In a statement from Clarence House on Monday it said: “The British Government has asked The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to undertake official visits to Portugal, Spain and Morocco from 28 March to 6 April 2011.”
It added that the themes of the tour will include highlighting commercial diplomacy, co-operation on climate change and building a low-carbon economy, faith and minority communities and youth opportunities, the military and cultural links.
The tour will begin in Lisbon, where among other engagements The Prince and The Duchess “will celebrate long-standing co-operation between the Portuguese and British Navies, support British trade and investment opportunities and highlight the work of the substantial resident British community.”
The visit will also include an official dinner hosted by Portugal’s President, Cavaco Silva.
A spokesman from Clarence House told The Portugal News: “Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Monserrate Rose Garden during their visit, which the resident British Community has had a lot of involvement with. The Prince will also visit Alcochete and Évora, as well as the engagements that Their Royal Highnesses will be undertaking around Lisbon.”
Clive Alderton, Private Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs said in a statement on Monday about Their Royal Highnesses visit: “Portugal is Britain’s oldest ally,” adding: “It is a bond which has endured for six centuries and lacks no contemporary relevance, be it in terms of commercial and investment opportunities for Britain’s economy, our shared membership of the EU and NATO, or in terms of the close relationship between the Royal Navy and her Portuguese counterpart.”
According to Clarence House, the Prince of Wales has made two official visits to Portugal in 1987 and 1998, ten to Spain and two to Morocco. However this will be the first official visit to each of the countries for The Duchess of Cornwall.
In Spain, The Prince and The Duchess will be received in Madrid by The Prince and Princess of Asturias, attend an official dinner at the Royal Palace and have lunch with Their Majesties The King and Queen of Spain.
Again, trade and investment promotion will be to the fore to support the UK economy. Their Royal Highnesses will meet and thank the volunteers who support the large British population in Spain and will also visit Seville, where the Royal Couple will undertake a number of engagements throughout the city.
The Spring Tour will finish in Morocco. In Rabat, Their Royal Highnesses will be guests of The King of Morocco, who will receive them for a meeting and an official dinner. The programme will focus on support for British companies and their work on corporate social and environmental responsibility, together with youth opportunities.
Meanwhile, with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding set for 29 April, there has been no word about where the couple will be spending their honeymoon, despite the Algarve tourism board’s invitation last year.
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