Charles and Camilla show off table tennis skills on tour of Commonwealth Games athletes' village

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit Queensland

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit Queensland

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall tried their hands at table tennis as they toured the athletes' village at the Commonwealth Games - with Camilla joking that she would "leave it to the professionals".

The duchess, wearing a pale pink loose-fitted dress and a scarf adorned with two koala brooches, gamely picked up a bat to test her skills against Australian boxers Anja Stridsman and Caitlin Parker.

She was joined by Lucy Turnbull, the wife of Australia's prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, but, with a laugh and a smile, the Duchess concluded: "I think I'll leave it to the professionals."

But Ms Parker, 21, declared: "She smashed it!"

Ms Stridsman, 30, added: "It was a pretty special moment. I feel ready for my match now I've played royalty."

As the tour of the village's games room continued, Camilla did not stop there.

Picking up a pool cue, she looked bemused - but Australian shot put para-athlete Marty Jackson was on hand to help her out and show her how to use it.

Meanwhile, her husband spent a few moments testing out his own table tennis skills against a Bangladeshi athlete.

As the ping pong ball dropped off the table, he threw his hands up in the air with a smile.

Earlier, the couple had arrived at the athletes' village on Australia's Gold Coast to crowds of competitors and staff, all eager to catch a glimpse.

Charles is on a seven-day tour of Australia, with the duchess joining him for the first three days.