Start baking some scones, put the kettle on, and get out your royal bunting — the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are en route to Australia… in 2018! Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will grace Queensland with their presence in April, where they will commence a royal tour.

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The couple’s visit Down Under will coincide with the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where the royals will be guests of honor… or if you’re the Minister of Tourism, Kate Jones, Charles and Camilla’s visit during the Games will be the “jewel in the crown.” According to reports, Charles’ youngest sibling, Prince Edward, will “likely” attend the event, while their mother, Queen Elizabeth, will announce in October her intention to swing by Australia. The last time the future King traveled to Australia was back in 2012.

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It’s believed the 69-year-old is excited to see the Great Barrier Reef — and with his passionate views on conservation, he’ll no doubt do what he can to promote the cause. Charles and Camilla braved classic British rain during their three-day tour of Devon and Cornwall last week. In 72 hours, the duo packed in a crazy 13 engagements, meeting with food producers, community volunteers, and charity workers.

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The proud grandfather clearly had birthday boy Prince George and young Princess Charlotte on his mind. While shopping at Barnstaple Pannier Market, he purchased his grandkids a storybook called The Goodnight Star by Amy Sparkes. His wife revealed that the doting grandpa adores reading to young George and Charlotte. The youngsters are said to be “spellbound” by the “brilliant mimic’s” dramatic reading of Harry Potter.

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