The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are to visit India at the start of November as part of a world tour to celebrate the UK’s partnerships with Commonwealth nations.
According to a statement released by Clarence House, their Royal Highnesses will travel to Singapore and Malaysia next month, before landing in India on November 8. The trip has been arranged at the request of the British government, ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Summit due to take place in London next April.
The Prince and The Duchess will fly into Delhi and are expected to attend a variety of engagements during their two days in the capital, including a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The prince’s statement said: “Their Royal Highnesses will undertake a number of engagements to underscore the strength and vitality of the UK-India relationship and the rich exchange of ideas between our two countries. In particular, there will be an opportunity to celebrate the vibrancy of our cultural collaboration in this, the UK-India Year of Culture.”
The full tour will take place over 10 days and involve almost 50 separate engagements. The aim is to highlight shared priorities, such as celebrating community, championing cultural diversity and business innovation. There will also be a particular focus on education and youth opportunity, and on sustainability and conservation.
Prince Charles and Camilla last toured India together in 2013. The nine-day trip marked the couple’s third official visit to the country and was their most extensive to date. The Prince of Wales has made eight previous official visits to India.
Main image: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at Birkhall. CREDIT: Oliver Dann