At the request of Her Majesty’s Government, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will make their first official visit to The Republic of Cyprus to recognise the work of the UN Peacekeeping Force and celebrate traditional Cypriot culture.
Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to The Republic of Cyprus – from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st March – will be the first Royal visit since Her Majesty The Queen visited in 1993.
The programme will celebrate the historic ties between the United Kingdom and Cyprus, our shared membership of the Commonwealth, and our dynamic forward-looking relationship in areas such as education and science. This visit will also recognise the UK’s role as the largest troop contributor to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.
Their Royal Highnesses’ visit will focus on the capital, Nicosia, and will also include rural visits to the nearby Troodos mountains, and to Larnaca district, where Their Royal Highnesses will celebrate traditional Cypriot culture, food, and crafts, and Cyprus’ unique heritage. The Prince and The Duchess are also expected to engage with UK military personnel based in country, including British UN peacekeepers and members of the Mercian Regiment of which His Royal Highness is Colonel-in-Chief.
Their Royal Highnesses’ programme will include a visit to the UN Buffer Zone to acknowledge the peacekeeping work being undertaken by the UN and highlight initiatives which are building links between the communities of Cyprus, meeting both Greek – and Turkish-Cypriot community members.
The Prince of Wales will attend a meeting of the Commonwealth Blue Charter Champions from across the Commonwealth. His Royal Highness will also meet religious leaders from Cyprus’s diverse religious communities. The Duchess of Cornwall, as Patron of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, will visit a partner organisation which has recently participated in the charity’s Battersea Academy to see how the organisation is implementing its learning in Cyprus. Her Royal Highness will also continue her work to highlight the issue of domestic violence and rape around the world and engage with organisations working to support survivors.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have announced their next trip abroad: in mid-March, Charles will spend two days in Bosnia and Herzegovina; after that, Camilla will join him for official visits to The Republic of Cyprus and The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Official royal visits are undertaken at the request of the UK government, and used as a tool for soft diplomacy. In a statement, Clarence House set out the intentions of this trip: the Prince of Wales is visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina to mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide, and that his stay there will “highlight reforms to improve citizens’ lives”; in Charles and Camilla’s first official visit to Cyprus, they will “recognize the work of the UN Peacekeeping Force and celebrate traditional Cypriot culture”; finally, in Jordan, the royal couple will “learn what the country is doing to support refugees and showcase its rich cultural history.”
Here, all the details of the couple’s itinerary that have been revealed thus far.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: MARCH 17-18
In Srebrenica, Charles will visit the memorial at Srebrenica to mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide, where he’ll pay his respects to victims and meet with survivors.
Then in Sarajevo, Charles will call on the country’s tripartite presidency, and meet with leaders in business, politics, culture, civil society, the armed forces, and religion. He’ll also stop by historic sites in the old town, and speak with students who created projects under a program implemented by the British Council. Finally, he’ll meet with members of the UK military who are working to strengthen the BiH-UK defense relationship.
THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS: MARCH 18-21
Charles and Camilla are set to visit Nicosia, as well as the Troodos mountians and the Larnaca district. They’ll also meet with UK military personnel—chiefly, British UN peacekeepers and the Mercian Regiment—and travel to the UN Buffer Zone, speaking with both Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot locals.
The Prince of Wales will also attend a meeting of the Commonwealth Blue Charter Champions and meet with religious leaders. For her part, Camilla will meet with a partner organization of her patronages, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and “continue her work to highlight the issue of domestic violence and rape around the world and engage with organizations working to support survivors.”
THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN: MARCH 21-25
The royal couple will see some exciting sites in Jordan, including a town that was once part of the Greek and Roman Decapolis and a national park.
In addition, they’ll visit the country’s first historical capital, the City of Salt, where they’ll meet with the Jordanian winner of the 2019 Global Prince’s Trust International Award, and learn more about the Prince’s Trust International’s work in the country.
Charles and Camilla’s trip will in part focus on how Jordan continues to host large populations of refugees, visiting with Charles’s patronage International Rescue Committee and other organizations to learn about their work.
The Duke and Duchess will also spend time with members of the Jordanian royal family. King Abdallah II, as the Custodian of the Islamic and Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem, will lead an interfaith discussion that Charles will participate in, and Camilla will learn about Queen Rania’s work to protect children and mothers.
Camilla will undertake some solo engagements, including a stop by a UNICEF-supported school and a Women of the World event.