Prince Charles landed in Singapore to start his and the Duchess of Cornwall’s 11-day, multi-country tour. The Duchess had arrived before the future king as she was on holiday.
The two didn’t shy away from the spotlight giving each other a kiss after being apart. They then got down to business greeting Commonwealth Games athletes and para-athletes who will be competing in the 2018 games.
Yip Pin Xiu, 25, Singapore’s most decorated para-athlete who competes in swimming had a chance to speak to Prince Charles. Speaking to Hello! afterwards, she said: “It’s great the baton has the Queen’s message inside, and it’s travelling all around the Commonwealth countries. It’s really special to hold something that has been touched by the Queen.”
A team member of Singapore’s national table tennis team, Clarence Chew, 21 handed Prince Charles the Commonwealth baton. Encased in the baton is The Queen’s message which Prince Charles will read to the athletes when he declares the opening of the games in Australia come April.
The Royal Couple will be in Singapore for a total of four days. Today, they will receive a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace where they will meet with President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
They will also honour soldiers of World War One and Two with a wreath laying at the cenotaph before having an orchid named after them. Tuesday will send with a State Banquet.
The trip included multiple stops in Singapore, Malaysia and India with highlights such as a gala dinner in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Malaysian independence, meeting with tribespeople on Borneo island and visiting a UNESCO World Heritage site, Penang’s George Town.
The purpose of the trip is to “showcase the breadth and depth of the United Kingdom’s relationship with these key Commonwealth partners in advance of a Commonwealth summit in London next April”.
The Commonwealth summit is expected to play host to 50 different countries.