Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will make a nine day visit to India Wednesday 6 - Thursday 14 November before moving on to Sri Lanka where The Prince will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
In their most extensive visit to India to date, Their Royal Highnesses will undertake a broad range of engagements to promote the strong UK-India partnership in key areas such as conservation, education, growing business links, women’s empowerment and training. They will also have the opportunity to celebrate religious diversity, creativity and the vibrant individual family ties between the two countries.
The Royal itinerary includes official calls on both the President and Vice President of India, meetings with senior business leaders in Mumbai, and receptions for civic, business and cultural leaders in all the major locations of the tour: Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi.
Their Royal Highnesses will visit a world-leading inoculation factory in Pune, a ground-breaking mobile crèche in Mumbai and one of the world’s largest Hindu temples in New Delhi. They will also mark Remembrance Sunday while in India.
The programme includes a visit to the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth in Kochi, a boat trip through a mangrove conservation area in Mumbai and visits to three world renowned institutions in Dehradun: The Indian Military Academy, The Forest Research Institute and the Doon School, where local women are being helped to finance their own self-employment projects. In Kerala, the Prince will make an off-road trip into an “elephant corridor.”
Their Royal Highnesses will also have an opportunity to enjoy something of the breath-taking scenery in Kerala on a private day.
The Prince of Wales has made seven official visits to India. This will be The Duchess of Cornwall’s third official visit to India, having previously accompanied His Royal Highness in both 2006 and 2010.
The Clarence House Press Office today released a feature about The Prince’s previous visits to South Asia on the award-winning website. See the feature with photos of The Prince’s previous visits
Marcus Winsley, Director
Press and Communications
British High Commission,
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