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The main part of The Prince of Wales's role as Heir to The Throne is to support Her Majesty The Queen as the focal point for national pride, unity and allegiance and bringing people together across all sections of society, representing stability and continuity, highlighting achievement, and emphasising the importance of service and the voluntary sector by encouragement and example. 

The Duchess of Cornwall supports her husband The Prince of Wales in his work and role as Heir to the Throne - find out more about Her Royal Highness's royal duties.

The Prince often represents The Queen by welcoming dignitaries to the UK and attending State dinners during State visits.  Along with other members of the Royal Family, His Royal Highness always attends the Trooping the Colour ceremony which forms part of the official celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday.  The Prince often represents The Queen and the UK overseas at state and ceremonial occasions such as state funerals.

The Queen has always been committed to the Commonwealth and its members and visits on behalf of Her Majesty to Commonwealth countries, particularly realms, have been vital over the years.  

In addition the other important parts of The Prince of Wales’s Royal duties include:

  • Armed Services
  • Special Relationships and Regiments
  • Working in the UK
  • Overseas Duties
  • Countries Visited
  • Investitures

During celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, The Prince was able to thank The Queen on behalf of the Nation for her many years of service at the concert held at Buckingham Palace. 

In front of a crowd of thousands and a global television audience, His Royal Highness said to Her Majesty: "We're now celebrating the life and service of a very special person, over the last 60 years.

"I was three when my grandfather George VI died and suddenly, unexpectedly you and my father's lives were irrevocably changed when you were only 26.

"So as a nation this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us.

"For inspiring us with your selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British."

Royal Duties

 

The Prince of Wales is a strong supporter of the Armed Services and sees them as one of the most important parts of his role as Heir to The Throne.  The Prince of Wales’s relationship with the Armed Services consists of three main activities:

  • Promoting the role of the Armed Services within national life, through operational visits, ceremonial duties, and commemorative activity across the UK and around the world.
  • Supporting the welfare and interests of Service personnel, Veterans, and their families.
  • Maintaining the history and heritage of the Armed Services through links Regiments, Units and Formations both in the U.K. and around the Commonwealth.
Armed Services

 

The Prince is kept informed of the activities of his Regiments and Units, and conducts audiences for all in-coming and out-going Commanding Officers of each of his military affiliations. His Royal Highness often visits his Regiments and Units in all three UK Armed Services, either at their respective bases (in this country and abroad), or whilst they are conducting training, parades or ceremonial commemorations.

The Prince is almost always present at the annual Armistice Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph, as well as regularly attending other commemorative events around the country to pay tribute to The Fallen.

Armed Services 2

 

The Prince attended the marking of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, in Normandy in 2014, as well the 70th anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day in London in 2015. He has also been present at the most significant British World War One centenary commemorations, most notably the centenaries of the Battle of The Somme in France on 1st July 2016, and the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, on 31st July 2017.   

In The Prince's capacity as Crown Prince of The Realms, he was involved in the most meaningful World War One centenary commemorations for the Realms of Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The Prince was present at the events marking the centenary of the New Zealand Battle of The Somme in 2016 and the Canadian events at the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 2017. All of these took place at the corresponding Battlefields in France. Additionally, in May 2015 The Prince of Wales, along with Prince Harry, attended British, Australian and New Zealand led events in Turkey marking the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.   

The Prince of Wales often pays tribute to the dedication of British Service personnel during his visits to foreign countries, often through visits to Commonwealth War Grave Commission sites or overseas memorials to the Armed Services.  This took place most recently in Malaysia, Italy and Romania in 2017, as well as in Kosovo, Bahrain, and Serbia during 2016.

Another element of The Prince's support to the Service personnel, Veterans, and their families is through his role as Patron of a number of Defence related charities and organisations.  The Prince has been Patron of Combat Stress, the oldest UK Defence mental health charity, since 2003. The Patronage had previously been held by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.  He is also Patron of the War Widows Association of Great Britain, the British Forces Foundation, the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust, the White Ensign Association, and many other charities.

His Royal Highness began his career in the Armed Services in March 1971, when he started a four-month attachment with the RAF at Cranwell, Lincolnshire.  The Prince had already gained his private pilot's licence, and flew himself to Cranwell on 8th March, in a twin-engined Basset of The Queen's Flight, to start advanced training to qualify as a jet pilot.  Flight Lieutenant The Prince of Wales was awarded his RAF wings at RAF Cranwell on 20th August 1971.  

PRINCE CHARLES WEARING HIS WING COMMANDER'S UNIFORM

 

On 15th September, The Prince joined the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, under the graduate entry scheme, as Acting Sub-Lieutenant. The Duke of Edinburgh, and his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, had both been at Dartmouth. Nearly two months later The Prince flew in a troop-carrying RAF Britannia to join the destroyer HMS Norfolk at Gibraltar. While training for his bridge watch-keeping certificate, The Prince attended a one-day course in escaping from a submarine, at HMS Dolphin, Gosport. This included an exercise during which he was released from a chamber 100 feet below the surface of a water tank. In February 1972, The Prince attended a one-day course in the submarine HMS Churchill. During the next two and a half years, The Prince attended a four-month course at Portsmouth and served on four more ships.  

A 1974 Pacific voyage on the frigate HMS Jupiter included calls at Singapore, New Zealand, Tonga, Western Samoa, Honolulu, San Francisco, Acapulco and Bermuda.  On 1st May 1973, The Prince of Wales was promoted to Acting Lieutenant.  

On 2nd September 1974 The Prince joined the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton for helicopter flying training before being assigned to 845 Naval Air Squadron as a pilot on board the commando carrier HMS Hermes. Following a lieutenant's course at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, The Prince was given command of his own ship; the minehunter HMS Bronington, for the final ten months of his active service in the Royal Navy ending on 15th December 1976.

HMS Bronington - Prince Charles

 

In January 1977 he was promoted to the rank of Commander before ending his active Royal Naval service later that year.

On his 40th birthday in 1988 he was promoted again to Captain in the Royal Navy, and Group Captain in the RAF.  On 14th November 1998, the Ministry of Defence announced that The Prince of Wales had been promoted to "2-star" Rank in all three Services (Rear Admiral, Major General, and Air Vice Marshal) to coincide with his 50th birthday. The Prince was again promoted in all three Services on his 54th birthday in 2002 becoming Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy, Air Marshal in the RAF, and Lieutenant General in the Army. In 2006, The Prince was promoted to Admiral in the Royal Navy, General in the Army and Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force.

The Prince of Wales at the Royal Naval Air Station

 

The Prince's first Colonelcy-in-Chief was of The Royal Regiment of Wales, to which he was appointed on 1st July 1969 - the day of his Investiture as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle. On 1st March 1975 The Prince of Wales became Colonel of the Welsh Guards, since that time he has taken part in the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade, marking Her Majesty The Queen's official birthday. Each year The Prince wears the ceremonial uniform of Colonel of the Welsh Guards.  

The Prince of Wales during The Colonel's Review

 

On being appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment on 11th June 1977, a few months before he was 30, The Prince asked to take part in, and subsequently completed, the Army's parachute training course.

HRH Parachute Regiment
Three cheers for HRH The Prince of Wales from the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment on Salisbury Plain

The Prince felt he could not "look them in the eye" or wear the Parachute Regiment's famous beret and wings badge unless he had done the course.  He later said, "I felt I should lead from the front, or at least be able to do some of the things that one expects others to do for the country".  

