KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 – Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visiting Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Perak and Penang on their first official trip to Malaysia next month as part of his Southeast Asia tour to celebrate the UK’s longstanding ties and partnership with Commonwealth countries.
British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell said the Prince of Wales and his wife will start their official visit in Singapore on Oct 31, then proceeding to Malaysia on Nov 3, and then proceeding to India. Key events in the programme include a gala dinner celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and Malaysia, attended by senior dignitaries in Malaysia as well as key figures from business, arts, culture and media.
The programme also includes a celebration of the Commonwealth in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Summits to be held in the UK in 2018 and Malaysia in 2020. The Prince and the Duchess will also visit Sarawak and Perak where they will see first-hand the work being done to promote wildlife conservation and the protection of biodiversity.
Also on the agenda for Prince Charles and Camilla is a meeting with members of Sarawak’s diverse indigenous communities. The Duchess of Cornwall will meet representatives of Purple Lily, a non-governmental organisation committed to inspiring and empowering disadvantaged women and young girls by providing life skills training and financial education.
They will end their visit to Malaysia with a trip to George Town, Penang, originally named Prince of Wales Island. The Prince and the Duchess will have the opportunity to meet members of the different religious and ethnic communities who live side-by-side in the Unesco World Heritage site, and to experience its rich cultural heritage, the statement said.
Meanwhile, in Singapore, the royal couple will be welcomed by President Halimah Yacob at a ceremony at the Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. They are also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong before attending an official dinner.
Their visit will also include a meeting with leaders from Singapore’s 10 national religions aimed at highlighting the republic’s innovative approach to community cohesion. Prince Charles and Camilla head to India on Nov 8 where they are schedule to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and undertake various engagements to celebrate the UK/India Year of Culture.