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The Prince of Wales attends a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day as Their Royal Highnesses spend a final day in Bahrain

11th November 2016

The Prince of Wales attends a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day in Bahrain

The Prince of Wales attends a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day in Bahrain

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall spent a final day in Bahrain as their Royal tour of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain came to an end.

This morning, His Royal Highness attended an Armistice Day Service of Remembrance and met senior military representatives and UK veterans who had gathered for the service. 

Towards the end, The Prince laid a wreath at the war memorial, followed by Bahraini representatives, foreign ambassadors and military officials. 

The first remembrance service was held in Bahrain in 1993. A service has been held every year since then in the Old Christian Cemetery, one of two Christian cemeteries on the islands.

The Prince then visited the Tubli Bay regeneration project and Ras Sanad mangrove forest, where he planted a mangrove seed.

Tubli Bay has faced a number of environmental pressures over the years which has negatively impacted its rich biodiversity. As a result, the Supreme Council for Environment has been working to conserve the Mangrove Forest and protect Tubli Bay from further degradation. 

During the visit, The Prince heard about the work being done to clean the water at the bay that was once left polluted.

The last engagement for His Royal Highness on the visit to Bahrain was the site of Southern New Town, a new housing community being built in Bahrain. The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, one of The Prince’s Charities, has advised the Ministry of Housing on the site’s development, including matters of walkability and sustainability.

 

The Duchess of Cornwall meets volunteers and staff at Dal Al Aman Woman's Refuge Centre

The Duchess of Cornwall meets volunteers and staff at Dal Al Aman Woman's Refuge Centre

Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Dar Al Amam women's refuge in Bahrain and spoke to workers involved in helping women who have suffered abuse in the home.

Since 2009, Her Royal Highness has worked to raise awareness of the issues facing those affected by sexual violence and domestic abuse and has visited many centres and refuges around the world to highlight work in this area.

Speaking after the Royal visit, Refuge Director Huda Ebrahim Al Mahmood said: "We are not giving up - us women never give up. We are trying and trying hard to help people as much as we can."

The Duchess then watched a rehearsal of the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bahrain National Theatre and met principal dancers from the company.

The Bahrain National Theatre sits next to the National Museum. It has a main auditorium that seats 1,000 people and an outdoor hall overlooking a lake.

The performance will be the first of the Bolshoi Ballet, which is based in Moscow and was founded in 1776, in Bahrain.

Their Royal Highnesses received a Guard of Honour as they arrived at Sakhir Air Base in the afternoon for their departure from Bahrain.