HRH Prince Charles visits the Bundaberg Rum distillery in Australia

His Royal Highness Prince Charles returns to the Bundaberg Rum distillery as part of his tour around Australia.


Friday 6 April 2018 will be a day for the history books for Diageo Australia and its local star brand Bundaberg Rum as His Royal Highness Prince Charles returned to the Bundaberg Rum distillery after his first visit 24 years ago in 1994. Prince Charles and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk were hosted by Bundaberg Distilling Co. Chair Kylie McPherson and the Distillery’s Visitor Experience Operations Manager Duncan Littler for a private tour and Blend Your Own Rum experience.

In Prince Charles’ own words in a speech given to the crowd on the grounds of the distillery: “I'm thrilled that this Distillery's proving to be the one that produces some of the most famous and special of all rums around the world."

Prince Charles was guided through a tasting in the Bundaberg Rum Barrel House after which he proceeded to blend his own Bundaberg Rum.

Prince Charles at the Bundaberg Rum distillery

Photo credit: Arthur Edwards The Sun, London

Kylie McPherson, said: “His Royal Highness Prince Charles was a charming and delightful guest and unsurprisingly given his passion for environmental protection and sustainability, he was particularly interested to hear of Bundaberg Rum’s green credentials. I shared with His Royal Highness details of our zero waste to landfill policy, our 100 per cent green steam usage and our reductions in water use and carbon emissions.

“He was complimentary of our efforts to support the community following the devastating effects of natural disasters in the Bundaberg region in past years including the floods in 2011 that saw us raise $500,000 in donations through the sale of our special release Watermark rum, and more recently 2013 that saw us donate or raise $450,000 for the Red Cross Queensland Flood Appeal.

“Prince Charles was also impressed at our single estate distillery status that includes making the world’s best rum on-site.”

As part of the celebrations, the distillery also hosted a large community event titled the Big Bundy BBQ where Prince Charles gave an impromptu speech to wrap up a historic day for Australia’s most iconic rum brand.

Find out more about Bundaberg Rum here.