Jet lag

11.05.12

Charles: "I'm a Few Sausages Short of a Barbie"

Charles and Camilla roast in Australia

Prince Charles and Camilla have spent the day in 104 degree heat in the Australian outback on the first day of their Australian tour, at the end of which Charles complained: "I'm so jet lagged I feel a few sausages short of a Barbie."

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'Mud Men' in traditional dress prepare to greet Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales in Sir John Guise Stadium after a cultural performance on November 4, 2012 in Port Moresby (Chris Jackson, Getty Images)

About 1,000 locals turned out to welcome the royal visitors, according to a blog being run of the visit by the local Brisbane Times.

The royals touched down by private jet just before 4pm local time, at the outback town of Longreach, where their first job was to watch watched a simulated emergency exercise or the Royal Flying Doctor service.

Next came a walkabout, with one little girl very hesitant to give up her flowers to Camilla.

"Shall I have them?" Camilla asked her to which the child holding out the bunch replied "nope" while shaking her head.

"That's quite all right," the Duchess told her.

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ocals dance on a specially constructed 'boat' as they greet Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during a visit to Borea Village on November 4, 2012 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Charles and Camilla had arrived from Papua New Guinea where Charles made a speech in the local ‘pidgin’ dialect:  “Mi nambawan pikinini bilong misis kwin,” he announced to a welcoming crowd of 5,000 in a sports stadium, “I am the first-born child of Mrs Queen.”

Earlier in the day on Sunday the royal couple were greeted by topless women and warriors performing traditional dances, and tribesmen with giant vast masks on their heads.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales are driven around Sir John Guise Stadium (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)