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The Prince and Princess of Wales’ two-hour visit to Wollongong on Saturday, January 30, was their first as a couple. Prince Charles had last been in the city as a bachelor in 1977.
In his address to the Illawarra, Prince Charles said he was delighted to be back in the city after 11 years and was particularly pleased to have his young wife by his side and to have received such a warm and friendly welcome.
The pair had been met by a colourful, flag-waving crowd. The crowd emitted a deafening roar when their car appeared, signalling the arrival of the famous couple.
Well-wishers had been gathering behind the barricades in front of the IPAC and Town Hall at noon, but for those a 4-hour wait was rewarded by the gracious visitors who took a five-minute stroll among the crowd before their departure. The Princess also attended the Adelaide Youth Festival and gave a speech at the Festival’s opening the same day.