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Day two in Mexico with Prince Charles and Camilla

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall embarked on separate events today before joining together to receive an official welcome from President Enrique Pena Nieto and the First Lady at the Palacio National in Mexico City.

During the official welcome, The President and Prince Charles launched the Year of the UK in Mexico 2015.

The Royal couple went on to attend a reception to celebrate the launch of “The Year of the U.K. in Mexico 2015 at San Ildefonso College.

Before joining the reception, Charles and his wife viewed an evolutionary botanic garden, met with students and observed a UK Trade and Industry exhibition.

Earlier on Monday, Charles visited the Chinampas (floating farms) in Xochimilco. A Chinampa is a type of agriculture using small, rectangular areas of fertile arable land to grow crops on the shallow lake beds.

The Prince travelled to the farms via a punt. A punt is a flat-bottomed boat designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water.

During his visit Charles viewed the seeding process and met with some of the chinamperos (farmers). The Prince was not deterred he was in a suit and participated in a bit of gardening himself.

The next event had Charles visit the Museo Dolores Olmedo and view works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. He also attended a reception for the Kew Foundation Seed Bank Initiative in Mexico. The Prince then met Mr. Enrique Olvera, a well-known Mexican chef and sample various Mexican dishes.

The Duchess of Cornwall had an unannounced visit planned on Monday. The Duchess visited a safe house for victims of sex trafficking.

Camilla has been keen to raise awareness of the issue of sexual assault through numerous unannounced visits to rape crisis centres to meet with staff and clients using the confidential services.

This past June, The Duchess of Cornwall and actress Angelina Jolie, both advocates of the plight of rape victims met to discuss their work to better the lives of those who have endured sexual abuse.

On Tuesday, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Edzná Archaeological Site in Campeche. Charles will visit the Mangrove Biosphere Reserve and later in the day, the Royal couple will visit the Central Plaza in Campeche.

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