Hounded by monarchists … the royal couple surrounded by a scant crowd in Southbank, are pursued by Neville Condron and his French bulldog, Bert. Photo: Penny Stephens
CHEERING street crowds were all but absent, but the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall devoted their visit to Melbourne on Wednesday to matters that consume their hearts - and while doing it, won the heart of a little dog.
The duchess, who said she had watched her mother die in agony from osteoporosis - a disease that causes bones to become brittle and easily fractured - attended a reception at Government House intended to raise awareness of the disease. It was, she said, the first thing she was determined to do when she knew she was coming to Australia.