Charles visit goes off pat

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

SYDNEY: Prince Charles had a day off from shak­ing hands and smil­ing yes­ter­day as he flew from Sydney to Perth to cel­e­brate his 67th birth­day at the week­end.

He also had a day off from what ap­peared to be pats on his royal bot­tom, much against royal pro­to­col.

The prince was be­ing es­corted around a Sydney func­tion ear­lier this week by the head of the Prince’s Char­i­ties Aus­tralia, Ja­nine Kirk, when she was caught by a press pho­tog­ra­pher seem­ingly sliding her hand on to the re­gal pos­te­rior to guide the prince to meet guests.

Kirk later de­nied she had touched the royal seat, say­ing ques­tions about her hand were “rather silly”.

But Daily Tele­graph re­porter Matthew Benns could not re­sist the cheeky head­line “His Royal Hind­ness”.

It brought back mem­o­ries of Bri­tish out­rage in 1992 when then prime min­is­ter Paul Keat­ing touched Queen El­iz­a­beth on the back, prompt­ing press to call him the “Lizard of Oz.” – ANA-dpa

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