The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by dancers and dignitaries in Papua New Guinea last night as the royal couple began their Diamond Jubilee tour on behalf of the Queen.
Charles and Camilla were draped with garlands of flowers and cheered by waiting crowds when they arrived in the capital Port Moresby after flying from the UK via Singapore.
As the Queen's son, Charles is known as her 'pikinini' in the pidgin English spoken in the Pacific nation.
The royal couple are touring Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand over the next two weeks in celebration of the Queen's historic milestone.
|Prince Charles and Camilla arrived in Papua New Guinea today on the first leg of their Diamond Jubilee Tour on behalf of the Queen|
|The royal couple looked relaxed after their long flight from the UK via Singapore and smiled after being presented with colourful garlands|
|The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived on a Royal Australian Air Force plane at Jackson's International Airport in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea last night on the first leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour.|
At the other end, local schoolchildren in tribal dress performed a hiri dance - used to welcome traders to a village.
Jessie David, a 15-year-old wearing a pandanas leaf skirt, body paint and a headdress made of bird of paradise feathers, was given the honour of placing the orchid flowers on the shoulders of the royals.
Citizens of Papua New Guinea speak more than 800 languages between them, with everyday communication conducted through English and Tok Pisin - a form of Melanesan Pidgin English. The Queen is known as 'Missis Kwin' and 'Mama belong big family'.
Two rows of soldiers from the Papua New Guinea defence force lined up in front of the royals to form a guard of honour.
Their commander Brigadier General Francis Agwi escorted the Prince as he passed down the ranks inspecting the servicemen, stopping briefly to chat to some of them.
The Brigadier General was placed under house arrest by soldiers under his command earlier this year during an abortive coup that attempted to return former prime minister Sir Michael Somare back to power.
|Charles and Camilla were presented with garlands at the bottom of the aeroplane steps by Jessie David, part of a group of local schoolchildren performing a hiri dance in traditional dress;|
|Prince Charles inspects the honour guard after arriving in Port Moresby on a three-day tour of Papua New Guinea.|
|Prince Charles is greeted by Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and his wife Lynda May Babao at Jackson's International Airport.|
The Order of Logohu - the Motuan tribe's word for the bird of paradise - is part of a new honours system introduced in 2005, the nation's 30th anniversary year, which recognises the high achievement of individuals.
Camilla was presented with the insignia of a Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia and the royal couple also received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal.
|Papua New Guinea's Governor General Sir Michael Ogio presents Charles with the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu medal|
|Camilla also received an honour, being presented with the Grand Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia by Governor General Sir Michael Ogio.|
The Governor General's wife Esmie is a former hotel housekeeping maid from the Solomon Islands who married the Queen's representative last year in what was billed as the first state wedding in Papua New Guinea's history.
The couples posed together for a picture before retiring for the night.
The Prince and Duchess's itinerary begins tomorrow with them attending a traditional Sunday church service in a sports stadium with a congregation of hundreds.
Charles is colonel-in-chief of the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment and will present the unit with new colours before the royals watch a cultural performance in the arena.
|Charles and Camilla posed with Papua New Guinea's Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio and Lady Ogio after receiving their honours,|
In the evening a state dinner will be staged in their honour hosted by the Governor General and his wife.