Prince Charles meets Australian war widow

2015-11-12 12:36
Daphne Dunne. (File: AFP)

Daphne Dunne. (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Sydney - Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla met war widow Daphne Dunne in Sydney on Thursday, as they were mobbed by royal fans as they continued their six-day tour of Australia.

The 95-year-old Dunne, who met Charles' son Prince Harry when he visited the Sydney Opera House in May, said the heir to the British throne still remembered their first encounter three decades ago in the capital city Canberra.

"I met him 30-odd years ago in Canberra. He said he remembered - and I said, 'so long ago?' He said 'yes'," wheelchair-bound Dunne told the Sydney Morning Herald, adding that she also spoke to Camilla.

"She said 'I see you've got the VC (Victoria Cross) there. I said 'how are you?' She said 'I'm very tired.'," Dunne said, replying: "I should most probably lend you my wheelchair."

Dunne was wearing her first husband Albert Chowne's Victoria Cross, which was awarded to him posthumously following his death in Papua New Guinea in 1945 during World War II.

'I like the royal family'

She was joined by hundreds of excited people who had turned out to see the royals at Martin Place in the heart of Australia's largest city, with many straining to capture photographs of the couple on their mobile phones.

"We like Charles - he represents Australia. He's got charm," Sydneysider Maria Di Giani told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"We like Camilla too now."

But not everyone in the crowd was enthusiastic about the prospect of continuing formal ties with the British monarchy, a day after recently installed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a fervent republican, met with Charles.

"I like the royal family, but I don't believe they represent modern Australian values," Sydney high school student Matt Robson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"Australia is a multicultural society, is more forward-thinking."

A poll published Wednesday and commissioned by the Australian Republican Movement found that 51 percent of citizens preferred an Australian head of state to a King Charles.

Charles and Camilla will travel to the National Anzac Centre in Albany in Western Australia on Saturday before celebrating his 67th birthday with a barbecue on a Perth beach.

Read more on:    prince charles  |  malcolm turnbull  |  uk

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.