School kids plan lunch for Charles and Camilla

Carrot cake and fennel and beetroot salad with a balsamic glaze will be on the menu for the Duchess of Cornwall at an Auckland school today.

Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be in New Zealand's largest city today, where they will walk down Lower Queen Street to Queens Wharf about 1.20pm.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown said it was a great opportunity for Aucklanders to meet the royal couple, with the chance of a handshake, a smile and maybe a quick comment.

The Duchess of Cornwall will also be visiting East Tamaki Primary School to see how they grow and cook their own food.

It is a programme run by The Garden to Table Trust as a non-profit scheme.

Trust chairperson Catherine Bell says the children have an elaborate menu planned.

"What they're going to make is a carrot cake, that's a favourite of theirs, and then they're going to make a fennel and beetroot salad with a balsamic glaze.

"That sounds very fancy, doesn't it?" Ms Bell says.

The royal couple will visit various attractions in the Wellington region on Wednesday, before heading to Christchurch on Friday.


Morning: Charles and Camilla visit AUT Millennium in Auckland to meet Olympic and Paralympic medallists; attend a performance of Hairy Maclary at the Bruce Mason Theatre; and visit Devonport Naval Base to cross Waitemata Harbour on a coastguard amphibious boat.

1.20pm: Walkabout between lower Queen St and Queens Wharf where they will meet members of the public.

Evening: Diamond Jubilee Trust dinner at SkyCity.

How to spot them: Aucklanders are advised to arrive well ahead of time if they want to get a good view of the Prince and Duchess on their walk down Queen St today.

Auckland Council said the best places to see the couple were at the bus stop areas on the edge of Queen Elizabeth II Square, and along Queens Wharf on the route to The Cloud.

Several roads will be closed between 11am and 2pm, including Tyler St and Galway St between Commerce St and Lower Queen St.

Commuters are advised to use public transport to get downtown.

- The Aucklander

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