Royal visit: Albany and Perth gear up for visit from Prince Charles and Camilla
As Albany gears up for the second visit by Prince Charles to the port city, residents are remembering his whirlwind tour from more than 30 years ago.
His Royal Highness first visited Albany in 1979, following in his mother's footsteps when she visited for the town's sesquicentenary in 1977, during the Australian tour for her Silver Jubilee.
This time residents might catch a glimpse of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at the Albany agricultural show looking at the woodchoppers, the show jumping, woolcraft and the alpacas, before they drive up to Mount Adelaide to visit the National Anzac Centre.
Among the assembled at the World War I interpretive centre will be Colleen Donovan, a direct descendant of one of the first soldiers killed at Gallipoli in 1915.
Prince Charles requested to meet relatives of the Australian Expeditionary Force who were aboard the first convoy that left Albany in November 1914.
Ms Donovan's great uncle, Allan Maxwell, was on one of the 38 troop transports that called into Albany.
He was just 25 years old when he was shot on April 26 during the Gallipoli landing.
She discovered his photograph in her mother's collection, and then some skilful research by local librarian Sue Smith uncovered Maxwell's story, and the family connection with Albany.
Ms Donovan said she was thrilled to have been requested to meet the Royal couple on Saturday.
"It came out of the blue," she said."But it's almost like it was meant to be.
"For years no-one in our family wanted to talk about Great Uncle Maxwell's war because it was so painful.
"Then the Royal visit triggered a search for relatives in Albany, and now it has led to me discovering so much about his life."
Normae Bennett, 72, vividly remembers her excitement when the Prince visited the small southern coastal Western Australian town of Esperance in 1979.
"Because Esperance was a small town then, 8,000 people, we heard he was going to be down the wharf," she told the ABC.
"I got my children out of school and took them down the wharf where he was.
"I just said, 'could I have a photo please sir', and he said 'yes'."
The pictures of her smiling twin girls, Angeleque and Tarryna, then aged five, made the paper.
Ms Bennett sent a copy to the Prince and received a letter back from the palace, saying Prince Charles and Princess Diana were very pleased with the result.
The Royals will spend just under four hours in Western Australia's southern coast, flying out of Albany on Saturday afternoon and heading to Perth's popular Cottesloe Beach for a birthday barbeque held in Prince Charles's honour.
Prince Charles will celebrate his 67th birthday with music and cake alongside Premier Colin Barnett and his wife.
Prince Charles' to celebrate birthday at Cottesloe Beach
Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said the beachside town was gearing up for the Royal arrival.
"There's a general buzz, general excitement, it is a fairly big barbeque, there are 500 people coming, most of them won't be from Cottesloe, but that is not to say there won't be many locals around the civic centre at the time," she said.
Ms Dawkins said locals would not have a lot of time to see Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.
"I think it might be a little limited, we are not even sure which entrance to the civic centre they will arrive by, and they are at the civic centre for approximately an hour," she said.
"The Cottesloe tennis club is having a barbeque on that evening, so they may get a glimpse because they are across the road."
Despite the fleeting visit, Ms Dawkins said the Cottesloe community is still very excited to be included in the Royals' itinerary.
"We are thrilled, it is a lovely spot, it is very Australian and also a place where locals barbeque every weekend," she said.
"So I think its significant that he is doing something very Australian at the time of the day when we are getting these beautiful sunsets at the moment. It's just a nice place to be."
On Sunday, the Royals will begin their day at a service at St George's Cathedral before visiting the State Treasury Building, State Library, Seedbank and Kings Park.