Between 31st October and 8th November, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, at the request of the British Government, will visit the Republic of The Gambia, the Republic of Ghana and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Their Royal Highnesses’ visit will celebrate the U.K.’s historic ties with these three Commonwealth nations but also our dynamic contemporary partnerships with each of them, in areas ranging from business to the arts; defence co-operation to medical research. The Tour will also highlight the strength of the people-to-people links between our countries and the invaluable contribution that they make to our shared prosperity and security.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will begin their tour in The Gambia on 31st October with a programme that will celebrate The Gambia's re-entry into the Commonwealth in February this year. Their Royal Highnesses will meet the President of The Gambia, His Excellency Mr. Adama Barrow, who will formally welcome them to the country in a ceremony in McCarthy Square in the capital, Banjul.
Key engagements will include a visit to the Medical Research Council (M.R.C), a research unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which undertakes world-leading research into malaria and other diseases which affect millions of people across Africa. The visit by The Prince of Wales at the centre will highlight the key role the centre plays in the global fight to eliminate malaria. The Prince of Wales will also visit the Gambian Armed Forces Training Centre, where Gambian troops are trained for their role with the United Nations/African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s programme will include a visit to a school to meet young people aspiring to enter The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. For the past few years, The Duchess of Cornwall has presented certificates to the winners and runners up in the Essay Prize, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, at a formal Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Their Royal Highnesses’s visit to The Gambia will end with a State Dinner hosted by the President.
On 2nd November, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will start their visit to Ghana, which in 1957 became the first majority-ruled African country to join the Commonwealth, and today is a vital and valued partner for the U.K. Their Royal Highnesses' visit will highlight the strength of the U.K.’s enduring relationship with Ghana and the breadth of our dynamic contemporary partnership.
On arrival in the capital city of Accra Their Royal Highnesses will be welcomed at Jubilee House by President Nana Akufo-Addo and the First Lady of Ghana. Other key events in the programme in Accra will include a State Banquet celebrating the ties between our countries, attended by leading figures from government, business, arts, culture and media in Ghana as well as a number of prominent British Ghanaians. The Prince will attend a meeting with Ghanaian and international business leaders to discuss sustainable practice in Ghana’s cocoa industry and other key environmental issues.
His Royal Highness will also visit Christansborg Castle, once a Danish and later a British, Slave Fort, which was, until a few years ago, the seat of the Ghanaian Government, where he will discuss plans for its restoration as part of a major redevelopment of Accra's waterfront, conceived by the Ghanaian Government with British Architect, Sir David Adjaye.
Their Royal Highnesses will visit Ghana's Second City of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, where they will the The Asantehene (King of the Ashantis), His Majesty Osei Tutu II. The Prince and The Duchess will attend a traditional durbar or procession at the Palace with The Asantehene and local chiefs.
The Duchess who is President of the Women of the World Festival will also attend an event for a range of Ghanaian Women of Influence. The Women of the World festival (WOW) is a global festival founded by Jude Kelly CBE in London in 2010 celebrating women and girls, and looking at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.
On 6th November, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will arrive in Abuja, Nigeria where they will be welcomed by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa. During their visit to Nigeria, Their Royal Highnesses will undertake a series of engagements in Abuja and Lagos where they will have the opportunity to interact with a cross-section of Nigerians from Traditional Leaders to figures business, the arts, fashion, the armed forces and the charitable sector. An Arts Festival at the British Council to celebrate Nigeria’s thriving art scene and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the British Council in Nigeria.
In addition to highlighting The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Prize and other Commonwealth initiatives, The Duchess of Cornwall, who since 2009 has worked to raise awareness of the issues facing those affected by sexual and domestic violence, will attend a meeting with local mentors and practitioners on supporting victims in Nigeria.
In all three Nations Their Royal Highnesses will take part in commemorative events to acknowledge the sacrifice made by Gambian, Ghanaian and Nigerian soldiers during the First and Second World Wars.