Charles and Camilla land in the US


Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain’s special relationship with America will be given a boost by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s US tour, the UK’s Ambassador has suggested.

Charles and Camilla arrived in Washington yesterday evening for a four-day trip that will help strengthen the close ties between the two countries.

The royal couple are making their third joint official visit to America and will spend much of their time in the capital Washington highlighting a range of issues and celebrating historic milestones.

America’s president Barack Obama will sit down for informal talks with Charles and Camilla in his famous Oval office tomorrow and will be joined by his vice president Joe Biden.

The prince last met the president in May 2011, a few days after the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when the world leader confessed the glittering occasion had left America mesmerised.

Sir Peter Westmacott said before the prince’s plane touched down: “I am so pleased to welcome The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall back to the United States, ten years after their first official visit together.

“Their trip to Washington and Kentucky will showcase the best of the transatlantic relationship – promoting democratic values, combating climate change, preserving the natural environment, creating opportunities for the next generation – and provide yet another reminder of the essential role the Royal Family play in keeping that relationship special.”

Strong winds buffeted the royal couple and blew the duchess’ hair about as they stepped from their chartered plane and headed done the steps at Andrews air force base near Washington – home to the US president’s jet Air Force One.

Sir Peter had hoped to greet the royal couple on the tarmac but his car was delayed by a traffic accident on the way to the air force base and he turned back to be sure he could host a reception for his guests.

Charles and Camilla, who wore a Bruce Oldfield dove grey coat and dress, were welcomed by Ian Wiggins instead, deputy head of the British embassy’s political office.

Highlights of the trip include a tour of Mount Vernon – home of America’s first president George Washington – and Charles will receive an award for exceptional leadership in conservation from the International Conservation Caucus Foundation.

The visit will see the royal couple mark major milestones, from the 150th anniversary of the end of the American civil war and death of president Abraham Lincoln, to the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carat.

Charles and Camilla will also visit the home city of renowned boxer Muhammad Ali.

Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky and the royal couple will tour the city which features a cultural centre dedicated to the life and achievements of the three-time former heavyweight boxing champion.

Today Charles will mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta during a visit to the National Archives where he will view the “Charters of Freedom” and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta, which is embodied in the American Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

He will also give a speech to representatives of major companies, leading environmental organisations and government – including Global Ocean Commission co-chairman David Miliband – gathered together to look at the issue of plastic waste in seas and oceans.

Meanwhile Camilla will visit the Shakespeare Theatre Company where she will tour the theatre, meet staff and children who use the theatre and then view a short production by the company’s Text Alive programme.

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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