Over the intervening years The Prince has since gained affiliations with twenty Army Regiments and Formations, three Naval appointments, and three Air Force relationships. These links are with organizations from both the UK Armed Services and a number of Commonwealth Countries.  On the 16th Jun 2012 The Prince of Wales was appointed to the ranks of Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet and Marshal of the R.A.F. in the three UK Armed Services.  More recently, in May 2015 His Royal Highness became Commodore-in-Chief of the Canadian Fleet Atlantic and, in August 2015, was bequeathed equivalent positions in the New Zealand Armed Forces to those The Prince holds in the UK Military.  

The Duchess of Cornwall also has a number of military appointments.

 

The Prince of Wales's appointments in the order they were awarded:

Welsh Guards

Colonel (from 01/03/1975)

 

Air Reserve of Canada

Colonel-in-Chief (from 11/06/1977)

 

Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)

Royal Canadians; Colonel-in-Chief (from 11/06/1977)

 

The Parachute Regiment

Colonel-in-Chief (from 11/06/1977)

 

Royal Australian Armoured Corps

(Colonel-in-Chief, since 11/06/1977)

 

The Royal Gurkha Rifles

Colonel-in-Chief (from 11/06/1977)

 

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Marshal (from 3/08/2015)

 

The Royal Regiment of Canada

Colonel-in-Chief (from 11/06/1977)

 

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Colonel-in-Chief (from 11/06/1977)  

 

The Royal Pacific Islands Regiment

Colonel-in-Chief (from 08/08/1984)

 

The Royal Canadian Dragoons

Colonel-in-Chief (from 17/09/1985)

 

Army Air Corps

Colonel-in-Chief (from 01/03/1992)

 

The Royal Dragoon Guards

Colonel-in-Chief (from 01/07/1992)

 

Royal Air Force Valley

Honorary Air Commodore (from 01/04/1993)

 

The Queen's Own Yeomanry

Royal Honorary Colonel (from 23/05/2000)

 

The Queen's Dragoon Guards

Colonel-in-Chief (from 01/07/2003)

 

The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

Colonel-in-Chief (from 01/04/2004)

 

The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own)

Colonel-in-Chief (from 11/01/2005)

 

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Royal Colonel (from 28/03/2006)

 

51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Royal Colonel (from 28/03/2006)

 

Plymouth, Royal Naval Command

Commodore-in-Chief (from 08/08/2006)

 

The Mercian Regiment

Colonel-in-Chief (from 01/09/2007)

 

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)

Commodore-in-Chief (from 03/05/2015)

 

2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada

Colonel-in-Chief (from 09/05/2015)

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are among the United Kingdom's most important ambassadors.

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

Overseas visits enable The Prince to familiarise himself with a wide range of international issues and to meet many Heads of State and senior officials.

His Royal Highness often represents The Queen at overseas events, such as state funerals.

The Prince tries to find ways for The Prince of Wales's Charities, most of which His Royal Highness has established himself, to work for the benefit of the international community and often visits projects set up by his own charities during overseas visits.

 

Countries Visited

AFGHANISTAN

24th March 2010 - 25th March 2010:  The Prince of Wales made a surprise trip to Afghanistan becoming the most senior royal to visit British troops on the frontline and said he was “incredibly proud” of our Armed Forces.

 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

17th - 18th November 2017: The Prince of Wales visited the islands to see how communities were recovering following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

 

ARGENTINA

8th March 1999 - 11th March 1999:  Meeting with the President, wreath laying at Falklands Conflict memorial, Presidential Dinner, meetings with business leaders and Patagonia Welsh teaching group, visits including the British Hospital, an organic farming project, a steel plant and gas company offices, and a charity polo match.


AUSTRALIA

4th - 10th April 2018: The Prince of Wales, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, represented Her Majesty The Queen at the opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games. Their Royal Highnesses visited Brisbane and the Gold Coast together; before His Royal Highness continued his visit to Queensland and the Northern Territory.

10th – 15th November 2015: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

5th - 10th November 2012:   Longreach, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Tasmania and Canberra. Diamond Jubilee Tour with The Duchess of Cornwall.

28th February 2005 - 6th March 2005:  Perth, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. 

23rd January 1994 - 5th February 1994:   Visited Sydney, Parkes, Tasmania, Hobart, Strahan, Launceston, Perth and Karratha.

25th January 1988 - 3rd February 1988:  Visited New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory, with The Princess of Wales, for the Australia 200th anniversary celebrations. 

25th October 1985 7th November 1985:  Visit with The Princess of Wales to Victoria in connection with the state’s 150th anniversary celebrations and Canberra.

20th March 1983 17th April 1983:  With The Princess of Wales and Prince William.

12th April to 28th April 1981:  Opened the 50th Anniversary convention of the APEX clubs of Australia.

8th March 1979 28th March 1979:  Visit to Western Australia and Canberra.

18th May 1978 19th May 1978:  Attended funeral of Sir Robert Menzies in Melbourne.

1st November 1977 11th November 1977:  Tour as Patron of The Queen’s Australian Silver Jubilee Appeal.

12th October 1974 30th October 1974:  Inauguration of Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring, and tour including Tasmania.

9th March 1970 8th April 1970:  Tour with the Royal Family.

 

AUSTRIA

5th - 6th April 2017: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

26th July - 27th July 2003:  Visit to Salzburg Festival.

14th April - 16th April 1986:  Visit to Vienna with The Princess of Wales.

 

BAHAMAS

6th July 1973 27th July 1973: Represented The Queen at Independence Celebrations.

 

BAHRAIN

8th – 12th November 2016: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

19th February - 28th February 2007:  Part of a 10-day tour of five Gulf states including Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates.

21st - 25th February 1997:  Visited Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar in HMY Britannia.

12th - 19th March 1989: With The Princess of Wales.

10th - 19th November 1986:  Visit with The Princess of Wales to Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Visited Bahrain from 16th 17th November.

 

BANGLADESH

26th - 28th February 1997:  Visited Dhaka and Sylhet.

 

BARBADOS

22nd - 25th October 1970:  Part of tour to Fiji, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Bermuda and Barbados.


BELGIUM

31st July 2017: The Prince of Wales attended commemorations at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

17th June 2015: Visit with The Duchess of Cornwall to attend the Opening Ceremony of the restored Hougoumont Farm, which played a critical role in the outcome of The Battle of Waterloo.

9th February 2011:  The Prince of Wales visited Brussels to speak at the Low Carbon Prosperity Summit.

13th - 14th February 2008:  Speech on climate change at the European Parliament.

4th December 1999:  Attended marriage of The Crown Prince of Belgium and Mademoiselle Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz which was solemnized in la Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule, Brussels.

29th - 30th October 1996:  Visited Brussels.

17th - 19th November 1992:  Visited European Parliament in Strasbourg and Council of Europe in Brussels, and made a speech on Business in the Environment.

17th - 18th December 1987:  Official visit for NATO and SHAPE.

11th - 12th March 1987:  Visited Zeebrugge to meet survivors and rescuers of the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry disaster, and the headquarters of NATO in Brussels.

29th November - 1st December 1978:  Attended discussions at the European Commission and visited NATO headquarters in Brussels.

 

BERMUDA

20th - 22nd October 1970:  350th anniversary of Bermuda Parliament.

 

BHUTAN

9th - 12th February 1998

 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

1st March 2007:  The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in Banja Luka to present leek for St. David’s Day and pay tribute to British troops working to maintain peace and stability in the region.

23rd July 2004:  Visited Mostar.

9th February 1996:  Visited Sarajevo.

15th - 16th March 1993:  Visited UK forces on UN duties.

 

BOTSWANA

19th - 29th March 1984:  Part of a tour to Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Tour as a director of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

 

BRAZIL

11th - 15th March 2009:  Protecting the environment featured prominently during Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to Brazil, especially the problem of tropical deforestation. Youth opportunities and entrepreneurship were the themes of a four-day visit that included engagements in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon and aimed to strengthen the United Kingdom’s relationship with Brazil.

