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NSW Governor David Hurley welcomed the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Government House at reception held in their honour in Sydney on Thursday, 12 November.

Government House, Sydney

Government House, Sydney

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The Prince and the Duchess met with representatives of many community organisations and charities, including the Toukley Seniors Citizens Club, and The Australian Stock Horse Society, and thanked them for their service to their local communities and the nation.

Other guests included NSW Premier Mike Baird and his wife, Kerryn, Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant,  and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

Guests arrive for the reception at Government House.

Guests arrive for the reception at Government House.

Many guests walked down the drive to Government House, as the band was playing before the reception.

Bruce Kirkness from the Toukley Senior Citizens Club was one of the guests.

Bruce Kirkness from the Toukley Senior Citizens Club was one of the guests.

Deputy Premier of NSW Troy Grant had welcomed Their Royal Highnesses to the New South Wales Mounted Police earlier that day.

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant arrives at Government House, Sydney.

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant arrives at Government House, Sydney.

Guests were advised on the correct form of address towards the Prince and the Duchess, prior to their arrival, and were warned “no selfies”!

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall signed the visitors book at Government House, prior to the reception.

NSW Governor, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC and Mrs Linda Hurley, accompanied the Prince and the Duchess outside.

Gadigal Elder Uncle Chicka Madden delivers the "Welcome to Country" speech.

Gadigal Elder Uncle Chicka Madden delivers the “Welcome to Country” speech.

A “Welcome to Country” ceremony is delivered by an Elder or another representative of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as a mark of respect for as a mark of respect to the traditional custodians.

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales.

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales.

The Governor gave a short speech welcoming the Prince and the Duchess to Sydney.

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales.

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales.

The Prince and the Duchess visited all the tables to speak briefly with the guests.

The Duchess of Cornwall chats to one of the guests.

The Duchess of Cornwall chats to one of the guests.

Prince Charles, who is also the Patron of The Australian Stock Horse Society spoke to Neville Holz, Jean Gavin and Craig Young who travelled to Sydney to attend the reception.

Prince Charles speaking to more guests.

Prince Charles speaks to guests including Neville Holz from The Australian Stock Horse Society.

Mr Holz said he was very impressed with the Prince’s knowledge in rural matters.

Craig Young, Jean Gavin and Neville Holz from The Australian Stock Horse Society were among the guests at the reception.

Craig Young, Jean Gavin and Neville Holz from The Australian Stock Horse Society were among the guests at the reception.

However, the Prince and the Duchess left separately after the reception.

Prince Charles attended the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership Roundtable discussion at Admiralty House at Kirribilli.

The Duchess of Cornwall spotted in Macquarie Street on her way to her next engagement at Victoria Barracks.

The Duchess of Cornwall spotted in Macquarie Street on her way to her next engagement at Victoria Barracks.

The Duchess of Cornwall met with the Royal Australian Corps of the Military Police at Victoria Barracks in Paddington.

The Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove hosted a dinner for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Admiralty House.

The Governor and Mrs Hurley later officially farewelled the Prince and the Duchess at Sydney Airport, as they travelled to Western Australia for the final leg of their tour.

All photos © 2015 Carolyn M Cash

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Don’t forget to tune in to our show, 13 November 2015, for more details about the royal visit.