The British Government has asked The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to undertake an official visit to Saudi Arabia in March 2013.
The visit will be part of Their Royal Highnesses’ nine-day tour between 11th-19th March, which will also include Jordan, Qatar and Oman (details of which were announced on 13th February), and will involve engagements in Riyadh and Jeddah.
The visit to Saudi Arabia will help to strengthen the United Kingdom’s bilateral relations with a key partner in the region, relations which are underpinned by the close personal friendship that exists between Their Royal Highnesses and the Saudi Royal Family.
The themes of the visit include military links between the Saudi and UK Armed Forces, opportunities for women in Saudi society, education, faith, and commercial partnerships. While in Riyadh, Their Royal Highnesses will meet members of the Saudi parliament, known as the Majlis Ash-Shura, including the institution’s recently appointed first women members. The programme in Jeddah will include a visit to the headquarters of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.