William visits Forbidden City

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Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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The Duke of Cambridge will visit Beijing’s Forbidden City as his tour of China continues.

William arrived in the country yesterday for a high profile four-day trip – the first by a senior member of the Royal Family since the Queen’s 1986 state visit.

He will be taken on a tour of Beijing’s Forbidden City, the imperial palace complex of successive Chinese emperors for centuries.

The visit will put a spotlight on the Prince of Wales’ uneasy relationship with the country and raise questions about why he has yet to make an official visit to the republic.

Charles’ dealings with China have been troubled in the past, particularly after he described its leaders as ”appalling old waxworks” in a leaked diary.

The Duke is also due to be officially welcomed by a senior member of the Chinese government who has not been named.

If he is seen by the country’s leader President Xi Jinping the meeting will be significant and go a long way to improving diplomatic relations with the nation.

Highlights of the visit will see William – who has campaigned strongly to end the illegal trade in ivory and other endangered animal products – travel to Yunnan province on Wednesday where 250 wild Asian elephants still roam free.

He will give a speech at a regional wildlife and conservation conference after seeing a rescued elephant and learning how local communities live alongside the large animals.

Later today William will fly to Shanghai where he will launch the three-day Great Festival of Creativity at the city’s Long Museum.

It will promote British commercial creativity and innovation to a high-profile business audience from the UK, China and beyond, to create opportunities for British companies to break into one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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