Royals to visit India, Sri Lanka in November

India News Bulletin Desk

UK royalty, Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, will make a nine day visit to India next month travelling to cities including Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi.

After their visit to India, the royals will head to Sri Lanka where Prince Charles will represent the queen at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall to visit India and Sri Lanka
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla will be in India from Wednesday, 6 November to Thursday 14 November 2013, coinciding with Diwali festivities in India. They will be in Sri Lanka from Thursday 14, November to Saturday, 16 November 2013.

The visit next month will mark the Prince’s and the Duchess’s third official visit to India together. Previously, they have visited India together in 2006 and 2010.

When in India, the royal couple will meet government, cultural and business heads in India to promote the strong UK-India partnership in key areas such as conservation, education, growing business links, women's empowerment and training. 

They will also have the opportunity to celebrate religious diversity, creativity and the vibrant individual family ties between the two countries, according to the British High Commissioner’s office in India.

In their extensive stay in India, the Prince will also make an off-road trip into an "elephant corridor" in Kerala, while the Duchess will visit the prestigious Doon School, and both their Royal Highnesses will visit the Indian Military Academy and attend a Bollywood-themed gala dinner in Mumbai.

The royal couple will also mark Remembrance Sunday while in India.

Following their nine-day stay in India, the royals will visit Sri Lanka for the CHOGM in Colombo. The couple will attend the official opening ceremony and a dinner, hosted by the Prince, for Commonwealth Heads of Government.

In addition, The Prince will hold a small number of meetings with Commonwealth Heads and others on issues of key importance to the summit. In Sri Lanka, they will also carry out a programme of official engagements including a visit to a mental health initiative, a hospital and a tea estate. The Prince’s Sri Lanka visit will be his first after his visit in 2005 just after the Boxing Day tsunami.

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