Prince Charles meets Defence Force personnel at Garden Island Wharf, Sydney. Photo: Peter Rae
Prince Charles has arrived to cheers and clapping from hundreds of keen royal watchers at Sydney's Circular Quay.
The Prince of Wales arrived in a motorcade under heavy police guard and greeted crowds outside the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Friday.
He was not accompanied by his other half, with the Duchess of Cornwall visiting Victoria Barracks where she was awarded the title of colonel in chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, greets Defence Force personnel and their families. The royal couple are in Australia on the second leg of a Diamond Jubilee Tour. Photo: Peter Rae
The prince was visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art to meet five Australian designers as part of his role as an ambassador for the Campaign for Wool.
The prince, who was wearing a navy Australian merino wool suit, shook hands and spoke with mums, dads, kids and other royal supporters in the crowd before walking inside the MCA.
Some wished him happy birthday for next week, but royal enthusiast Michelle Haywood was there for a special reason. Ms Haywood proudly showed the prince the Victoria Cross medals her mother's second husband was awarded in World War II.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends an event hosted by NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell for Emergency Services personnel during a visit to Bondi Icebergs. Photo: Janie Barrett
''He held my hand and said to pass on his best regards to mum. It was lovely.''
The royal couple kicked off their first day in Sydney with a barge ride on the harbour ahead of a morning tea with Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.
The pair soaked up the sight of the sunny city as they travelled to Garden Island in a wooden ceremonial boat, the Admiral's Barge.
The couple shook hands and chatted with defence families during an informal meet and greet outside the Naval Heritage Centre.
The royals are on a 13-day tour of the southern hemisphere and are in Australia for six days as part of the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations.