Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla to visit Egypt in November

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Oct 2021

Prince of Wales, Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, will be visiting Egypt from 18 to 19 November at the request of the British government and will be received by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and First Lady Entissar El-Sisi on arrival.

Charles   Camilla
File Photo: Britain s Prince Charles, left, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall taken on September 28, 2021. AP

The visit, the first overseas tour by a senior member of the royal family during the pandemic, will also include a visit to Jordan, a statement by Prince Charles’ office read.

During their visit to Egypt, the royals will also hold discussions with Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb on religious harmony and the role of faith in protecting the environment.

“This will serve to further strengthen religious ties between the UK and Egypt,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, British Ambassador to Egypt Gareth Bayley explained on Monday that the royals will visit the sites of ancient and modern Egypt.

“This visit is a strong proof of the importance of the relations between the UK and Egypt and consolidates our humanitarian links,” Bayley said in a recorded video that the embassy posted on Facebook.

He stressed that the visit will be "historic" and will “demonstrate our joint friendship and commitment.”

The visit will review Egypt’s commitment to protecting the environment as Cairo bids for the presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference, which is set to be held in November 2022.

“The prince has a deep and longstanding interest in these issues and will be taking the opportunity to discuss how we best work together to combat climate change,” the statement added.

Egypt has recently announced plans to allocate 50 percent of the state’s new investments to green projects by 2024 as part of the country's vision to integrate environmental considerations and combat climate change into the overall development plans.

The visit, which will be Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's first visit to Egypt since 2006, also underlines the country’s close relationship with the UK and highlight religious tolerance across Egyptian society as well as efforts to preserve cultural heritage.

Additionally, the Duchess of Cornwall will focus on women’s empowerment in the country and will be briefed on the stories of Egyptian female leaders as well as matriarchs supporting their families.

Moreover, Prince Charles will celebrate the UK’s support for efforts to protect cultural heritage by meeting a number of craftspeople and conservationists.

The prince will also meet with young entrepreneurs in Egypt’s private sector to discuss innovative businesses in the country and opportunities for adopting environmentally friendly practices.

The royal couple will then visit Alexandria to celebrate Egypt’s ancient culture, according to the statement.

Short link: