IT seems Australians just can't keep their hands off the Royal rump!
The Daily Telegraph reports Prince Charles was on the receiving end of an eight second pat of his royal posterior as he was introduced to members of the emergency services.
Janine Kirk, chief executive of the Princes Charities Australia, placed her hand around the future king, near his bottom as she guided him around the participants of the Macquarie Group round table session in the city.
The move will not doubt rekindle memories of former Prime Minister Paul Keating on Prince Charles' mother when he broached royal protocol and put his hand on the Queen's back during her 1992 tour of Australia.
That earned him the nickname "the lizard of Oz" in the British press.
Ms Kirk was not amused at being compared to Mr Keating. "I don't like the way this is going, it's rather silly."
"It's not on his bum," she explained.
"It was a room of about 130 people, he was being engaged as he always is, and so he was being moved through the crowd," she explained.
Interview with a monarchist: Charles visits Sydney
THOUSANDS of staunch monarchists (and a few stickybeaking republicans) piled into Sydney's Martin Place to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall today.
The royal duo spent the morning at the Redfern mounted police unit before heading to the city centre for their only meet and greet with the NSW capital's public.
One hand waving a miniature Australian flag, the other clutching a smartphone in hopes of catching a lucky snap of the couple, the adoring crowd roared in applause as they exited, fittingly, the Commonwealth Bank headquarters to press the flesh.
One crowd member, the Duchess's namesake, Camilla from Germany, spoke somewhat out of line when asked if she was a monarchist.
"Not really. I'm a democratic person, you know. But it's alright, it's great," she said.
She was ultimately forgiven after a quick lecture on the finer points of the Australian political system.
Her new friends, all members of the Australian Monarchist League, quickly put things right and explained Australia was a democratic monarchy - and that is how they wanted it to stay.
"We're just on a committee trying to remind people of their traditions," one said.
"They must keep Australia a constitutional democracy. We do not want a republic.
"We want to keep what we treasure in this country.
"It's our tradition and heritage."
A query about her feelings towards Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was met with a "no comment" and a quick about-turn.
"He's on his best behaviour and he's doing a good job so far," a friend chimed in.
"But I hope the republican thing doesn't occur."
Charles and Camilla are due to spend tonight at a dinner hosted by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.
They will spend Friday relaxing in Sydney before flying to Western Australia on Saturday.
- CHRIS CALCINO, APN NEWSDESK
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