camilla will visit the Athletes' Village prior to the presenting the medals at the swimming finals at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

He praised Prince Charles and said he'd always be welcome in Australia but added: "The pretence of representing this country and all that it stands for is something he and we could well do without".

Malcolm Turnbull, who supports an Australian republic, said he is looking forward to meeting with the prince, who he told ABC Radio is a thoughtful, charming and knowledgeable man.

"The prince and I, and Lucy (Turnbull) share a lot of common interests, particularly in terms of urbanism, architecture, planning, environment and ecology".


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