4th - 6th March 2002:  Visited Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Palmas, Ilha Do Bananal.

22nd - 27th April 1991:  Attended conference on Britannia relating to Rio Earth Summit the following year.

8th - 16th March 1978:  Official visit.

 

THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

18th November 2017: The Prince of Wales visited the island to see how communities were recovering following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

 

BRUNEI

2nd November 2017: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Brunei to congratulate His Majesty The Sultan on his Golden Jubilee.

27th October - 5th November 2008:  TRH visit East Asia. The visit to Brunei emphasised strong military links with the UK, and included a visit to the Gurkhas of whom His Royal Highness is Colonel-in-Chief, together with educational links and the protection of the Borneo Rainforest in the fight against climate change.

13th - 16th July 1996:  Visited Bandar Seri Begawan, Belalong Rain Forest and the Royal Gurkha Rifles at Seria.

22nd - 25th February 1984:  Represented The Queen at Independence Celebrations.


BULGARIA

13th - 14th March 2003:  Visit to Sofia and Varnia.

6th - 8th November 1998:  Meeting with the President and dinner at the Presidential residence; visits including Sofia.

 

CAMEROON

15th - 23rd March 1990:  Official visit.

 

CANADA

29th June - 1st July 2017: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Canada to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

18th - 21st May 2014: Their Royal Highnesses were invited to visit by the Canadian government and undertook three days of engagements which celebrated Canadian achievement past and future.

20th - 23rd May 2012:  At the request of the Canadian government, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Canada. The visit celebrated The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and saw Their Royal Highnesses celebrate Victoria Day.

2nd - 12th November 2009:  Their Royal Highnesses arrived in St John's, Newfoundland, before travelling to Toronto, Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa.  The theme of the visit to Canada, a Commonwealth Realm, was to pay tribute to the work of the Canadian Armed Services, promote Canadian culture and heritage, and to meet as many Canadians as possible.  The Prince and The Duchess also marked Remembrance Day with the Canadian people in Ottawa.

2nd - 15th July 1970: Ottawa:  Two-day visit before tour of Canada with The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne.

25th April - 1st May 2001:  Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Toronto.

23rd - 24th March 1998:  Visited Vancouver for public engagements with Prince William and Prince Harry.

23rd - 29th April 1996:  Visited Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick.

23rd - 29th October 1991:  Official visit with The Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry.

30th April - 7th May 1986:  Opened Expo 86 in Vancouver on 2nd May during a visit with The Princess of Wales.

14th June - 1st July 1983:  Accompanied by The Princess of Wales. Visited Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; Newfoundland; Prince Edward Island and Alberta.

29th - 30th October 1982:  Visited the Lester B Pearson College of the Pacific in British Columbia.

30th March - 3rd April 1980:  Visited Ottawa and British Columbia as President of the International Council of the United World Colleges.

1st - 6th April 1979:  First visit to Pearson College as President of the International Council of the United World Colleges; and other official engagements.

5th - 9th July 1977:  Celebrations in Alberta of centenary of signing of treaty by Blackfoot and other Indian leaders.

20th - 30th April 1975:  Ottawa and Northwest Territories.

 

CHILE

8th - 11th March 2009:  Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to Chile focused on the key issues of environmental sustainability and climate change, as well as the wider bilateral relationship between the UK and Chile, including military ties.

 

COLOMBIA

28th October - 2nd November 2014: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Colombia at the request of Her Majesty's Government, following an invitation from President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia. Their Royal Highnesses were received by President Santos and the First Lady at an official welcome ceremony at Casa de Nariño, the Presidential Palace in Bogota. President Santos and the First Lady hosted an Official Banquet in honour of The Prince and The Duchess. Other engagements in Bogota focussed on traditional arts and crafts, historical architecture, organic food and wool, trade and investment and a celebration of the British Council's 75th anniversary in Colombia. Their Royal Highnesses also visited Cartagena where they celebrated the cultural diversity and arts traditions in Colombia. 

 

CROATIA

14th – 15th March 2016: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall

8th February 1996:  Visited Dubrovnik and visited troops in Split.

14th August 1996:  Visited the island of St. Mary’s, touring the National Park.

15th - 16th March 1993:  Visited UK forces on UN duties.

 

CYPRUS

24th - 26th November 1986:  As Colonel-in-Chief, the Parachute Regiment, visited the 3rd Battalion.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

20th - 23rd March 2010:  Tour including visits to Poland and Hungary.

30th - 31st October 2000:  Meetings with President Vaclav Havel; visits to regeneration and heritage projects; Prague’s English College; addressing a seminar organised by Prague Business Leaders Forum supporters and opening a British military academy.

3rd - 5th June 1994:  Attended a Prague Heritage Fund event in Prague.

21st - 23rd December 1992: Visited Prague and Ceske Budejovice in connection with Prague Heritage Fund.

6th - 10th May 1991: Official visit with The Princess of Wales.

 

DENMARK

24th - 27th March 2012:  At the British Government's request, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Scandinavia. These visits, to other Monarchies linked by common Royal descent, marked the start of Their Royal Highnesses’ official overseas celebrations of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Their Royal Highnesses were, in each case, guests of the Sovereign Head of State. The visits particularly focused on commercial opportunities for British business to support our economy, military co-operation, environmental sustainability, social cohesion and youth opportunities.

15th December 2009:  United Nations Climate Change Conference.

14th - 15th November 2000:  State Funeral of Queen Ingrid of Denmark.

9th June 1992:  Attended the 25th wedding anniversary celebration of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik in Copenhagen.

1st - 3rd August 1988:  Official visit to see Hamlet at Kronborg.

 

DOMINICA

19th November 2017: The Prince of Wales visited the island to see how communities were recovering following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

 

ECUADOR

15th - 17th March 2009:  The visit to Ecuador focused on climate change and sustainable development. During their stay in Ecuador The Prince and The Duchess made their first-ever trip to the Galapagos Islands to learn about the outstanding research being done to protect this unique biosphere which serves as an indicator for wider global environmental trends. The visit also marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 50th anniversary of the Galapagos National Park.

 

EGYPT

20th - 24th March 2006:  Their Royal Highnesses visited Cairo.

11th - 15th March 1995:  Visited Cairo, Sinal and Luxor.

10th October 1981:  Attended the funeral of President Zadat.

 

ESTONIA

5th - 6th November 2001:  Overseas tour to Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia from 5th to 9th November 2001. Visited Tallin, Tartu.

 

FALKLAND ISLANDS

13th - 16th March 1999:  Laying of wreaths at Falkland Conflict memorials, attending an interdenominational service, meetings with members of the Falkland Islands Legislative Council and community leaders, and visits including a school, the agriculture department and a seamen's centre.

 

FEDERATION OF ST. KITTS AND NEVIS

1st June 1973:  Opened newly-restored Prince of Wales Bastion.

 

FIJI

10th - 11th March 2005:  Viseisei, Nadi.

8th November 1985:  Visit with The Princess of Wales.

8th - 12th October 1974:  Represented The Queen at Centenary Celebrations.

9th - 15th October 1970:  Represented The Queen at Independence Celebrations.

 

FRANCE

9th April 2017: The Prince of Wales, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, attended commemorations on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to mark 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

15th September 2016: Attended the New Zealand Somme Centenary Commemorations in his role as Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army.

1st July 2016: Accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, attended the 100th anniversary commemorations of The Battle of The Somme.

29th November – 1st December 2015: Attended the COP21 climate change conference in Paris. 

