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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – whose pick, Mount Athos, ran in a handy fifth in last week's Melbourne Cup – is keen to beat Flemington's odds next year.
Chatting amiably with journalists after a well-attended Armistice Day ceremony at the Cenotaph at the Auckland War Memorial Museum this afternoon, the Duchess indicated she could not resist backing the Irish five year old, who looked in with a strong chance.
Maybe next time, she laughed, through a touch of the sniffles.
Accompanying her husband Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, on her first visit to New Zealand, Camilla wore a black suit and black hat – the latter getting in the way during a series of welcoming hongis.
Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the Queen on the 94th anniversary of the end of World War One, before the couple spent time greeting and chatting to some of the large crowd, including war veterans and various representatives of the armed forces.
Wellwishers thronged around the couple, who arrived in Auckland last night and will continue a busy series of engagements in Auckland, Wellington, Fielding and Christchurch this week before flying home.
Watch raw video of Prince Charles and Camilla meeting NZ war veterans here.