Terri, Bob and Bindi Irwin meet Prince Charles on Lady Elliott Island.
Terri, Bob and Bindi Irwin meet Prince Charles on Lady Elliott Island. Mick Tsikas

Prince Charles meets the Coast's 'royal family'

IT was a case of British royalty meeting another "royal family" when Prince Charles bumped into the Irwins on Lady Elliott Island.

The Prince of Wales had received a hero's welcome from tourists when he landed on the island on Friday, before being greeted by Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin.

Dressed in their trademark khaki, they shared a laugh about how the prince was dressed in the same coloured suit.

Robert Irwin, a keen photographer, presented Prince Charles of Wales with a canvas of a photo he had taken of a sea turtle.

The prince then had the chance to hold a turtle hatchling, before he made his way to a meeting with some of Australia's most prominent business leaders.

Executives from BHP, Qantas and LendLease all gathered on the island for a round table discussion about how to better protect and save the Great Barrier Reef.

Prince Charles, a passionate conservationist, went on a boat tour before returning to Brisbane.



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