Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall had a very busy second day in Washington D.C on Thursday as they continued their whistle-stop tour of the American capital.
The first port of call for the royal couple was the Armed Forces Retirement Home where they were given the chance to visit Lincoln Cottage, situated on the grounds of the Retirement Home.
The Armed Forces Retirement Home was founded in 1991 after Congress merged the U.S Naval Home and the U.S Soldiers and Airmen’s Home into an independent establishment of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government named the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Over one thousand men and women currently reside at the home and are free to come and go as they please. There are extensive on site facilities including a swimming pool, gym, movie theatre and computer game room.
Lincoln’s Cottage is a national monument on the site of the Armed Forces Retirement Home and is located near the Petworth and Park View neighbourhoods of Washington D.C. Formally known as Anderson Cottage, President Abraham Lincoln and his family resided at the cottage to escape the heat and pressure of downtown Washington. Lincoln Cottage was the place where President Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Whilst at the Retirement Home, Charles and Camilla were given the chance to meet with a variety of retirees as well as view some of their amateur artwork. The royal party even found time to interrupt a few workout sessions in the on site gym on top of a game of ten-pin bowling, though Charles found this sport a little tricky when he was invited to have a go and even commented, “I haven’t done this for a long time.”
Perhaps the highlight of Charles and Camilla’s second day in Washington D.C was a trip to the White House where they were greeted in the Oval Office by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. President Obama told Prince Charles, “I think its fair to say that the American people are quite fond of The Royal Family. They like them better than they like their own politicians.”
The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States and has been the residence of every President since John Adams in 1800. During the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington and destroyed much of the interior as well as charring the exterior. Reconstruction on the residence began almost immediately and President James Monroe moved in to the partially reconstructed Executive Residence.
Whilst meeting with the President, Prince Charles spoke of his visit to Mount Vernon on Wednesday. He told President Obama, “I went there 45 years ago, in 1970. So it was fantastic. It is very special there.” Mount Vernon is the Virginia estate of the first President of the United States, George Washington.
Following the White House meeting, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall parted ways as they participated in separate engagements. Charles went on to attend an event for the Marshall Scholars program whilst Camilla went on to attend a reception at the National Museum for Women in the Arts.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom and up to forty scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study.
The National Museum for Women in the Arts was founded in 1987 and is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognising women’s creative contributions.
On the royal couple’s final day in Washington, Prince Charles was set to also give a speech at the International Conservation Caucus Foundation Awards.
From Washington D.C, Charles and Camilla will travel to Louisville, Kentucky.