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  • The Duchess of Cornwall in South Africa
  • The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit the Galapagos Islands
  • Children wait to greet Their Royal Highnesses
  • The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on an overseas visit

Every year, Their Royal Highnesses travel abroad at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to further British diplomatic interests, raise the UK’s profile and promote British excellence.

Overseas visits enable Their Royal Highnesses to familiarise themselves with a wide range of international issues and to meet Heads of State and senior officials.

When travelling overseas, The Duchess often undertakes solo engagements that are related to her charities and interests such as literacy and osteoporosis.

Commonwealth countries account for a large part of Their Royal Highnesses' overseas travel schedule. As part of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, The Prince and The Duchess visited Canada in May 2012 followed by Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand in November 2012.

In November 2013, at the request of the FCO The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited India and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, The Prince of Wales represented Her Majesty The Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Their Royal Highnesses also visited Canada in 2014, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of His Royal Highness to The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.

In 2014, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Mexico and Colombia at the request of the British Government and following invitations from President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico.

In March 2015, Their Royal Highnesses travelled to the United States of America for their third joint visit.

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