Where on the Gold Coast would you find a palace fit for a future king?
The answer is the luxurious Palazzo Versace, which is exactly where Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are rumoured to have stayed for the Commonwealth Games opening this week.
The royal couple allegedly checked into a suite at the six star resort on Main Beach when they arrived on the Gold Coast ahead of Thursday’s opening ceremony.
They are in Queensland for official royal duties and anticipate returning home in time for the birth of Prince William and Princess Catherine’s third child.
The Palazzo Versace was built on the site of the former Fisherman’s Wharf, at a cost in excess of $200 million, and opened with much fanfare for the Sydney Olympics in September 2000.
It features 200 rooms, 72 privately-owned apartments, a vast ballroom, elegant water gardens and a private marina.
The design and furnishing was overseen by Versace in Milan, with the architecture intended as an homage to the French Riviera.
Hand-crafted marble mosaic floors and ornate ceilings adorn the most luxurious suites, while a magnificent chandelier owned by Gianni Versace takes pride of place in the hotel’s marbled lobby.
The Prince of Wales is merely the latest in a long line of noble visitors to hole up at the Palazzo.
The kings of Dubai and Abu Dhabi have both enjoyed extended stays, while music royalty U2, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Pink, Mariah Carey and Snoop Dogg have stayed and played there.
Sirs Rowan Atkinson, Anthony Hopkins and Jackie Stewart have all rested their knighted heads on the Palazzo’s feathered beds.