ROYAL FEVER: When and where to catch Charles in Bundy
BUNDABERG, get ready to roll out the red carpet because Prince Charles is headed this way.
The future king will soon visit the region as part of his schedule for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, thrusting Bundaberg into the world spotlight.
His Royal Highness will travel here on April 6, attending a community festival celebration at the iconic Bundaberg Rum Distillery, to be hosted by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
"I am delighted His Royal Highness will be able to hear first-hand stories of the brilliant resilience and recovery of Bundaberg, which has triumphed over its share of adversity in recent years," Ms Palaszczuk said.
Bundaberg Rum Distillery spokesman Duncan Littler said he couldn't give away too much about the festival plans, but revealed the free event would be open to Bundaberg residents and wider Queensland to meet Prince Charles.
"We are very excited," he said.
"This is actually not the first time the Prince has visited us at the distillery. He came here in the 1980s and we must have left a great impression because he is coming back for more.
"We look forward to showing him the changes we have made as well as the world-class liquor we have been creating."
Mr Littler said he thought Prince Charles would be eager to try the Bundaberg Rum Royal Liqueur options and was hoping he would take part in the Blend Your Own Rum experience.
"Imagine the Prince of Wales blend, it would be iconic," he said.
The last time he was in the region was February of 1994, when he chatted with local producers while enjoying a cuppa overlooking the Burnett River.
Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said this year's royal visit would be an amazing opportunity for Bundaberg and the Prince would be welcomed with open arms.
"There's a great opportunity to put Bundaberg on the world stage and the media attention that will flow with his visit will be immense.
"The imagery and backdrops of some of the locations he will be visiting will be inspiring to many."
At this stage it is not known whether Prince Charles will be joined by his wife, Duchess Camilla.