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At the request of the British Government, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit France and Greece between 7th and the 11th May. In France, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the cities of Nice and Lyon; in Greece their programme will focus on Athens and the island of Crete.

 

Clarence House has worked closely with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the British Embassies in Paris and Athens, and with the host governments and local authorities in each country, to design a programme that demonstrates the depth, breath and strength  of these enduring and very important relationships. 

 

In Nice, The Prince and The Duchess will commemorate the dreadful terrorist attack on the Promenade des Anglais in July 2016 and demonstrate the strength of solidarity between the people of the United Kingdom and the people of France in the face of the ongoing terrorist threat. Their Royal Highnesses will meet survivors of the attack and families of some of the victims, as well as members of the emergency services and others involved in helping those who were affected. 

 

Later Their Royal Highnesses will attend a reception to celebrate the longstanding ties between the United Kingdom and that particular part of France and the vibrant people-to-people links between us.

In Lyon, on V.E. Day, The Prince and The Duchess will jointly attend an event to commemorate seventy-three years since the end of the Second World War in Europe and to acknowledge the particular role that Lyon played as a centre of the French Resistance.

His Royal Highness will later visit The International Police Organization (INTERPOL) to highlight the role that INTERPOL plays in tackling organised crime and other threats and the active role of the United Kingdom and France role in international police cooperation.

Also in Lyon – widely recognized as France's Capital of Gastronomy - Their Royal Highnesses will attend an event to celebrate the city's rich culinary traditions.

Lyon, which also hosts France's second largest student population, is home to some of France's leading universities and His Royal Highness will visit the ISARA University which specialises in agronomy (the science of using plants for food, fuel and fibre), food and environmental studies.

The Duchess of Cornwall, a longstanding supporter of charities helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, will visit a local NGO providing assistance to women.

Their Royal Highnesses will then travel to Greece where they will start their first official joint visit to Greece with a wreath-laying ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens' Syntagma Square, before being received at the Presidential Mansion by the President of the Hellenic Republic and his wife. The Prince will later be received by the Prime Minister of Greece.  

Later that evening The Prince and The Duchess will attend an Official Dinner hosted by The President. The following morning The Prince of Wales will be received by The Archbishop of Athens.

During their second day in Greece Their Royal Highnesses will pay their respects at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Phaleron where His Royal Highness will lay a wreath.

The Prince will then visit the port of Piraeus for a series of engagements to celebrate the UK and Greece's longstanding maritime relationship. His Royal Highness will visit the Averoff, a Greek armoured cruiser which forms part of The Hellenic Navy and which played a key part during the First and Second World Wars, and meet cadets from the Hellenic Naval Academy. The Prince will also see the HNS Olympias, a full-scale replica of an ancient Greek 'Trireme'.

His Royal Highness will visit HMC Valiant, a UK Border Agency 'cutter' currently deployed in the Aegean Sea, where it works with  The Hellenic Coastguard to respond to security and humanitarian challenges. There will also be a Royal Navy vessel in port at the time, which His Royal Highness will visit.

His Royal Highness will then attend a reception as part of a British Council Conference which celebrates and showcases the strong connection between Greece and The United Kingdom in the field of education and later that evening Their Royal Highnesses will attend a reception hosted by Her Majesty's Ambassador to Athens.

The Spouse of the Greek Prime Minister has invited Her Royal Highness to join her on a visit to the Benaki Museum, which showcases Greek art and culture from prehistoric to modern times. The Duchess will then visit the scenic Kaisariani Monastery located on Mount Hymettus overlooking Athens, to join school children taking part in activities to mark Athens' role as UNESCO World Book Capital for 2018.

The Duchess will then visit a local shelter in Athens which provides assistance for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Their Royal Highnesses will end their visit to Greece on Friday 11th May with a visit to Crete where The Prince and The Duchess will visit the Knossos archaeological site and see some of the archaeological work of the British School at Athens of which the Prince is Patron. Their Royal Highnesses will also visit a local NGO which supports migrant families in Crete and helps them to find accommodation and integrate with the local community.

Their Royal Highnesses will end their visit to Greece with a celebration of local produce, culture and heritage.