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Prince Charles and Camilla will visit Jordan and Egypt next month

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will embark on their first major overseas tour since the pandemic began with a trip to the Middle East.

Clarence House said Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, 74, have been asked by the British government to visit Jordan and Egypt and will tour the countries from November 16-19.

Tours are an important part of the royal calendar and allow the State Department and the Commonwealth to use their legendary ‘soft power’ and open doors normally unavailable to diplomats and politicians.

But due to the Covid pandemic, the wings of the royal family have been clipped and this will be the first royal overseas tour in nearly two years.

The Prince and Duchess are both double stabbed and will likely have had their boosters by the time the trip takes place. Since the Queen no longer travels abroad, any journey by Charles is akin to a state visit and is treated with great significance.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will embark on their first major overseas tour since the pandemic began with a trip to the Middle East. Pictured in Jordan in 2013. Clarence House shared the news with some throwback footage

Clarence House said Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, 74, have been asked by the British government to visit Jordan and Egypt and will tour the countries from November 16-19. Pictured, the royal couple in Egypt in 2006

Chris Fitzgerald, the prince’s deputy private secretary, said climate change would be one of the main themes of the visit, and other issues would include interfaith dialogue, women’s empowerment and cultural heritage conservation efforts.

Mr Fitzgerald said: ‘The first royal tour in nearly two years comes at an important time in the UK’s relationship with both countries.

Their Royal Highnesses will travel first to Jordan, where they will celebrate both Jordan’s centenary and 100 years of the bilateral relationship between the UK and Jordan.

The visit of ‘their Royal Highnesses’ to Egypt comes as the UK holds the COP presidency and Egypt has been nominated to assume the Cop27 presidency in 2022.

“In this decisive decade for climate action, it is therefore expected that there will be significant cooperation between the UK and Egypt in the next 12 months. Both visits will indeed be dedicated to tackling the climate crisis.’

The royal family has close ties to many of the ruling families in the Middle East, including Jordan.

Chris Fitzgerald, the prince’s deputy private secretary, said climate change would be one of the main themes of the visit, and other issues would include interfaith dialogue, women’s empowerment and cultural heritage conservation efforts. Pictured, the royal couple in Egypt in 2006

According to her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge “loved” living in Jordan as a young child after her father Michael, then a British Airways manager, moved to the capital Amman for work in 1984 to take his family. took .

Charles and Camilla will begin their four-day visit to Jordan, during which the Prince will meet with humanitarian groups he supports as patron, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Rescue Committee, and he will highlight the country’s role in hosting 650,000 registered Syrian refugees and more than two million Palestinians.

Camilla will learn about the work of Queen Rania, wife of the reigning King Abdullah II, in protecting vulnerable children and mothers, and will participate in a Women of the World event to promote women’s empowerment.

Jordan’s royal family is in turmoil after two confidants of the king’s half-brother, Prince Hamzah, were sentenced to 15 years for an alleged plot against the Western-allied monarchy.

Mr Fitzgerald said: ‘The first royal tour in nearly two years comes at an important time in the UK’s relationship with both countries.’ Pictured, the royal couple in Jordan in 2013

Bassem Awadallah, who once served as the king’s senior aide, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family, are alleged to have colluded with Prince Hamzah and were found guilty of sedition and sedition in July.

The status of Prince Hamzah, who was placed under house arrest, is unknown.

Highlights of the tour in Egypt include a UK-Egypt reception honoring the bond between the two provinces, which will be staged overlooking the pyramids on the Giza Plateau.

The royal couple will also visit the ancient city of Alexandria.

Charles and Camilla will visit the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Cairo for talks with the religious leader and young scholars about religious tolerance and the role of faith in environmental stewardship.

The prince and his wife last visited Egypt in 2006, while Charles toured Jordan in 2015 and Camilla in 2013.

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