Martin Place is busy at the best of times, but yesterday saw thousands more people than usual as the crowds gathered to meet Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Our Sydney personal injury lawyers and support staff were amongst the numbers, either in the crowd or looking from our office windows.
The royal couple exited the Commonwealth Bank at 48 Martin Place, immediately opposite our building, so we were in a prime spot to look on. Those who were patient enough to wait were rewarded with a close up encounter with royalty, as can be seen in the photos below.
Whilst those in the crowd may have shared different views on the role that the royal family should have in modern Australia, everyone came together with passion for our country. Charles and Camilla were welcomed with a sea of flags as well as faces, and the Australian public certainly showed them the pride and love that we hold for our country.
We understand that as well as the Martin Place tour, the royal couple attended Victoria Barracks, Skills for Psychological Recovery Roundtable, the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability and Leadership Roundtable, and New South Wales Mounted Police Unit. After a busy day of events the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were treated to a dinner at Admiralty House hosted by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove. There the royal couple and VIPs, including Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne, former prime minister John Howard, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty and entrepreneur Dick Smith, dined on a menu showcasing Australia’s finest produce including grilled scallops, rack of lamb, and a mango and coconut Melba.
We hope that the couple have a safe and enjoyable remainder of their tour to Australia (although if the tourists should happen to have an accident in their State car, we hope they know to contact us!)