5th- 6th June 2014: Their Royal Highnesses visited Normandy, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in the Second World War.

19th July 2010:  The Prince of  Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Fromelles, to pay tribute to the 250 British soldiers from the First World War who were finally interred in a Commonwealth cemetery after being found in a mass grave.

10th - 11th November 2008:  TRH visited Paris on Monday 11th November for a private dinner with President Nicholas Sarkozy and First Lady Carla Bruni.  On Tuesday 11th November Their Royal Highnesses attended the Armistice Day commemorations at the French National Cemetery at Verdun.

1st July 2006:  90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

29th September 2004:  Paris.

5th June 2004:  Normandy.

6th February 2003:  Paris.

4th June 2000:  Dunkirk commemorations.

26th March 1997:  Paris.

31st August - 1st September 1995:  Visited a British Promotion at Galeries Lafayette in Paris and The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture Summer School in Biarritz.

3rd - 5th June 1994:  Attended commemorations of the 50th anniversary of D-Day landings, at Ranville.

16th March 1994:  Visited British Council in Paris, had a meeting with President Mitterrand and attended a concert.

2nd - 3rd August 1993:  Attended the opening of The Prince of Wales's Summer School in Chinon.

3rd - 4th December 1992:  Visited Paris and Versailles.

7th - 11th November 1988:  Visited Paris and Blois with The Princess of Wales.

8th - 9th May 1988:  Visited Roscoff in Brittany.

9th September 1987:  Visited Caen and Bayeux with The Princess of Wales.

15th May 1987:  Visited Cannes Film Festival with The Princess of Wales

14th February 1987:  Visited Toulouse with The Princess of Wales for the launch of the Airbus A320

5th June 1984:  Ceremony at Ranville, commemorating the part played by the 6th Airborne Division in the D-Day Allied landings in 1944.

20th June 1982:  Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Allied raid on Bruneval.

8th - 9th June 1981:  Official visit. Attended ball in aid of Mountbatten Memorial Trust and United World Colleges.

21st - 23rd July 1980:  Visited elements of French Armed Forces.

9th May 1977:  Exhibition of British painting at Bordeaux

17th - 18th May 1972:  Accompanied The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh during a state visit.

11th - 12th November 1970:  Represented The Queen at a memorial service for General de Gaulle.

8th - 9th February 1970:  As Chairman of the Countryside in 1970 Committee for Wales, attended the Council of Europe’s Conservation Conference at Strasbourg with The Duke of Edinburgh.

 

GERMANY

26th July 2010:  Official regimental visit

3rd September 2009:  Visited Sennelager.

29th - 30th April 2009:  Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to Germany, the world’s third biggest economy, focused on the themes of global sustainability, social inclusion and long-term Anglo-German partnership and co-operation.

27th June 2005:  Münster, visit to Royal Dragoon Guards.

3rd September 2004:  Official regimental visit

11th - 12th June 2002:  Visited Lubeck, Trenthorst, Vilm Island, Dalwitz, Berlin.

5th June 2001:  Visited Munster, Paderborn.

12th - 13th May 1997:  Visited Hesse.

31st January 1997:  Attended the funeral of Princess Margaret of Hesse in Darmstadt.

1st - 2nd September 1996:  Visited Berlin and Potsdam to see work of The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture.

13th - 16th November 1995:  Visited Berlin, Bandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Munich.

2nd - 3rd May 1995:  Attended events in Hamburg to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

28th October 1994:  Attended parade of the British Army of the Rhine, now called United Kingdom Support Command, at Rheindahlen and Munchen Gladbach.

27th May 1994:  Attended the 20th meeting of The Prince of Wales's Business Leaders Forum, in Berlin.

14th - 15th May 1993:  As Colonel-in-Chief, visited the Royal Dragoon Guards in Paderborn.

17th - 19th March 1993:  Visited Bonn, to meet Chancellor Kohl and to receive the Ecological Eagle Award.

10th March 1993:  Visited Munich.

17th October 1992:  Official State Funeral of Willy Brandt

23rd - 24th March 1992:  Official regimental visit

11th March 1992:  Official regimental visit

10th - 11th December 1991:  Official visit

10th June 1991:  Official with The Princess of Wales.

1st August 1988:  Attended the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

1st - 7th November 1987:  Visited Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Munich, Hamburg, Celle and Hanover, with The Princess of Wales.

12th - 13th March 1987:  Regimental visit: Lemgo and Paderborn

6th - 7th June:  The Prince took the Salute at The Queen's Birthday Parade in Berlin.

26th - 27th March 1985:  As Colonel, the Welsh Guards, visited 1st Battalion at Hohne.

11th - 13th July 1984:  Visited the Royal Regiment of Wales and the Gordon Highlanders.

29th - 30th May 1979:  Visit to 2nd Parachute Regiment.

30th - 31st October 1978:  Visit to Parachute Regiments at Osnabruck and Sennelager.

10th February 1978:  Visit to Cheshire Regiment, as Colonel-in-Chief.

31st January 1978:  Visit to 2nd Parachute Regiment in Berlin, as Colonel-in-Chief.

17th - 18th November 1977:  Visit to 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, as Colonel.

9th - 11th November 1975:  Visit to Royal Regiment of Wales, as Colonel-in-Chief.

25th - 26th January 1973:  Visit to Royal Regiment of Wales, as Colonel-in-Chief.

29th - 31st October 1972:  Service visit to Berlin

25th - 27th February 1971:  As Colonel-in-Chief, visited the 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Wales, at Osnabruck.

23rd October 1969:  Funeral of the Margravine Theodora of Baden

17th- 25th March 1977:  Golden Jubilee of Achimota School.

 

GHANA

17th - 25th March 2018

 

GILBERT AND ELLICE ISLANDS

15th - 19th October 1970

 

GREECE

22nd - 24th November 1998:  Meetings with the Prime Minister and President, visits in Athens and Crete.

 

GUYANA

24th - 27th February 2000:  Visited Youth Business Trust; meetings with religious leaders and neighbourhood organisations; visits to schools; visits to a Guyana Sugar Corporation factory, a Demerara Rum distillery, and the Iwokrama rainforest reserve.

 

HONG KONG

27th - 30th June 1997:  Represented The Queen at the handover ceremony; stayed on HMY Britannia.

5th -8th November 1994

5th - 8th November 1992

8th - 13th November 1989: Official visit, partly with The Princess of Wales.

3rd - 6th March 1979: Official visit.

 

HUNGARY

17th - 20th March 2010:  Part of an official overseas tour to Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

16th May 2000:  Meeting with President Arpad Goncz; inauguration of a power station; visits to a rural town regeneration project and the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy; meeting with Business Leaders Forum supporters.

27th - 28th April 1994: Visited Budapest and Kecskemet.

17th - 10th May 1990:  Official visit.

 

INDIA

8th - 9th November 2017: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited New Delhi.

6th - 14th November 2013: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi. 

2nd - 5th October 2010:  The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited India on a four-day tour in October. The Prince of Wales opened the Commonwealth Games, representing The Queen at the ceremony. TRH spent time with athletes from a broad cross-section of Commonwealth countries.

26th - 31st March 2006:  TRH visit Delhi, Rajasthan, Jodhpur and Jaipur.

28th October - 5th November 2003:  New Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai.

10th - 15th February 1992:  Official visit with The Princess of Wales.

23rd - 24th May 1991:  The Queen was represented by The Prince of Wales at the Funeral of Shri Rajiv Gandhi (formerly Prime Minister of the Republic of India) which was held at Shanti Vana, New Delhi

24th November - 6th December 1980:  Visit, during which The Prince met Mother Teresa.

