Royals attend ceremony to rename road after Queen

Royals attend ceremony to rename road after Queen

Royals attend ceremony to rename road after Queen

Updated 10 November 2012, 13:31 AEST

Prince Charles and Camilla have attended a ceremony in Canberra to re-name a street in honour of the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee year.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are in Canberra for the final day of their six-day Australian tour.

Parkes Place, a road flanked by the national flags of all foreign embassies in Canberra, will now be known as Queen Elizabeth Terrace.

The Prince and Duchess unveiled a new plaque to mark the occasion.

Several hundred people turned out to see the Royal couple, who were met by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Ms Gillard paid tribute to the Queen's role in Australia's national history in her welcome address.

"No head of state could be more worthy of this honour," she said.

"And no nation could more freely or gratefully bestow it."

The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall have also met members of the crowd who gathered for the ceremony.

The royal couple's next stop will be government house for a formal meeting with Ms Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott before a luncheon hosted by the Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

The royal couple's final official duty will be to lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial, before they fly to New Zealand.