On Wednesday, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall received an official welcome from President Santos and his wife Marcia at the Palacio de Narino in Bogota.
During the official welcome The Prince and Duchess exchanged gifts with the President and his wife.
Camilla received a pair of gold and emerald earrings and Charles was gifted a walking stick adorned with a silver dove, a sign towards peace. Charles was given a walking stick with a silver dove on top, a symbol of the Colombian peace process.
The Royal couple gave the President a book on bagpipe music as the President enjoys playing the bagpipe as well as six Highgrove florilegium plates. The First Lady was gifted a silver and blue box with Camilla’s with an inscription of The Duchess of Cornwall’s cypher.
The hosts also were given a signed photo of Charles and his wife.
The Royal couple went on to separate engagements after their official welcome. Charles visited a vocational skills school while Camilla and the First Lady toured an arts and craft school.
Charles was shown a robotics demonstration during a portion of his visit to Escuela de Taller Vocational Skills School as well as tasted some of the dishes students prepared.
After his visit to the vocational school, The Prince of Wales as Vice Royal Patron attended a celebration marking the 75th Anniversary of the British Council in Colombia at the Gimnasio Moderno School in Bogota.
The Royal couple then reunited for a visit to an organic and urban sustainability fair at the British Ambassador’s residence in Bogota. It was during this event; Charles gave a speech for the organic and urban sustainability fair. A keen supporter and champion for the organic movement, The Prince noted:
“I cannot begin to tell you what an enormous pleasure it has been for my wife and I to see such a vibrant representation of Colombia’s sustainably sourced and organic products here this afternoon. I do have a little experience of my own in the field of organic farming and, having launched my own range of organic products – called Duchy Originals – some twenty-two years ago, I know just how difficult and challenging it can be to persuade people to invest in what can seem at times to be an incredibly risky business. So I did just want to congratulate the producers here today on their courage and vision in championing sustainable methods of production which preserve Colombia’s rich culinary and agricultural heritage for future generations.”
A reception and dinner hosted by the President and First Lady of Colombia at the Palacio de Narino, in Bogota was held for Charles and his wife later on Wednesday evening.
After a busy schedule in Bogota and La Macarena during the day, Charles and Camilla will then travel to Cartagena. Their Colombia leg of this visit ends Friday. They will have a day to rest on Saturday before travelling to Mexico City, Mexico on Sunday.
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