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Royal News Round Up – 10th November

Posted by True Royalty TV Nigel Brown on Oct 26, 2020 3:32:43 PM


Prince Charles in Nigeria with Naomi Campbell

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall received a warm welcome during their visit to West Africa over the last five days. The tour has been a sensitive balancing act: both a celebration of the continent’s vibrant culture and a sombre time to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers from the Commonwealth in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

Nostalgia for Charles

Following their tour of Gambia, the Royal couple landed in Ghana. Although Prince Charles last visited Ghana in 1977 aged 28, this is the first visit for The Duchess. The Royal couple were welcomed to Accra at Jubilee House, the Presidential Palace.

Prince Andrew was in the country promoting The Duke of Edinburgh International Award and later joined Prince Charles and The Duchess in laying wreaths at a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, where The Duchess laid three posies in honour of soldiers from the Commonwealth. On the second day, while on a visit to Osu Castle, Prince Charles was shown a room where The Queen stayed when she visited in 1961.

Hitting the Dance Floor

In a nod to Ghana’s rich musical heritage, the couple were treated to a variety of performances at the Jamestown Cafe in Accra. One of the lucky few to meet Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall personally was DJ Switch – the ten-year-old female DJ who also had the honour of meeting Bill Gates earlier this year. In celebration of their trip, the Royals attended a state dinner on their final day, and took to the dance floor with Ghana’s President and First Lady.

Solo Engagements

Touching down in Abuja, Nigeria, the Royal couple briefly went their separate ways to engaging with issues close to their hearts. For Prince Charles, it was the environment; a visit to The British High Commissioner’s residence was first on the agenda, where he helped to plant a tree.

The Duchess of Cornwall took the opportunity to meet children at a literacy workshop as part of The Queen’s Essay Writing Competition. On the final day in Abuja, Prince Charles visited the National Nigerian Military Cemetery, to lay a wreath in memory of fallen Commonwealth soldiers.

Change of Schedule

Still in Nigeria, The Prince ended the tour in Lagos without The Duchess. They were scheduled to visit the city of Jos on the final day of their tour, but had to cancel the engagement due to security concerns arising from violent sectarian clashes in the city.

We Will Remember Them

This Sunday will mark one hundred years since the Armistice was signed and the First World War ended, with commemorations taking place at The Cenotaph in London. Prince Charles will lay a wreath on behalf of The Queen for the second consecutive year. All Royals are expected to attend the ceremony, which will be followed by another service at Westminster Abbey. However, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson has stated that there is “no expectation” for Prince Philip to attend, in light of his official retirement from Royal duties last year.

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