Prince Charles in Gambia for first leg of Africa trip

Prince Charles and Camilla arrive in Gambia. (Photo: AP)
Prince Charles and Camilla arrive in Gambia. (Photo: AP)

Gambia — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Gambia on Wednesday to begin a three-day visit.

President Adama Barrow and first lady Fatoumata Barrow greeted the royal couple along with Gambians who came out in throngs for their arrival.

In February, Gambia was accepted back into the Commonwealth of Nations, which is made up mostly of countries that were once British colonies. Former leader Yahya Jammeh withdrew in 2003, accusing the organisation of being a "neo-colonial institution."

The British High Commission in Gambia said the visit would celebrate the UK's "dynamic, forward-looking partnership with the Commonwealth nations on a range of shared priorities."

The royal couple attended an official welcome gala dinner where they met representatives from the Chevening Awards programme and Commonwealth Scholarships Alumni.

Charles and Camilla are scheduled to meet with Barrow on Thursday.

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