Not* Travel with a Royal Toilet Seat

Prince Charles used a flawless choice of words to dispel an ongoing toilet-related rumour. His visit coincided with news that 96-year-old Prince Philip, who retired from public life last year, had been taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday for surgery.

Before entering politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull led a public campaign to persuade Australia to severe its constitutional ties with the British monarch and become a republic with an Australian president. "Oh, don't believe all that c***", Charles said.

"He is very, very knowledgeable and has had enormous experience over his long career as the Prince of Wales".

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the games, Prince Charles said: 'My wife and I could not be more delighted to be able to join all of you here on the Gold Coast this evening - and the many millions of you who are watching from your homes across the Commonwealth'.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was excited to host today's community event and welcome His Royal Highness to the city.

Upon arrival, the couple was greeted in Brisbane by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove with a 21-gun salute.

Camilla Parker Bowles reportedly agreed to go on the trip in the hopes it would help Prince Charles' case for becoming the next Commonwealth Head, a title separate from the crown that he is not guaranteed to inherit.

Charles will visit northern Queensland state, the neighboring Northern Territory and Vanuatu before returning to Britain next week.

Several media outlets leapt on images of the Duchess of Cornwall leafing through a programme during Wednesday's proceedings as evidence that she would rather have been elsewhere.

  • Kyle Peterson