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Charles to get Hobbit film tour

The Prince of Wales will be given a behind the scenes look at the new blockbuster movie from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson during his Diamond Jubilee tour.

Charles will visit a leading workshop that created special effects for the much anticipated fantasy film - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The event is one of the highlights of the Prince's two-week tour with the Duchess of Cornwall to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign.

Camilla will be making her first trip to the three countries, in a private or public capacity, while Charles, a seasoned traveller, has visited the southern hemisphere nations many times.

The heir to the throne will meet the filmmaker on the day of his 64th birthday - November 14 - and be shown make-up props worn by actors including The Office star Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins - the lead role in The Hobbit.

A royal aide said that in the workshop, based in the New Zealand capital Wellington, Charles would "come face to face with rather extraordinary, rather terrifyingly in some cases, life-like prosthetics including the feet and hands of the Baggins family..."

The film receives its world premiere next month in New Zealand and the Prince will get a sneak preview of the movie - the first of a three-part instalment based on JRR Tolkien's much loved children's book.

The themes of the visit include service to the community, encouragement of economic growth and innovation, promotion of youth enterprise, celebration of sport in the community and support for the Armed Forces.

Speaking about the first leg of the tour to Papua New Guinea which begins on November 3 the aide added: "The visit is centred on the capital Port Moresby but also includes a visit to a nearby fishing village called Boera where a traditional and probably rather dramatic welcome is planned by the local inhabitants."

A royal aide said: "The theme of the Jubilee, as you'll know, is service to others and their royal highnesses are determined to meet as many people possible in the time available which is why we're trying to get around so many states and territories as we possibly can."

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