The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in India, 2013
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Singapore, Malaysia and India
30th October – 9th November 2017
Their Royal Highnesses' visit, which is at the request of the British Government, will celebrate the U.K.'s partnership with these Commonwealth Nations on shared priorities in advance of the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018.
The visits will highlight key themes including celebrating community, cultural diversity and promoting business innovation.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will begin the tour in Singapore on 31st October. Their Royal Highnesses will be welcomed by President Halimah Yacob at a ceremony at the Istana- the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong before attending an official dinner.
Key events in the programme will include a meeting with leaders from Singapore’s ten national religions in order to highlight Singapore's innovative approach to community cohesion; an event with representatives from British companies working in Singapore to see how a collaborative approach to research and innovation is creating jobs in both countries; a wreath-laying ceremony to acknowledge the sacrifices made by British, Singaporean and Commonwealth personnel during the two World Wars and other conflicts and an event to celebrate close UK-Singapore cultural collaborations.
The Duchess of Cornwall will also visit a school to meet young people aspiring to enter The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. The Duchess of Cornwall will present certificates to the 2017 winners and runners up, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, at a formal Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November.
On 3rd November, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will start their visit to Malaysia in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Key events in the programme include a Gala Dinner celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties between the UK and Malaysia, attended by senior dignitaries in Malaysia as well as key figures from business, arts, culture and media. The programme also includes a celebration of the Commonwealth in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Summits to be held in the U.K in 2018 and Malaysia in 2020.
The Prince and The Duchess will visit Sarawak and Perak. His Royal Highness will see first-hand the work being done to promote wildlife conservation and the protection of biodiversity. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet members of Sarawak's diverse indigenous communities. The Duchess of Cornwall will meet representatives of Purple Lily, a non-Governmental Organisation committed to inspiring and empowering disadvantaged women and young girls by providing life skills training and financial education.
Their Royal Highnesses will end their visit to Malaysia in Georgetown, Penang, originally named Prince of Wales Island. The Prince and The Duchess will have the opportunity to meet members of the different religious and ethnic communities who live side-by-side in the UNESCO World Heritage site, and to experience its rich cultural heritage.
On 8th November The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit India. In addition to a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Their Royal Highnesses will undertake various engagements to celebrate the UK/India Year of Culture.
Opening comments by Mr. Scott Furssedonn-Wood, Deputy Private Secretary for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall regarding Their Royal Highnesses' upcoming visit to the Singapore, Malaysia and India
Published on 4th October 2017
At the request of the British Government, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Singapore, Malaysia and India between 30th October and 9th November. Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to be returning to India and to be visiting Singapore and Malaysia for the first time together.
Across the ten days of the Tour, Their Royal Highnesses will undertake almost 50 engagements that showcase the breadth and depth of the United Kingdom's relationship with these key Commonwealth partners, in advance of the Commonwealth Summit in London next April.
The visit will 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.
Clarence House has worked closely with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the British High Commissions in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi, and with the host governments in each country, to design a programme that demonstrates the strength and significance of these relationships, and which reflect Their Royal Highnesses' deep personal interest and expertise on a range of issues.
Their Royal Highnesses' visit to Malaysia and Singapore will be the most high level British visits to those countries since the State Visits undertaken by Her Majesty' The Queen in 1998 and 2006 respectively. Their Royal Highnesses last visited India together in 2013.
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