Prince Charles to get Hobbit sneak peek

By Kate Shuttleworth

The itinerary for Prince Charles' upcoming visit to New Zealand has been unveiled. Photo / AP
The itinerary for Prince Charles' upcoming visit to New Zealand has been unveiled. Photo / AP

The Prince of Wales will meet Peter Jackson and get a sneak-preview of the new Hobbit film on his upcoming visit.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand from November 10-16 after visits to Papua New Guinea and Australia.

The Telegraph reports he will visit Weta Workshop on November 14 - his birthday.

"The Prince is a great fan of children's literature and Tolkien is one of the great icons of children's literature," a royal source told the Telegraph.

"He and the Duchess have seen Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films and the Prince has said he is very much looking forward to seeing Bilbo Baggins' foot.''

It is reported the Prince will be shown prosthetics and make-up from the films, but he would not meet the actors as the film is in post-production for the November 28 premiere in Wellington.

The Prince will celebrate his 64th birthday with 64 other New Zealanders who share his birth date.

The 64 New Zealanders selected to attend the Kiwi-themed birthday celebration at Government House will be turning a variety of ages - from 18 to 101.

Wife of the Governor General, Lady Janine Mateparae, came up with the idea to invite 64 New Zealanders to celebrate, and 1500 applications were received.

Everyone who applied to attend will receive a birthday card signed by Prince Charles.

"The birthday party has really captured the public imagination and shows the genuine interest New Zealanders hold in the forthcoming Royal visit. I'm really looking forward to meeting those selected and enjoying a great Kiwi-themed birthday party," said Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Key moments of the New Zealand visit by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Auckland:

November 11: Mihi whakatau at the Auckland War Memorial Museum; attending an Armistice Day Commemoration at Auckland War Memorial Museum and meeting veterans.

November 12: Meeting New Zealand Olympic athletes at AUT Millennium; attending a performance of Hairy Maclary with hundreds of schoolchildren in Auckland; The Prince of Wales crossing Auckland Harbour on a Sealegs amphibious vehicle used by New Zealand Coastguard; a visit to Britomart in central Auckland; the Prince of Wales attending events highlighting the New Zealand wool industry and innovative technologies; the Duchess of Cornwall meeting students and teachers during a visit to East Tamaki Primary School; a Diamond Jubilee Trust dinner at the SkyCity Convention Centre.

November 14: The official opening of New Zealand's Diamond Jubilee gift to Her Majesty The Queen, a new Visitor Centre at Government House; meeting members of the waka crew who participated in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, during a walk along the Wellington waterfront; viewing designs, prosthetics, make-up and costumes related to the forthcoming Peter Jackson film The Hobbit at Weta Workshop; Official meetings with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition; The Duchess of Cornwall attending a reception at Government House to celebrate women in the community; On The Prince of Wales's birthday, attending a birthday celebration, hosted by the Governor-General, at Government House, with New Zealanders also celebrating their birthdays on 14 November.

November 15: His Royal Highness attending a Reception at Government House Wellington, for New Zealand's science and conservation community; joining a community celebration event in Feilding, including attending the Farmers' Market, meeting volunteers, schoolchildren's performances and Diamond Jubilee Post Boxes specially designed by local children; The Prince of Wales visiting Manawatu farm; The Duchess of Cornwall meeting students and tutors during a visit to the Equine Research and Wildlife Centres at Massey University in Palmerston North; meeting Air Force personnel and their families during a visit to the RNZAF Base Ohakea;

November 16: Meeting local residents, shopkeepers, student volunteers, buskers, market stallholders and local dance groups during a visit to Christchurch; and attending the 150th Canterbury A&P Show.

- APNZ

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