The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall joined Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh today for the opening ceremony of CHOGM 2015 and the official dinner.
The Royal Family and the 53 Heads of Government for the Commonwealth attended the event in Valletta, Malta. Each Head of Government was announced individually before the National Anthem of Malta was played and over 360 performers put on a traditional Maltese show. The Queen also made a speech, highlighting the importance of young people as a positive force in the Commonwealth.
The Queen and The Prince of Wales then attended a reception for the new Commonwealth Heads of Government. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nigeria's President Muhammad Buhari were among the guests present.
The Queen and HRH with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
The Duchess of Cornwall meanwhile visited St Thomas More College Primary School in Zejtun.
Her Royal Highness joined in with the pupils as they read stories and sang songs as part of the ‘Read With Me’ literacy programme.
The Duchess was presented with a painting done by the pupils before giving the school a bundle of books.
Her Royal Highness said: "I hope they will enjoy them as much as my grandchildren did.”
The Duchess of Cornwall is at St Thomas More School to hear about the Bookstart programme. #RoyalVisitMalta https://t.co/5FORrpHXHc
The Duchess of Cornwall is at St Thomas More School to hear about the Bookstart programme. #RoyalVisitMalta https://t.co/5FORrpHXHc— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) 27th November 2015
The Duchess then met veterans, cadets and service personnel in recognition of the contribution the Commonwealth forces have made. The event took place at the High Commissioner’s residence and Her Royal Highness took the time to talk to those present, including a group of Sea Cadets from HMS Bulwark.
The Prince of Wales attended an exhibition of finalists’ entries from the ‘Out of the Blue’ Photography Competition. The competition aims to highlight the beauty and importance of our blue world and invited Commonwealth members to share their best ocean photographs. His Royal Highness toured the display before announcing the overall winner of the competition. Ashley Wee from Canada won with her photograph ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’.
Shortly afterwards, The Prince attended a roundtable with youth delegates before speaking at a special session on climate change alongside UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and President Hollande of France.
In the evening, all four members of the Royal Family attended the official CHOGM dinner. After being greeted by Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat; Ban-Ki Moon and Sir John Major, the Royal quartet viewed a series of photographs from the Queen’s Jubilee Diamond Trust exhibition ‘Time to See’. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were then seated before toasts were made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sir John Major.