7 Feb 2014

Camilla backs Royal tour Down Under

6:25 am on 7 February 2014

Prince William and Kate are bound to have a great experience when they travel Down Under later this year, according to the Duchess of Cornwell.

Camilla, who travelled to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in late 2012 with Prince Charles, on Thursday said while she'd wanted to visit sooner, "aeroplanes aren't my favourite thing".

But, she told a Waitangi Day event at the New Zealand High Commission in London, she was glad she eventually made the journey because people had been "so warm and lovely".

"I can't wait to go back again," she told a lunch hosted by the New Zealand Women's Association.

"This April, William and Catherine are going, so I'm sure they'll have a great experience."

AAP reports the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and, most likely, baby Prince George, are to visit Australia and New Zealand.

Singer Hayley Westenra was among those at the reception who chatted briefly with Camilla about her 2012 trip.

Ms Westenra believes New Zealand's younger generations overwhelmingly support the royal family.

"During the Christchurch earthquake, Prince William came out to support the people of Christchurch and his presence was so appreciated by everyone," she said.

"People feel a strong connection with the royal family."