Prince William to get Aussie "sausage sizzle"

14th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Prince William will be treated to an Australian "snag sizzle", or sausage barbecue, when he visits areas of the country battered by floods and a cyclone this week, an official said Monday.

The royal, who will marry fiancee Kate Middleton next month, will forgo garden parties and cucumber sandwiches in favour of relaxed Aussie sausage sizzles when he visits disaster victims, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said.

"He'll go into the cyclone-affected areas in Tully and Innisfail and Cardwell, that area there and he'll be involved in a community event there, a sort of big sausage sizzle, barbecue type of event," the premier said.

"What's a visit to Australia without a sausage sizzle?" she told public broadcaster ABC.

The north Queensland coast was early last month hammered by top-strength Cyclone Yasi which wrought billions of dollars worth of damage when it pounded small coastal communities where roofs were ripped off and homes destroyed.

The prince, 28, who Bligh said wants to keep his visit to disaster victims informal, will visit residents whose mettle was last week tested again when their battered homes were flooded following torrential rains.

"I think a lot of people will get an opportunity to talk to him directly next weekend," Bligh said.

But William has also agreed to attend a much more formal Aus$500 (US$495) per head fundraiser in the state capital Brisbane on Sunday night to raise money for the premier's disaster relief fund, Bligh said.

Details of the prince's Australian itinerary have not yet been finalised, but he expected to visit disaster zones in Queensland and Victoria states.

Prince William is due to visit earthquake-devastated New Zealand on March 17 and 18, then travel to areas of Australia hit by a cyclone and floods from March 19 to 21.

© 2011 AFP

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