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Charles and Camilla begin visit to Mexico

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived Sunday in Mexico for a four-day visit. Their first stop was a cemetery to mark the Day of the Dead.

The Prince and Duchess landed in Mexico City and were scheduled to visit to the mountain town of Real del Monte in the central state of Hidalgo after their five-day tour of Colombia.

Crowds gathered on the streets of Real del Monte waiting for the Royal couple. The town is considered as the birthplace of the British and Mexican relationship.

Sunday marks the Day of the Dead, a Mexican public holiday when people gather to remember and pray for family and friends members who have died as well as visit their graves.

Charles and Camilla, who are styled as The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall whilst in Cornwall, visited the English cemetery, Panteon Ingles in Real del Monte. The cemetery contains nearly 300 tombs of Cornish miners and their descendants dating back to 1834.

The Cornish cemetery also contains the only known British First World War memorial in Mexico. Charles and his wife laid a wreath at the memorial of Private John Vial, a Cornish immigrant who died on the Somme.

Charles and Camilla were able to view cultural displays marking the Day of the Dead at Real del Monte’s Zocalo. Whilst there, the Royal couple viewed a Day of the Dead floral carpet exhibition and meet local artisans. They went on to watch a pre-Hispanic dance exhibition, met with the dancers and had a chance to see a collection of Day of the Dead altars and met their creators.

They then went on to visit Escuela Publica Secundaria Magatzzi, (Secondary School). There they watched professional footballers from Pachuca Football Club train schoolchildren.

Charles and his wife also made a stop to the town’s cathedral and left an offering on an altar to the dead in the town square.

The final event of the day saw the Royal couple visit the Real del Monte’s Pasty Museum.

In 1825, miners from Cornwall set sail for Mexico to help restart the country’s silver industry. The miners also brought with them football and the recipe for Cornish pasty’s.
Mexicans have made pasties their own, calling them “pastes” and preparing them with local ingredients like beans or mole sauce instead of potatoes or curry as pasty’s are known.

This is fifth visit by The Prince of Wale’s to Mexico since 1966.

Charles and Camilla have a full schedule on Monday. One of the highlights will include the an official welcome from President Enrique Pena Nieto and the First Lady at the Palacio National, Mexico City. The President and The Prince will also launch the Year of the UK in Mexico 2015.

Photo Credits: Yuri Cortez and Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images

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