Clarence House has announced that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend ten days in Asia at the beginning of next month, visiting Singapore, Malaysia and India.
The visit, which is being made is at the request of the British Government, will celebrate the United Kingdom’s partnership with the three Commonwealth Nations ahead of Commonwealth Summit in 2018.
Their Royal Highnesses will begin their tour in Singapore on Tuesday 31st October where they will be welcomed by President Halimah Yacob at a ceremony at the Istana – the official residence and office of the President. Charles and Camilla will also meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong before attending an official dinner.
During their stay in the country, the heir to the throne will meet representatives from Singapore’s ten national religions to highlight community cohesion. He and Camilla will also attend an event examining collaboration between the UK and Singapore to create new jobs; a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of British, Singaporean and Commonwealth personnel who gave their lives during conflict and an engagement which celebrates UK-Singapore cultural collaborations.
In addition to the above engagements, the Duchess of Cornwall will visit a school where she will meet young people hoping to be part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition – the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition. Her Royal Highness will present certificates to the winners and runners-up at an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November.
The Prince of Wales last visited Singapore in an official capacity in 1979. This tour will be the Duchess of Cornwall’s first official visit to the country.
Following on from their stay in Singapore, the couple’s next stop will be Malaysia where they will arrive in Kuala Lumpur on 3rd November.
While in the country, Charles and Camilla will attend a Gala Dinner celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties between the UK and Malaysia. This event will be attended by dignitaries in Malaysia and will include a celebration of the Commonwealth ahead of the Commonwealth Summits which will be held in the UK in 2018 and Malaysia in 2020 respectively.
Their Royal Highnesses will also visit Sarawak and Perak. Prince Charles will observe a passion of his, looking at how the country protects and promotes wildlife conservation and the protection of biodiversity. The Duchess of Cornwall will also conduct engagements close to her heart, including a meeting of representatives of Purple Lily, a Non-Governmental Organisation which inspires and empowers disadvantaged women through education.
This visit will be Charles and Camilla’s first official visit to Malaysia.
On 8th November, Charles and Camilla will conclude their tour of India with a visit to India. Here, Their Royal Highnesses will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and will undertake engagements to celebrate the UK/India Year of Culture.
Prince Charles has made eight previous official visits to India. The Duchess of Cornwall has previously accompanied her husband in 2006, 2010 and 2013.
Following the release of information regarding Their Royal Highnesses’ upcoming tour, it would appear that plans for the couple to visit Myanmar have been shelved.
It was reported last month that the Prince of Wales would visit the country during a wider tour of the region.
The government was called upon to cancel any plans for a visit following international uproar over allegations that ethnic cleansing of Muslims is taking place.