King Charles scales back upcoming Australia tour

The monarch is expected to arrive down under in October.
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A royal source has revealed that King Charles has scaled back his upcoming tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa due to his doctors’ advice.

While no official confirmation or details surrounding the October visit have been released by Buckingham Palace, the monarch will reportedly no longer visit New Zealand.

“Doctors fear that Charles is doing a bit too much,” royal editor Russell Myers shared with Today.

“He has been out and about in recent weeks, as we have seen after returning to duties, but it’s going to be a step too far to be getting to New Zealand on that part of the trip.”

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King Charles will soon be saying g’day to Australia a diplomatic source has confirmed. (Credit: Getty)

It is expected that the King will spend six days in Australia before he and his wife Queen Camilla depart our shores for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Samoa.

While an itinerary has yet to be finalised, in recent weeks Australian states and territories have been tasked with creating a schedule of engagements that align with Charles’ interest in climate and sustainability.

The tour would likely coincide with the bicentenary of the NSW Legislative Council and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will take place in Samoa on October 21st. 

Held bi-yearly, the CHOGM brings together 56 developed and developing nations from across the Commonwealth. 

It is currently unclear if the King will visit Australia prior to or following the meeting.

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The king enjoyed a tasting of Bundaberg Rum during his last tour down under. (Credit: Getty)

In early February, it was revealed that King Charles III was still “hopeful” that his planned visit to Australia in October 2024 would go ahead, despite his cancer diagnosis. 

“We continue planning, but we’re not at any stage to confirm timing or dates because it’s the first week of the King’s treatment. It certainly remains the case that he’s hopeful it will go ahead,” a Palace source divulged to The Telegraph at the time.

Shortly after, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed that Australia would continue preparations for a possible visit from the Sovereign later in the year.

“The King has shown his compassion for Australians affected by recent natural disasters, just as Australians have shown compassion and support for the King following his cancer diagnosis,” Mr Albanese said.

“The King, Queen, and members of the Royal Family are always welcome in Australia. My Government is engaging with States and Territories on options for a possible Royal visit.”

News of a royal tour down under first became public knowledge in early December 2023 when a government insider said that planning was “underway.” 

Then in January 2024, a government spokesman told The Australian that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese “enjoyed a warm relationship with the King” and was looking forward “to welcoming His Majesty later this year.”

Charles hasn’t visited Australia since 2018. Here he is pictured with Diana, Princess of Wales at Uluru in 1983. (Credit: Getty)

The new monarch appears to favour Australia after visiting 16 times since 1966. But it will be King Charles’ first visit since 2018 for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

His royal visit will mark an important occasion as it will be the first time a reigning King has visited Australia following Queen Elizabeth’s passing.

A reigning monarch has not visited our shores since Queen Elizabeth’s trip in October 2011 which was dubbed as her ‘farewell tour’ by royal watchers. The late Queen opened the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, right next to the former Royal Children’s Hospital she opened in 1963.

Queen Elizabeth II made Australian history in 1954 after becoming the first reigning monarch to visit, and she continued to visit another 16 times.

WATCH NOW: The Royal Family appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after King Charles has been crowned. Article continues after video. 

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The news of King Charles’ visit follows speculation that Prince William and Kate Middleton could be returning to Australia after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese revealed he hoped to host the couple and their children at some point in the not-so-distant future.

Prince William reportedly wants to take his family to some of his grandmother’s favourite places.

“It’s been a year of upheaval for the children, and the family is looking to make some happy memories and take them on a big adventure,” says a palace insider.

“William and Kate loved their first tour to Australia in 2014, which was where baby Prince George undertook his first public engagements,” they added.

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