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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall host a pre-tour reception

24th October 2013

Their Royal Highnesses host a pre-tour reception

Their Royal Highnesses and guests watch singer-songwriter Navin Kundra perform

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were given good wishes today ahead of their trip to India and Sri Lanka next month.

Their Royal Highnesses hosted a reception for members of British Indian and Sri Lankan communities at St. James's Palace.

They will make a nine-day visit to India next month before moving on to Sri Lanka, where The Prince will represent The Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

His Royal Highness has been an active supporter of the Commonwealth for over 40 years.

This visit will be Their Royal Highnesses third official visit to India together.

In their most extensive visit to India to date, The Prince and The Duchess will travel to Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi where they will meet India's top political, business and cultural leaders.

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Their Royal Highnesses host a pre-tour reception for India and Sri Lanka

The Prince of Wales speaks to Sanjeev Bhaskar and Gurinder Chadha at the pre-tour reception

The Prince of Wales speaks to Sanjeev Bhaskar and Gurinder Chadha at the pre-tour reception

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Through his charity, the British Asian Trust, His Royal Highness works to facilitate long-term improvement in south Asia's health and prosperity.

The Trust works with a number of celebrity ambassadors, and those attending today's event included comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar, former EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, Holby City actor Hari Dhillon and film director Gurinder Chadha.

There was also a short performance by British Asian pop star Navin Kundra, who sang three numbers including Mehbooba, a big hit in the British Asian chart.

He drew appreciative laughter from the audience when he persuaded The Prince to say the Hindi word to The Duchess - it means "beloved".

The 28-year-old singer, from Coventry, said afterwards: "It was amazing to perform here. It's been quite an experience."

Remarks by Simon Martin, Deputy Private Secretary to TRH on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on the upcoming tour to India, Sri Lanka and The Prince representing Her Majesty The Queen at the 2013 CHOGM

Published on 16th October 2013

We are announcing this morning that TRH will be making a nine day visit to India from 6th – 14th November, which is His Royal Highness' 65th birthday, then moving on that day to Sri Lanka from 14th – 16th November where The Prince will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Starting with India, this will be The Prince of Wales's seventh, and The Duchess of Cornwall's third official visit to the country on behalf of the British Government. This highlights the importance of India both to Their Royal Highnesses personal and to the British Government. Their last visit was in 2010, when The Prince attended the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on behalf of The Queen. Their visit before then was in 2006.

The frequency of these visits reflects the importance the British Government attaches its relationship with India, as I'm sure you don’t need me to tell you has one of the world's fastest growing economies and also the Commonwealth's most populous country. This will be Their Royal Highnesses' most extensive visit to India to date. They will carry out engagements in Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi. Three of these cities are places that Their Royal Highnesses have not previously visited officially.

In terms of key themes, they will undertake a broad range of engagements to promoting the very strong and growing UK-India partnership in many areas including conservation, education, women's empowerment and training. They will also have the opportunity to celebrate India's religious di ...

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