North waits for details of prince’s visit
The prince is due to marry long-time sweetheart Kate Middleton on April 29. There was no mention yesterday via the royal website or from Government House in Canberra about the possibility of Ms Middleton t r avelli ng with her husband-to-be to Australia.
A Government House spokeswoman said there was still no minute-by-minute travel diary available for the prince’s visit to Queensland.
She said Governor-General Quentin Bryce would not be accompanying the prince, but said Ms Bryce intended visi t i ng cyclone-damaged centres in the Tully and Cardwell districts this weekend.
Bob Katter, whose electorate of Kennedy took the full brunt of Cyclone Yasi, said it was kind of the prince to take the time to visit the area.
‘‘ He will be accorded every hospitality. People will be pleased to see him,’’ he said.
Asked if he would be presenting the prince with one of his trademark hats, Mr Katter said he would give the matter some thought.
Mayor of the Hinchinbrook Shire Council Pino Giandomenico did not have any news of the prince’s visit to North Queensland, but said: ‘‘ he’d better come here’’.
‘‘ I’ll be upset if he didn’t come here. We’ve had four floods and a cyclone. That’s better than Four Weddings and a Funeral,’’ he said.
A spokeswoman for Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Bill Shannon said the council had yet to be advised of the prince’s visit.