By 3 News online staff / NZN
Roads in the Auckland CBD will be closed today as Prince Charles and Camilla take a walk down Queen St on the second day of their visit to New Zealand.
Starting at about 1:20pm, the royal couple will meet the members of the public as they stroll down lower Queen St to Queens Wharf. Between 11am and 2pm several roads in the area will be closed, including parts of Tyler St and Galway St.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says it will be a great chance to meet the couple, and maybe even get a handshake.
Supporters of the monarchy say the visit will be great for tourism.
"For a country that's very dependant on our tourism industry, it's fantastic to have such a high-profile person come to New Zealand and promote us on the world stage," says Monarchy New Zealand vice-chairman Paul Foster-Bell.
COUPLE MEET ATHLETES, WATCH HAIRY MACLARY
Before the walkabout however, Charles and Camilla will be meeting some of New Zealand's top sportspeople at the AUT Millennium Sports Training Centre, including Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and members of the Silver Ferns.
They will also be attending a performance of Hairy Maclary at the Bruce Mason Theatre, crossing Waitemata Harbour on a coastguard boat and having dinner at the Sky City.
SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY VISIT
Going their separate ways briefly, Camilla will visit East Tamaki Primary School, where pupils will show her how they grow and cook their own food.
"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," Garden to Table Trust chair Catherine Bell told Newstalk ZB. "That sounds very fancy, doesn't it?"
Also on the menu will be savoury bread cases, vegetables and cheese.
Meanwhile, the prince will attend a wool event at the Cloud and an innovation showcase at the University of Auckland.
FIRST VISIT FOR CAMILLA
The royals are in the country for six days as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour representing the Queen.
It's the Duchess of Cornwall's first trip to New Zealand, while Prince Charles was last here in 2005.
They landed at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base at Whenuapai on Saturday night.
The Prince and Duchess received a traditional Maori welcome and attended an Armistice Day commemoration at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Sunday morning.
The tour also includes visits to Wellington, Feilding and Christchurch.
The heir to the throne will celebrate his 64th birthday in the capital on November 14 and a party has been planned at Government House with 64 Kiwis who share the same birth date.
On the final day of the tour, Charles and Camilla will survey the progress of post-earthquake work in Christchurch.
They'll depart Christchurch, bound for Britain, later that evening.
3 News / NZN
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