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Royals to meet families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Thursday 15 Nov 2012 5:49 a.m.

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By Sarah Robson

It will be a solemn start today for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as they meet with the families of 10 Kiwi soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The royals are in the country on the final leg of the Diamond Jubilee tour representing the queen.

The prince and duchess will pay their respects to family members of the fallen soldiers at a private reception at Government House in Wellington this morning, before heading north to Feilding.

There they'll get a taste of rural Kiwi life, visiting the town's weekly farmers' market and meeting with some of the locals.

It's also expected the couple will make a stop at the war memorial, where they'll meet with the Feilding-based family of Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell, the first New Zealand soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Prince Charles will then visit award-winning Waipiko Farm, where he'll learn about its forestry plantings and wetland creation, while Camilla will head to Massey University's equine research and wildlife centres.

The royals will return to Wellington in time for the prince to attend a reception for New Zealand's conservation community at Government House.

They'll travel to Christchurch on Friday where they'll survey the progress of post-earthquake work.

They'll depart Christchurch, bound for Britain, on Friday night.


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