Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have brought their latest India visit to a close following an action-packed two days in the capital.
Their Royal Highnesses touched down at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday having spent the previous eight days touring Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo. Despite the short duration of their visit, Charles and Camilla found time for 10 separate engagements. After being welcomed to Delhi by British High Commissioner, Sir Dominic Asquith, they attend a British Council-hosted event to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture.
The pair were treated to artistic performances and music recitals, and also took the opportunity to help plant a Banyan tree in order to commemorate 70 years of the British Council in India. Later in the day Prince Charles and Camilla attended Hyderabad House for a meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
A private meeting between the prince and the prime minister followed, during which the pair were expected to discuss a range of issues. The discussion is likely to have centred on trade between the UK and India, the environment and the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018, set to take place in London next April.
Prime minister Modi has already received a letter from the Queen inviting him to attend next April’s meeting in the UK. Prince Charles was expected to follow-up his mother’s request with a personal invitation yesterday.
Speaking earlier at the High Commissioner’s reception in New Delhi, Prince Charles said: “The Commonwealth, built as it is on a firm foundation of shared associations and values, offers us an unparalleled means to build bridges between our countries, and fairer societies within them, so that understanding and aspiration might be the inheritance of the generations that follow us.
“Ladies and gentlemen, as I discussed with Prime Minister Modi when he was generous enough to host me for dinner yesterday evening, as the world’s largest democracy, India’s role in all of this could not be more crucial, nor her contribution to the Commonwealth more essential. In so many areas – such as Prime Minister Modi’s impressive and admirable focus on renewable energy – India offers a compelling example for others to follow.
“The world can learn so much from India today as, indeed, it has done throughout history – and, ladies and gentlemen, as I have done myself throughout my own life.”
The couple were expected to complete a small number of other engagements in the city before flying back to the UK.