20th - 22nd February 1975:  Visit to New Delhi.

 

INDONESIA

27th October - 5th November 2008:  The Prince visited Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country.  The visit focused on encouraging greater understanding between faiths, and promoting a sustainable low carbon future and youth employment opportunities. At the invitation of the President of Indonesia, The Prince of Wales gave the Presidential Lecture in Jakarta.

3rd - 7th November 1992: Visited Jakarta and Yogyakarta, with The Princess of Wales. Definitely 1989, was in Hong Kong 1992

 

IRAN

9th February 2004:  Visited Bam.

 

IRAQ

8th February 2004:  Visited Basra.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

10th - 13th May 2017: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

25th May 2016: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

19th – 21st May 2015: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

14th - 15th February 2002:  Official visit 

31st May - 1st June 1995:  Visited Dublin

 

ISRAEL

30th September 2016: The Prince of Wales represented The Queen at the funeral of President Shimon Peres.

6th November 1995:  Represented The Queen at the funeral of Prime Minister Rabin in Jerusalem.

 

IVORY COAST

25th - 28th March 1977:  Visited at invitation of President Houphouet Boigny.

 

ITALY

31st March - 5th April 2017: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

26th - 29th April 2009:  Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to Italy focused on the key issue of climate change. In Rome, The Prince of Wales delivered a keynote speech at the Chamber of Deputies, and attended a meeting of Italian business leaders on environmental issues and a reception to celebrate and encourage a “Slow Food” culture of local sourcing and organic production.  In Venice, Their Royal Highnesses focused on the important issue of urban regeneration. The Prince attended a seminar about the industrial redevelopment of the lagoon before visiting an example of sensitive housing regeneration in the city. Both Their Royal Highnesses visited the magnificently restored La Fenice Opera House.

8th April 2005:  Funeral of Pope John Paul II

22nd - 31st October 2004:  Visited Turin.

4th - 8th November 2002:  Visited Florence, Rome, Ischia, Naples.

22nd March 1996:  Opened Urban Renaissance Exhibition as President of The Institute of Architecture.

4th - 5th August 1995:  Visited The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture Summer School at Caprarola.

1st - 2nd September 1994:  Visited The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture Summer School at Viterbo, and then visited Venice for an exhibition.

3rd - 4th September 1993:  Visited the Institute of Architecture Summer School in Viterbo.

28th - 29th September 1992:  Visited Rome and Bologna.

29th March 1992:  Visited Rome.

13th - 15th September 1991:  Engagements in connection with The Prince of Wales's Summer School in Civil Architecture and, as Patron, the William Walton Foundation.

26th - 28th March 1990:  President, International Council of United World Colleges, attended the 11th meeting of the International Council in Duino, Italy

29th April 1989:  Interview with Italian Television (RAI 3)

7th - 8th December 1987:  Visited La Scala, Milan.

26th April - 2nd May 1987:  Received honorary doctorate from the University of Bologna

19th April - 9th May:  Visit with The Princess of Wales and, from 5th May, Prince William and Prince Harry.

28th October - 1st November 1984:  Visited Trieste and the United World College at Duino.

 

JAMAICA

4th - 14th March 2008:  Their Royal Highnesses visited the Caribbean for an 11-day tour. Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to the Caribbean was aimed at reinforcing Britain’s ties with important Commonwealth countries. It was also aimed at advancing key British Government priorities in the promotion of sustainable development, environmental protection and youth opportunity.

27th - 29th February 2000:  Meeting with the Prime Minister, PJ Patterson; visits to a schools environment project, the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, an employee-owned worker's co-operative, rural development projects, a communal "yard" in Trench Town, Kingston; St Andrew's kirk, Kingston Harbour, National Heroes Park and Ward Theatre; a reception for The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum.

18th February 1993

3rd - 16th August 1966:  Joined the Duke of Edinburgh for the Commonwealth Games.

 

JAPAN

26th October - 5th November 2008:  Their Royal Highnesses visited East Asia including Japan, Brunei and Indonesia. The visit to Japan celebrated the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom and focused on environmental sustainability, including new technologies, and education and heritage. The programme highlighted the UK’s diverse relationship with Japan, including furthering strong economic links.

10th -15th November 1990:  Official visit with The Princess of Wales.

8th - 13th May 1986:  Visit with The Princess of Wales.

9th - 14th April 1970:  Japanese World Exposition (Expo 70) at Osaka.

 

JORDAN

11th - 13th March 2013:  Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall at the request of the British Government.  Part of Their Royal Highnesses' overseas tour to the Middle East from 11th - 19th March.

22nd -31st October 2004:  Visited Salt, Ajloun, Amman, Petra.

7th - 8th February 1999:  Funeral of King Hussein

7th - 13th November 1993:  Part of tour to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE

 

KAZAKHSTAN

4th - 12th November 1996:  Tour of Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan and Uzbekistan.

 

KENYA

31st - 2nd April 1987:  Tour as a director of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

31st August 1978:  Attended funeral of President Jomo Kenyatta.

 

KOREA

2nd - 5th November 1992:  Visited Seoul, Kyongju and Ulsan with The Princess of Wales.

 

KOSOVO

19th March 2016: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

13th September 1999:  Visit to British troops.

 

KYRGYZSTAN

4th - 12th November 1996:  Tour of Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan and Uzbekistan.

 

KUWAIT

November 2011:  Part of an overseas visit to Kuwait, Qatar, South Africa and Tanzania. In Kuwait The Prince of Wales celebrated the 50th anniversary of Independence and 20th anniversary of liberation as the guest of the Amir and the Crown Prince.

19th - 28th February 2007:  In Kuwait The Prince of Wales celebrated the 50th anniversary of Independence and 20th anniversary of liberation as the guest of the Amir and the Crown Prince.

17th January 2006:  Death of the Emir of Kuwait

21st - 25th February 1997:  Visited Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar in HMY Britannia.

7th - 13th November 1993

12th - 19th March 1989:  Official visit with The Princess of Wales.

 

LATVIA

8th - 9th November 2001:  Visited Daugavpolis, Riga.

17th November 1995:  Official visit.

 

LESOTHO

31st October - 5th November 1997:  Visited Pretoria, Fugitive's Drift, Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg; Prince Harry joined The Prince of Wales from 29th October to 3rd November, for engagements including a visit to a Zulu village and a concert featuring the Spice Girls.

 

LIBYA

30th April - 1st May 1954:  Joined The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on Royal Tour in Tobruk.

 

LITHUANIA

6th - 8th November 2001:  Visited Vilnius.

 

MACEDONIA

8th - 9th November 1998:  Meeting with the President and dinner at the President's Villa; visits including Skopje and Ohrid.

 

MALAWI

29th - 31st March 1987:  Tour as a director of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

 

MALAYSIA

3rd - 8th November 2017: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Malaysia for the first time. TRH visited Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Perak, Kuching and Penang. 

 

MALTA

4th - 5th November 2017: The Prince of Wales attended an event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the George Cross being awarded to Malta. The Prince also delivered the keynote speech at the Our Ocean conference.

26th – 28th November 2015: Accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Valletta alongside The Queen and The Duke and Edinburgh. The Prince of Wales also conducted separate engagements during his time in the country.

21st - 25th November 1969:  Bicentenary celebrations of the Royal University of Malta, and inauguration of new university campus at Msida.

7th - 14th July 1969:  Official visit.

2nd- 10th July 1968:  Official visit.

22nd - 28th April 1954:  Visit with Princess Anne on maiden voyage of the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

 


MEXICO


2nd - 5th November 2014: Their Royal Highnesses visited Mexico at the request of Her Majesty's Government, following an invitation by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. The Prince and The Duchess visited Real del Monte, Mexico City, Campeche and Monterrey.

