Royal visit: Gifts and giant birthday card await Prince Charles in Albany, WA
Prince Charles will be presented with gifts and a "massive" birthday card when he and his wife Camilla visit Albany in Western Australia's Great Southern today.
While Prince Charles is set to celebrate his 67th birthday with a barbeque, music and cake at Perth's Cottesloe Beach later in the day, the occasion will not go unmarked in Albany.
Mayor Dennis Wellington said it would be an "informal visit" by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
"There's no welcoming speeches or anything like that ... it will be a chance for them to meet the people and for people to greet them," he said.
"It's his birthday so he'll be given some presents ... they'll be just loaded onto the plane, because there's bottles of wine and produce from the area, for them to view on the way back.
"There's a massive birthday card that has been getting around town that many people have been invited to sign, so that will be presented to them as well."
It is the second visit to Albany for Prince Charles, who previously stopped off in the town in 1979.
He and Camilla are due to attend the Albany Agricultural Show before heading to Mount Adelaide to visit the National Anzac Centre.
'Big crowd' expected
Mr Wellington said everything was in order for the Royal visit, and predicted a fantastic turnout.
"We are expecting two to three thousand people up at the National Anzac Centre, and there will be a lot of people at the show wanting to say hello to them," he said.
"It's hard to assess what the numbers will be but we are preparing for quite a big crowd."
"Some direct descendants of (World War I soldiers) will be here to meet them, and Noongar people as well, people from the RSL, councillors and political leaders."
Mr Wellington was not willing to guess why Prince Charles and Camilla had chosen Albany as part of their Australian tour.
"We are very modest about our approach to this being the best place in the world, so that's enough reason for us," he said.
"I think there is a loyal royal tendency down here, and the fact that Albany is recognised in this way is very important to us and people are very proud of it."
The Royals will spend just under four hours on WA's southern coast, flying out of Albany on Saturday afternoon to head to Cottesloe.
WA Premier Colin Barnett and his wife will attend the beach barbeque.