The Prince of Wales began his tour of India yesterday in New Dehli in what is his tenth official visit to the country. The jam-packed day saw several engagements covering an array of different topics; the trip has been billed as a celebration of “British-Indian connections with a focus on sustainability,” according to Clarence House.
The day included the Prince presenting Jolly Johnson with the Points of Light Award for her work. She is the founder of the Helping Hands Organisation that has over 12,000 volunteers assisting the differently-abled children in Kerala.
He also got a tour of the Control Room at the India Meteorological Department where he got to see how they work to alert the public of natural disasters and how important the early warning system is in combating the disasters’ impacts.
His Royal Highness also paid a visit to SUN Mobility where he got to take a ride on an e-rickshaw and “hear about their innovative designs for e-vehicle battery swapping stations,” according to UK in India.
The day also consisted of meeting winners for sustainable energy by Ashden, as well as a meeting with India’s President Rashtrapati Bhavan at his official residence before the pair went outside to the Herbal Garden to planting a tree to mark the visit.
Later, the Prince of Wales visited Bangla Sahib Gurdwara where he helped celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak – the founder of Hinduism. As part of the celebrations, he went to Langar Community Kitchen to see volunteers preparing chapati and cooking dal.
Of course with this month being the month of Remembrance, the Prince took part in a Remembrance Day service in the country where he laid a wreath to commemorate all those who have lost their lives serving their country.
Prince Charles was also in Mumbai where a meeting of the British Asian Trust took place, and pop music superstar Katy Perry also attended and heard about their work.
The visit to India continues today.