6th - 8th March 2002:  Visited Veracruz, Xalapa, Puebla, Mexico City.


14th - 18th February 1993:  Visited Mexico City, Guadalajara and Oaxaca.


1st - 3rd August 1966

 

MONACO

3rd - 4th August 1984:  United World Colleges gala at Monte Carlo.

 

MONTENEGRO 

18th March 2016: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

 

MONTSERRAT

3rd - 14th March 2008:  Part of Caribbean tour

 

MOROCCO

4th - 6th April 2010:  The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Portugal, Spain and Morocco from 28th March to 6th April 2011. The 10-day tour was to promote UK trade.

25th - 26th July 1999:  Internment of King Hassan II

23rd - 27th February 1996:  Visited Marrakesh, Quarzazate, Ifrane and Rabat.

15th - 18th March 1995:  Visited Rabat, Fez and Casablanca.

 

NEPAL

6th - 9th February 1998:  Visited Kathmandu, Patichaur and Besishahar

6th - 13th December 1980

22nd - 26th February 1975:  Represented The Queen at King Birendra's Coronation

 

NETHERLANDS

18th September 2004: Visited Oosterbeek

15th September 2000:  Official State Funeral of Prince Claus

1st 2nd February 2002:  Visited Amsterdam

30th January 1998:  Attended celebrations for Queen Beatrix's birthday.

17th - 18th September 1994:  Attended commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem.

12th - 13th November 1991:  Received a briefing on the Dutch Environment Plan from the Dutch Minister for Housing, Physical Planning and the Environment, Mr J Alders, at the Ministry, The Hague, then visited the Institute of Inland Water Management at Lelystad

26th - 27th October 1988:  Visited as Patron of the William and Mary Tercentenary Trust

23rd September 1984:  As Colonel-in-Chief, the Parachute Regiment, attended a service to mark the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem.

29th April - 1st May 1980:  Represented The Queen at the Accession Ceremony of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix

 

NEW ZEALAND

4th – 9th November 2015: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

10th - 16th November 2012: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch. Diamond Jubilee Tour with The Duchess of Cornwall.

6th - 10th March 2005:  Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland

5th - 10th February 1994:  Visited Auckland, Wellington, Hokitika, Christchurch and Hamilton

17th - 30th April 1983:  Visit with The Princess of Wales and Prince William

31st March - 12th April 1981

4th September 1974:  Funeral of Prime Minister Mr Norman Kirk

29th January - 6th February 1974:  Joined The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips at Commonwealth Games, Christchurch.

12th - 30th March 1970:  Joined The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne on a tour.

 

NIGERIA

27th - 30th November 2006: Official

28th - 29th May 1999: Official

15th - 23rd March 1990: Official

 

NORWAY

20th - 22nd March 2012:  At the British Government's request, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Scandinavia. These visits, to other Monarchies linked by common Royal descent, marked the start of Their Royal Highnesses’ official overseas celebrations of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Their Royal Highnesses were, in each case, guests of the Sovereign Head of State. The visits particularly focused on commercial opportunities for British business to support our economy, military co-operation, environmental sustainability, social cohesion and youth opportunities.

27th May 2010:   The Prince of Wales made a keynote speech at the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference 2010, Oslo, Norway

25th August 2001:  Visited Oslo

21st - 22nd June 1997:  Attended Their Majesties The King and Queen of Norway's 60th birthday celebrations, in Trondheim.

29th - 30th January 1991:  Funeral of King Olav

21st - 22nd February 1985:  As Colonel-in-Chief, the Parachute Regiment, visited 1st Battalion on exercise.

1st - 2nd July 1978:  The King of Norway's 75th birthday celebrations.

6th - 13th August 1969:  Official visit.

 

OMAN

5th – 6th November 2016: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall

17th - 19th March 2013:  Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall at the request of the British Government. Part of Their Royal Highnesses' overseas tour to the Middle East from 11th - 19th March.

6th - 8th November 2003:  Visited Muscat.

20th - 22nd November 1999:  Lunch with Sultan Qaboos in Oman; meeting with British volunteers in a Raleigh International project; presentation of two mobile libraries for children in remote areas; a signing ceremony of a co-operation agreement between the Muscat Securities Commission and the London Stock Exchange; an event organised by The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum; and a visit to the Said bin Sultan naval base.

1st - 6th October 1995:  official visit.

10th - 19th November 1986: Tour of Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia with The Princess of Wales.

 

PAKISTAN

29th October - 3rd November 2006: Their Royal Highnesses visit Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Pattika, Lahore.

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

3rd - 5th November 2012:  Port Moresby. Diamond Jubilee Tour with The Duchess of Cornwall.

6th - 10th August 1984:  Opened new Parliament House.

14th - 19th September 1975:  Represented The Queen at independence celebrations.

 

PHILIPPINES

28th June - 4th July 1997:  Official visit same tour as Hong Kong

 

POLAND

15th - 17th March 2010:  Official overseas tour to Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

29th April 2008:  Official visit.

12th - 13th June 2002:  Visited Krakow, Tatras Mountains.

17th - 20th May 1993:  Visited Warsaw, Gdansk and Krakow.

 

PORTUGAL

28th - 30th March 2011:  The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Portugal, Spain and Morocco from 28th March to 6th April 2011. The 10-day tour was to promote UK trade.

27th - 28th June 1998:  Visited the 11-mile Vasco da Gama Bridge north of Lisbon, the town of Alcochete, had dinner with the President of Portugal, and attended the opening of Expo '98.

11th - 14th February 1987:  Visit with The Princess of Wales.

 

QATAR

17th - 20th February 2014: The Prince of Wales undertook official engagements in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

13th - 15th March 2013: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall at the request of the British Government. Part of Their Royal Highnesses' overseas tour to the Middle East from 11th - 19th March.

November 2011:  Part of an overseas visit to Kuwait, Qatar, South Africa and Tanzania. The Prince of Wales stopped briefly in Qatar for discussions with the Emir. 

26th March 2010:  Official - called upon the Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar (Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani) at the Al Wajbah Palace, Doha.

19th - 28th February 2007:  TRH completed a 10-day tour of five Gulf states

21st - 25th February 1997:  Visited Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar in HMY Britannia

10th - 19th November 1986:  Tour of Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia with The Princess of Wales.

 

ROMANIA

29th - 31st March 2017: Official visit.

10th May 2004:  Received by the President of Romania and afterwards met organisations involved with conservation work in Romania.

6th - 8th November 1998:  Meeting with the President and dinner at the Presidential residence; visits including Sofia.

 

RUSSIA

13th - 16th July 2003:  St Petersburg, Solovsky Islands

16th - 19th May 1994:  Visited St Petersburg

 

SAUDI ARABIA

17th - 20th February 2014:
 The Prince of Wales undertook official engagements in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

15th - 17th March 2013: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall at the request of the British Government. Visited Riyadh and Jeddah. Part of Their Royal Highnesses' overseas tour to the Middle East from 11th - 19th March.

26th March 2010:  Official - received by The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia at Janadriya, Riyadh.

24th - 26th March 2006:  TRH visit Riyadh.

2nd August 2005:  To convey Her Majesty The Queen's condolences to the Saudi Royal Family following the death of King Fahd.

10th February 2004:  Visit to Riyadh.

16th - 18th February 2001:  Visit to Riyadh.

22nd - 23rd November 1999:  Meetings with King Fahd, Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and other members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family, who had invited him to spend some of the time walking and painting.

4th - 6th March 1997:  Visited Riyadh.

