Royal visit: King to host Prince Charles and Camilla

2011-11-03 00:00

KING Goodwill Zwelithini will be hosting Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Ulundi tomorrow, before the royal couple head to the Phinda Community Game Reserve.

The couple’s fleeting visit to KwaZulu-Natal is part of a five-day tour of South Africa, which began yesterday when the Prince of Wales flew in to Waterkloof Airbase in Pretoria to join his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, who arrived earlier. They are visiting Soweto today, focusing on heritage and entrepreneurship.

The royals will also be treated to a performance by the Soweto Gospel Choir in Freedom Square.

Prince Charles then heads to Pretoria for a corporate leadership event with 20 chief executives from prominent South African enterprises. The Duchess will visit a women’s refuge, Potter’s House, in Burgher Park, Pretoria.

The pair then head back to Johannesburg for an event at the Nelson Mandela Foundation where they will be reviewing the archives and meeting Graca Machel and children who have benefited from the Foundation.

Prince Charles will also attend a garden party in Hyde Park, which will focus on education, entrepreneurship and sport, and later the royals will make a courtesy call on the acting president, Kgalema Motlanthe, in Pretoria.

After their visit to KZN on Friday, the royal couple will fly down to Cape Town, where their Saturday diary includes a visit to Kirstenbosh Gardens, a sustainable development/fisheries event in the harbour, an education/community event in Masiphumelele township, a sustainable development/wool event at a V&A Waterfront, a township clean development in Khayelitsha and an evening reception in Somerset West.

Prince Charles will also make a keynote speech on climate change at the University of Cape Town.

On Sunday the royals will attend a Eucharist service at St George’s Cathedral, before leaving South Africa for a three-and- a-half day visit to Tanzania.

The last time the Prince of Wales was in South Africa on an official visit was in 1997 when he was accompanied by Prince Harry.

It is the Duchess of Cornwell’s first official visit to South Africa.

The Clarence House twitter feed — @ClarenceHouse — will cover the visit using #TRHAfrica, a hash tag that will remain valid for the element in Tanzania.

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