On Tuesday, the President of Singapore Halimah Yacub welcomed Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to the Istana where the headquarters of the government is held. There, the royal couple also met Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister and made a start on their visit to Singapore.
The couple crammed a lot into their short trip to Singapore, including a trip to the market in Tiong Bahru, a busy residential area. On Wednesday, scores of people flocked to the market to see Charles and Camilla, the small streets of the market were filled with visitors who wanted to catch a glimpse of the royals.
As soon as Charles and Camilla stepped out of their car, they were greeted by the local MP and stood to watch a routine by a lion dance troupe who were waiting to welcome the pair. Indranee Rajan, the MP, then took the couple into the crowded market for a tour.
The Royals were down to earth and spent time chatting with stall-holders, spending the most time with the owners of a flower stall. The florist, Pishon Toh, gave the Duchess a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the stall he owns with his mother. Prince Charles was eager to learn more about the floristry business from the owners and asked a number of questions. Pishon Toh said that it was an honour to meet the couple and was surprised at how crowded the market was on the day.
Charles and Camilla were in Singapore as part of an eleven-day tour of South East Asia and India which will also include Malaysia and Brunei. Clarence House has reported that the purpose of the trip is to “celebrate the U.K.’s partnership with these Commonwealth Nations on shared priorities in advance of the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018” and to promote business links.