A duck and her ducklings in the pool of reflection.

A duck and her ducklings in the pool of reflection. Photo: Graham Tidy

THE AUSTRALIAN War Memorial has some special guests for the visit of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

A family of ducks, pictured, has just resumed residence in the Pool of Reflection which holds the eternal flame. The mother, with her new ducklings, returns to the memorial every year from Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin.

Memorial spokeswoman Marylou Pooley said staff looked forward to the duck family taking up residence. ''It is lovely to see new life in a commemorative area that represents so much sadness,'' she said on Saturday. ''This year, the timing of the ducklings' arrival is even more poignant.''