Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall depart Egypt after two-day visit

Ahram Online , MENA , Saturday 20 Nov 2021

Britain's Crown Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker – the Duchess of Cornwall – left Egypt on Friday, concluding their two-day visit to the country.

Prince Charles, Duchess
Britain's Crown Prince Charles and Duchess Camila of Cornwall take a photo in the Pyramids area. Royal Twitter account

On Friday, the royal couple made a tour of the ancient city of Alexandria, where they visited Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Mostafa El-Fiqi gifted Prince Charles several books on the Egyptian civilisation.

The royal couple signed in the library's guest book and expressed their admiration of the library.

They also visited Alexandria’s Jesuit Cultural Centre, where they received the Egyptian Ankh (Key of Life) as a souvenir gift.

They then toured the centre's church where its sacristan briefed them on its history, societal and religious role.

The royal couple visited the Alexandrian portrait exhibition that shows the history of figures with Alexandrian roots such as Hind Rostom and Tawfiq Al-Hakim.

Duchess Camilla attended a panel discussion with children trained on screenwriting and watched a video of their workshops and training programs.

Prince Charles also visited the Greek Campus in downtown Cairo, during which he met with climate leaders, emerging tech startups and institutional sustainability leaders.

The prince was shown young entrepreneurs’ projects to support ecological projects using digital technology as well as social projects to protect women against violence and harassment.

Accompanied by Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, Prince Charles participated in the event organized by the British Embassy in Cairo as part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative.

The prince lauded Egypt’s efforts to support women, pointing to a recently passed law meant to protect them from violence and harassment.

The duchess visited Brooke Hospital for Animals, which was founded in 1934 in Cairo's Sayeda Zeinab district.

During the pandemic, @TheBrooke ran a feeding programme for 1,700 horses working at tourist sites across Egypt, as their owners lost income due to the lack of tourism. #RoyalVisitEgypt

— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) November 19, 2021

The Duchess of Cornwall toured the hospital and talked with the hospital’s staff and posed for photos with them, before they dedicated a souvenir to her.

“The Duchess has returned to The Brooke Veterinary Hospital, where she first discovered the charity in 2006,” according to a tweet by the royal couple’s account.

The Brooke has four other hospitals and 28 mobile teams treating around 160,000 horses, mules, and donkeys annually, said a royal tweet.

On Thursday, Prince Charles visited on his own Bayt Al-Razzaz in Historic Cairo and inspected handicrafts.

In Beit al-Razzazz, the Prince heard how the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation documents and preserves treasures of Mamluk geometry of Cairo’s minbars. ✍️

— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) November 19, 2021

The prince talked to young craftspeople from the Jameel School, which is supported by the Prince Foundation to teach classes in traditional Islamic geometry and arabesque studies.

The duchess visited Ezbat Khairallah area in Cairo to follow up on an initiative supervised by the British Council aiming to empower women and youth and improve the lives of needy families.

The royal couple also visited the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx.

“A phenomenal moment at one of Egypt’s great sites of rich ancient history,” the royal couple wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of themselves alongside the Sphinx.

Attending a reception party at the Giza Pyramids Plateau, Prince Charles reiterated the strong ties, binding the UK and Egypt, and stressed that “whoever drinks from the Nile once, is bound to return to Egypt.”

A galaxy of top state officials, politicians, artists and public figures, led by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, were attending.

He shed light on the importance of exerting great efforts to protect the environment, citing that the ancient Egyptians had set up a system for protecting the environment, which proved their awareness of the significance of this issue.

He praised Egypt’s eagerness to be in the forefront advocates of the issue of climate change.

Prince Charles expressed deep appreciation of Egypt for hosting the coming UN climate summit (COP27).

Prince Charles asserted the importance of consolidating efforts of the international community in confronting challenges facing nature and the climate.

Upon arrival in Egypt, the royal couple was received by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and First Lady Entissar El-Sisi at Cairo’s Ittihadiya Presidential Palace.

They also met with Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb in Islamic Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, the world's leading Sunni Muslim institution.

During the meeting, El-Tayyeb extended his keenness to enhance scientific, religious, and cultural ties with the United Kingdom and the Anglican Church.

The meeting sought to discuss means of enhancing dialogue among religions and to review ongoing social crises across the world, at the top of which is climate change, Al-Azhar said in a statement.

Prince Charles hailed El-Tayyeb's efforts over the past years in countering extremism and promoting a culture of dialogue among religions.

The prince said he has followed closely El-Tayyeb’s recent efforts to spread tolerance and acceptance, including during the grand imam's recent visit to the Vatican where he met with Pope Francis.

Prince Charles held a meeting with head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros in Cairo, where they discussed issues of climate change and violence against women.

This is the second time Prince has met with Pope Tawadros, the first was in London in May 2017.

UK Ambassador in Cairo Gareth Bayley thanked Egyptians for the warm welcome offered to Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.

"Take-off! Your Royal Highnesses, Thank You for visiting Egypt. Egypt, thank you for your wonderful welcome of their Royal Highnesses," Bayley tweeted.

The royal couple’s visit to Egypt is the first since 2006. Prince Charles also visited the country in 1981 with the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Earlier in the week, the royal couple visited Jordan as part of the first overseas tour by a senior member of the royal family during the pandemic.

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