PRINCE CHARLES, CAMILLA TO VISIT MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE AHEAD OF COMMONWEALTH SUMMIT

The Prince of Wales will visit Malaysia for the first time next month as he and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, go on their Commonwealth Nations tour ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018.

Their tour begins in Singapore on 31 October before they arrive in Kuala Lumpur on 3 November, where they will attend a gala dinner celebrating the UK and Malaysia’s 60 years of diplomatic ties. Prince Charles and Camilla will also visit Sarawak, Perak and Georgetown, Penang. Finally, they will visit India on 8 November.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are not the first British royals to visit Malaysia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Kuala Lumpur and Sabah in September 2012 on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

Any chance their Royal Highnesses will bring grandkids George and Charlotte along?

MEANWHILE, according to Channelnews Asia:

SINGAPORE: Britain’s Prince Charles will visit Singapore during a tour of Southeast Asia later this month, where he will meet President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and attend a series of events.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be welcomed by President Halimah at a ceremony at the Istana, the prince’s office said in a press release on Wednesday (Oct 4). They will also meet the Prime Minister before attending an official dinner.

This is the duchess’ first official visit to Singapore, while the prince’s last official visit was in March 1979.

Other events in their three-day visit include a meeting with leaders from Singapore’s 10 national religions “to highlight Singapore’s innovative approach to community cohesion”, an event with representatives from British companies working in Singapore, as well as an event to celebrate UK-Singapore cultural collaborations.

Prince Charles will also attend a wreath-laying ceremony to acknowledge the sacrifices made by British, Singaporean and Commonwealth personnel during the two World Wars and other conflicts, the press release said.

The duchess will visit a school to meet young people aspiring to enter the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition. She will present certificates to the 2017 winners and runners-up, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, at a formal awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November.

-ELLE MALAYSIA /CNA

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