Prince Charles supports republic: Keating

Before completing his visit to Queensland, Prince Charles will watch the Commonwealth Games women's basketball competition in Cairns - meeting the teams afterwards - and will attend a celebration marking the 90th anniversary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in addition to visiting Daintree Rainforest to learn about the rainforest's unique ecosystem.

Prince Charles' upcoming visit to Australia has also been met with scepticism.

Several thousand flag-waving and cheering royal fans have greeted Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to Brisbane before the prince opens the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games later on Wednesday night.

While the queen is an immensely popular among Australians, her heir is less so.

The Palace confirmed a year ago that Charles would represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Games, and although it was initially thought Camilla would skip the whirlwind tour, Clarence House later confirmed the pair would make the trip together.

Camilla, wearing a pale blue silk dress by Anna Valentine, accompanied her husband to the ceremony, but was not on stage as he delivered the speech to millions of people watching across the world.

The Games baton had travelled around 70 nations and territories over 388 days, starting its journey at Buckingham Palace.

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The first day of the tour will end with the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, where Prince Charles will represent his mother, The Queen.

However, nearly on cue the rain cleared up and even a few rays of Queensland sunshine managed to struggle through as the royal couple arrived and began to greet those gathered.

Tony Abbott has accused Paul Keating of verballing Prince Charles by claiming the future king of the United Kingdom thinks Australia should ditch the monarchy.

"I have no doubt he believes Australia should be free of the British monarchy and that it should make its own way in the world", Mr Keating wrote.

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.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

"But that doesn't mean the royal family isn't viewed with a sense of affection in Australia - I saw that with my own eyes as prime minister".

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