7th - 13th November 1993:  Visited Saudi Arabia as part of an overseas tour to Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

21st - 24th December 1990:  Official visit.

17th - 21st November 1986:  Tour with The Princess of Wales to Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

 

SERBIA 

16th – 17th March 2016: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

 

SIERRA LEONE

27th - 30th November 2006:  Official visit.

 

SINGAPORE

30th October - 2nd November 2017: First official joint visit by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. 

6th - 8th March 1979:  Official visit.

 

SLOVAKIA

1st 2nd June 2000:  Meeting with Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda, visits to projects in Bratislava and the country's heartlands reflecting progress in conservation of the built and natural environment, and to the Hope Centre for Silent Victims of Violence.

 

SLOVENIA

2nd - 3rd November 1998:  Visits including Bled Island, Triglav National Park, Brdo Castle (dinner given by the President) and Ljubljana (where The Prince opened British Week).

 

SOUTH AFRICA

31st October - 5th November 1997:  Visited Pretoria, Fugitive's Drift, Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg; Prince Harry joined The Prince of Wales from 29th October to 3rd November, for engagements including a visit to a Zulu village and a concert featuring the Spice Girls.

 

SPAIN

30th March - 4th April 2011:  The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Portugal, Spain and Morocco from 28th March to 6th April 2011. The 10-day tour was to promote UK trade.

24th March 2004:  Madrid.

22nd May 2004:  Wedding of His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias and Dona Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano at the Cathedral del Almuneda.

14th March 2002:  Official visit.

11th May 2001:  Valencia.

18th March 1995:  Represented The Queen at the wedding of Infanta Elena to Don Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Fejada, at Seville.

6th - 7th April 1993:  Represented The Queen at the funeral of the Count of Barcelona, Madrid.

20th - 22nd May 1992: Official visit. Expo 92 with The Princess of Wales.

30th April - 1st May 1991: Official - conference on "The Future of European Urban Environment'' organised by the European Commission in Madrid.

23rd - 26th April 1987:  Visit with The Princess of Wales.

 

SRI LANKA

14th - 16th November 2013: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo. Their Royal Highnesses attended the CHOGM opening ceremony and official dinner. The Prince of Wales was officially represented Her Majesty The Queen at CHOGM.

28th February 2005:  Batticaloa district, to see areas affected by the tsunami disaster.

3rd - 6th February 1998:  Attended celebrations for 50th anniversary of Independence Day, in Colombo, 3rd to 6th February.

 

ST. CHRISTOPHER & NEVIS

1st June 1973:  Opened newly restored Prince of Wales' Bastion.

 

ST. LUCIA

3rd - 14th March 2008:  TRH visit the Caribbean for an 11-day tour. Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to the Caribbean was aimed at reinforcing Britain’s ties with important Commonwealth countries. It was also aimed at advancing key British Government priorities in the promotion of sustainable development, environmental protection and youth opportunity.

 

SWAZILAND

27th March - 2nd April 1987:  Tour as a director of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

28th October -6th November 1997:  Official part of tour to Lesotho and South Africa.

 

SWITZERLAND

23rd May 2006:  HRH visits Geneva to deliver a speech on integrated health to the World Health Assembly.

9th December 2005:  HRH visits to open new suspension bridge in Klosters.

26th March 2004:  Visit to Geneva.

2nd - 3rd November 2000:  Meetings with President Adolf Ogi, visits to architectural restoration projects in Berne's medieval old town, an organic farm in Reichenbach, the Alpine resort of Kandersteg, and the construction site of the Lotschberg tunnel, which will be the longest railway tunnel ever built.

4th - 5th February 1992:  Official visit to Davos.

7th - 8th September 1991:  Official - 700th Anniversary Celebrations of the Swiss Confederation.

8th March 1988:  Official visit.

23rd January 1981:  Federal Institute of Technology.

18th January 1980:  Luncheon at Zurich on the 60th anniversary of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.

 

TANZANIA

November 2011:  Part of an overseas visit to Kuwait, Qatar, South Africa and Tanzania. In Tanzania the Royal visit was part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Independence.

18th - 21st March 1984:  Tour as a director of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

 

THAILAND

3rd - 5th February 1988:  Visited Bangkok and Chiang Mai with The Princess of Wales on the occasion of The King of Thailand's 60th birthday.

 

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

3rd - 14th March 2008:  TRH visit the Caribbean for an 11-day tour. Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to the Caribbean was aimed at reinforcing Britain’s ties with important Commonwealth countries. It was also aimed at advancing key British Government priorities in the promotion of sustainable development, environmental protection and youth opportunity.

21st - 24th February 2000:  Meeting with President Arthur Robinson; visit to a Caribbean steelband yard; speech about the Commonwealth at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies; presentation of a 205-year-old silver chalice recording warm links between Britain and Tobago; and a cricket reception.

 

TURKEY

24th – 25th April 2015: Attended the Gallipoli 100 commemorations alongside Prince Harry.

22nd - 29th November 2007:  TRH visit Uganda and Turkey. The specific themes of the tour was sustainable development, youth opportunity, environmental protection, inter-faith dialogue, military co-operation and corporate social responsibility.

25th April 2005:  90th Anniversary of Gallipoli Landings, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.

22nd - 31st October 2004:  Istanbul, Mardin.

21st - 22nd December 1996:  Attended the christening of HRH Princess Maria Olympia of Greece, daughter of Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess Pavlos of Greece.

6th - 8th October 1993:  Visited Istanbul, and hosted a British trade seminar on HMY Britannia.

11th May 1989:  Official visit.

 

TURKMENISTAN

4th - 12th November 1996:  Tour of Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan and Uzbekistan.

 

UGANDA

22nd - 29th November 2007:  TRH visit Uganda and Turkey. The specific themes of the tour was sustainable development, youth opportunity, environmental protection, inter-faith dialogue, military co-operation and corporate social responsibility.

 

UKRAINE

4th - 12th November 1996:  Tour of Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan and Uzbekistan.

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

6th – 8th November 2016: Official visit with The Duchess of Cornwall.

19th - 28th February 2007:  TRH completed a 10-day tour of five Gulf States.

17th - 20th November 1999:  Meetings with senior members of ruling families; visits to Dubai Air Show, the British Council, environmental projects, and a garden party for British and UAE business communities.

3rd December 1996:  Celebrations marking the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of the State.

7th - 13th November 1993:  Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

12th -19th March 1989:  Official with The Princess of Wales.

 

URUGUAY

11th - 16th March 1999:  Meeting with the President and Presidential banquet, visits including an agriculture experimental centre, a new plastics production plant, the Anglo-Uruguayan Cultural Institute, a primary school and Uruguay's national soccer stadium.

 

USA

17th - 20th March 2015: TRH visited Washington and Louisville. Their Royal Highnesses undertook a broad range of engagements to promote the UK's partnership with the United States in key areas such as sustainability and climate change, creating youth opportunities, encouraging corporate social responsibility and promoting historical and cultural links.

3rd - 5th May 2011:  Official visit.

27th - 28th January 2007:  TRH visit Philadelphia and New York. In New York, The Prince of Wales, who was accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, was presented with the 10th Global Environmental Citizen Award from Harvard Medical School's Centre for Health and the Global Environment by former US Vice President Al Gore and actress Meryl Streep.

1st - 8th November 2005:  First Royal Tour with TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

11th June 2004:  Visited Washington.

11th March 1997:  Visited New York and the United Nations headquarters.

17th - 18th July 1996:  Visited Biltmore, The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture Summer School in North Carolina, and engagements in New York and Rhode Island connected to the Mary Rose Trust.

1st - 4th November 1994:  Visited Los Angeles.

