I feel better already! Charles receives spiritual blessing by didgeridoo master

The Prince of Wales declared he felt "better already" after being given a spiritual blessing by the world didgeridoo master in Australia.

On a tour of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre in Gove, which showcases the work of the area's indigenous people, Charles took part in a Yidaki healing ceremony, where a didgeridoo was blown close to his chest.

World-renowned didgeridoo master Djalu Gurriwiwi performed the 30-second blessing, after which Charles smiled and said: "I feel better already!"

(Phil Noble/PA)
(Phil Noble/PA)

Wearing a stone-coloured suit and brown shoes, Charles spoke to people whose work was displayed at the centre and admired their intricate pieces.

(Phil Noble/PA)
(Phil Noble/PA)

At one point, Charles could not contain his amusement when a woman's phone rang just as he was about to shake her hand.

"Shall we see who it is?," he joked.

(Phil Noble/PA)
(Phil Noble/PA)

Earlier, Charles had been given a traditional indigenous welcome when he arrived in the Northern Territory.

Stepping off the plane he was handed a woomera - a traditional spear-throwing device - as he was greeted by aboriginal leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu.

He went on to take part in a colourful welcome ceremony where he was presented with a feather-stringed headdress, called a Malka String, and a string basket known as a Bathi.

Prince Charles was presented with a Malka feather headdress as he was welcomed to East Arnhem Land, on the Gove peninsula, by the Rirratjingu indigenous people pic.twitter.com/nC0YphH1Mk

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Charles remarked how it was the furthest north he had travelled in Australia before joining a procession and watching the singing and dancing of the Rirratjingu people atop sacred Nhulun Hill.

His visit to Gove came on the penultimate day of his week-long tour of Australia.

He is now due to head to Darwin, before flying home on Tuesday.

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