12th-14th February 1993:  Visited Washington and the William and Mary College tercentenary celebrations at Williamsburg, Virginia.

16th - 23rd February 1990:  Official visit.

17th - 20th February 1989:  Official visit.

4th - 7th March 1988:  Visited Pittsburgh and Palm Beach.

2nd - 5th September 1986:  Attended Harvard's 350th anniversary celebrations, and visited Chicago.

17th - 23rd February 1986:  Visited Texas and California.

9th - 13th November 1985:  Visited Washington and Palm Beach, Florida, with The Princess of Wales.

27th - 29th October 1982:  As President of the International Council of the United World Colleges, opened the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West at Montezuma, New Mexico.

17th - 18th June 1981:  Visit to New York, flying by Concorde for the first time.

30th April - 2nd May 1981:  Received an honorary fellowship from the College of William and Mary at Williamsburg, Virginia, and was guest of honour at the annual Oxford and Cambridge Dinner in Washington. During the visit, he was entertained at a private dinner party in the White House by President Ronald Reagan and Mrs Reagan.

18th - 30th October 1977:  Visits to Chicago, Cleveland, St Louis, Atlanta, Charleston, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

30th April - 2nd May 1975:  Official visit.

16th - 18th July 1970:  Visit with Princess Anne, as guests of President Nixon's daughters and son-in-law in Washington.

 

UZBEKISTAN

4th - 12th November 1996:  Tour of Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan and Uzbekistan.

 

VANUATU 

7th April 2018: The Prince of Wales visited Vanuatu on Saturday 7th April, where his programme included learning more about the reconstruction which had taken place following the devastating impact of Cyclone Pam.

 

VENEZUELA

22nd - 24th February 1992:  In connection with United World Colleges.

22nd - 25th February 1989

16th - 22nd March 1978:  Official visit.

 

YUGOSLAVIA

23rd -27th October 1978:  Official visit.

 

ZAMBIA

21st - 24th March 1984:  Tour as a director of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

 

ZIMBABWE

24th - 26th March 1980:  Tour as a director of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

15th - 18th April 1980:  Represented The Queen at the Independence Celebrations.

 

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall undertake a wide range of engagements throughout the UK.

Wales

His Royal Highness has had a long and enduring relationship with Wales since becoming Prince of Wales at the age of nine.  Prior to his investiture at Caernarfon Castle on 1st July 1969, The Prince, who was at Cambridge University at the time, spent a term at Aberystwyth University learning Welsh, and still often uses Welsh phrases in speeches in Wales.

In addition to attending important national occasions in Wales, such as the opening of the National Assembly, The NATO Summit and the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, and other engagements throughout the year, Their Royal Highnesses visit Wales every summer for a concentrated week of engagements, known as Wales Week.  This sees The Prince and The Duchess visit both rural and urban projects, often linked to His Royal Highness's charities.

The Prince of Wales's Charities are very active in Wales:  more than 3,000 of the most disadvantaged young people in Wales are supported by The Prince’s Trust each year; PRIME Cymru has helped thousands of people aged over 50 to start their own business, while Business in the Community Cymru has 300 businesses of all sizes engaged across Wales and has raised millions of pounds of in kind support for hundreds of community projects.

The Prince is Patron of a number of Welsh charities and organisations such as The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Ty Hafan: the children’s hospice in Wales; the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen and the Welsh National Opera.  He is also Patron of the University of Wales Trinity St David.

In 2000, The Prince revived the tradition of having an official harpist in order to foster Welsh talent on the harp, the national instrument of Wales.

HRH's Welsh home is Llwynywermod, Myddfai, near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire. The property, acquired by The Duchy of Cornwall in 2006, is used regularly by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall when they are in Wales.

Scotland

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall share a fondness for Scotland, spending time in the country both carrying out public engagements and privately at their Birkhall residence on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire.

Their Royal Highnesses also visit Dumfries House in East Ayrshire several times throughout year. The Prince intervened in 2007 to save the house, its unique contents and wider estate for the nation.  Following the successful restoration of the house and the estate, Dumfries House now undertakes heritage-led regeneration programmes in the wider community and elsewhere in Scotland.  Meanwhile, the estate has been developed as a hub for the many of The Prince's charitable activities, combining programmes in heritage, culture, and community education. Read more about Dumfries House.

This builds on the earlier work of bodies such as the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, which has been involved in preserving Scotland’s built heritage since its very first project at Stanley Mills in Perthshire in 1997.

The Prince’s Trust Scotland has any even longer track record, having helped 120,000 people in Scotland since it was founded in 1976.  In 2016, The Prince opened Scotland's largest youth employment and enterprise hub, The Prince's Trust Wolfson Centre in Glasgow.  Business in the Community Scotland continues to play a major role in promoting responsible business practices, working in partnership with businesses and other bodies in Scotland.  In 2005, The Prince launched the North Highland Initiative (NHI) to support the particularly remote and rural communities of the North of Scotland.  The Mey Selections brand was created to market locally-reared meat and other produce and, since then, the Prince has been a driving force behind bringing sustainable tourism into the area around the now-famous North Coast 500 route.

The Prince of Wales, or Duke of Rothesay as His Royal Highness is known in Scotland, is Patron of a number of Scottish organisations such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, Glasgow School of Art and the Gordon Highlanders Museum.

His Royal Highness recently became Patron of the Scottish Tartans Authority and Scottish Highland Games Association.

Northern Ireland

The Prince visits Northern Ireland regularly and many of his charities such as The Prince's Trust and Business in the Community are active in the province. He is also Patron of charities such as The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation and the Ulster Watercolour Society.

HRH's recent visits to Northern Ireland have included: the Corrymeela Community in County Antrim; the Loughgall Museum of Orange Heritage in County Armagh; the Seamus Heaney Homeplace in County Londonderry, and Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry, many of them jointly with The Duchess of Cornwall.  In October 2017, the Prince made a special visit to communities affected by flooding in County Londonderry.

His Royal Highness supports Northern Ireland Culture by holding concerts featuring performers from Northern Ireland at Hillsborough Castle in County Down, the Royal residence in Northern Ireland. 

The Prince of Wales has taken a particular interest in the redesign of the house and gardens at Hillsborough, and has helped Historic Royal Palaces in their work to make the castle into one of the most significant tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.

In 2017, in recognition of the various traditions, The Prince of Wales commissioned a piece of music from Northern Ireland Composer Neil Martin, setting words in the Irish language, in English and in Ulster Scots. HRH also chose and recorded a favourite poem by Seamus Heaney for the museum dedicated to the poet in his home community of Bellaghy, which Their Royal Highnesses visited in 2017, together with the Irish President. The Prince of Wales is jointly Patron, with the Irish President, of the Irish Studies Centre at Liverpool University.

England

As well as conducting many of their engagements each year in England, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall also attend a number of important national occasions in England.

In addition, The Prince is Patron of a number of specifically English organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the Safer London Foundation, the Mary Rose Trust, the Sussex Cattle Society, the Turner Society, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Age Concern England, the Elgar Foundation and Taste of the West which promotes produce from the South West of England.

As Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Their Royal Highnesses make regular visits to the South West of England and are both Patron to a number of charities and organisations based in the region.

Those who are listed as receiving Honours in The Queen's Birthday Honours and New Year Honours lists are invested by Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, or The Princess Royal, at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace, or Windsor Castle.

On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales conducts Investitures at Buckingham Palace around twelve times each year, investing nearly 1000 individuals a year. He also attends a number of state functions such as the State Opening of Parliament, Inward State Visits (when an overseas Head of State visit the UK), and key Commonwealth events. Find out more about Investitures.

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