Saturday, November 4, 2017

Prince Charles begins Asia tour in Singapore

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By AFP, Asiaone, 31 October 2017


Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.
PHOTO: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.
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Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Singapore Monday to kick off an Asian tour aimed at cementing relations ahead of a meeting of Commonwealth states next year.



Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Tiong Bahru estate.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Tiong Bahru estate.
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Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Tiong Bahru Market, interacting with residents.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Tiong Bahru Market, interacting with residents.
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Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Tiong Bahru Market.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Tiong Bahru Market. They were hosted on a tour of Tiong Bahru Market by Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC and Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah.
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Prince Charles with MP Indranee Rajah at Tiong Bahru Market.
PHOTO: Prince Charles with MP Indranee Rajah at Tiong Bahru Market.
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at Tiong Bahru estate's herbal garden.
PHOTO: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at Tiong Bahru estate's herbal garden.
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Prince Charles at Tiong Bahru estate's residence corner.
PHOTO: Prince Charles at Tiong Bahru estate's residence corner.
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Their Royal Highnesses at Tiong Bahru Market's Asia fruits.
PHOTO: Their Royal Highnesses at Tiong Bahru Market's Asia fruits.
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Their Royal Highnesses at Tiong Bahru estate's lion dance welcoming ceremony.
PHOTO: Their Royal Highnesses at Tiong Bahru estate's lion dance welcoming ceremony. The white pair of lions symbolised and proclaims friendship at the loudest. One of the highest honour fitting only for the Royal Highnesses.
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Duchess Camilla with MP Indranee Rajah at Tiong Bahru Market, interacting with the aunties at the flower shop.
PHOTO: Duchess Camilla with MP Indranee Rajah at Tiong Bahru Market, interacting with the aunties at the flower shop.
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Their Royal Highnesses at Tiong Bahru estate.
PHOTO: Their Royal Highnesses at Tiong Bahru estate.
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Their Royal Highnesses at Tiong Bahru estate's garden.
PHOTO: Their Royal Highnesses at Tiong Bahru estate's garden.
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The heir to the British throne and Camilla are undertaking an 11-day trip that will also include stops in Malaysia and India.



Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named in their honour.
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Greeting fans at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

PHOTO: Greeting fans at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
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Greeting fans at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

PHOTO: Greeting fans at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
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British media had said the Foreign Office was originally considering including Myanmar on the tour, despite a military crackdown against the Muslim Rohingya minority, but in the end it was omitted from the couple's itinerary.

After arriving, Charles, wearing a suit in the tropical heat, and Camilla met Singapore athletes who were taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which travels around the world ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.



Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Singapore Monday to kick off an Asian tour aimed at cementing relations ahead of a meeting of Commonwealth states next year.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Singapore Monday to kick off an Asian tour aimed at cementing relations ahead of a meeting of Commonwealth states next year.
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After arriving, Charles, wearing a suit in the tropical heat, and Camilla met Singapore athletes who were taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which travels around the world ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

PHOTO: After arriving, Charles, wearing a suit in the tropical heat, and Camilla met Singapore athletes who were taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which travels around the world ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The heir to the British throne and Camilla are undertaking an 11-day trip that will also include stops in Malaysia and India.
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Prince Charles and Camilla met Singapore athletes who were taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which travels around the world ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and Camilla met Singapore athletes who were taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which travels around the world ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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Prince Charles and Camilla met Singapore athletes who were taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which travels around the world ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and Camilla met Singapore athletes who were taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which travels around the world ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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Prince Charles and Camilla met Singapore athletes who were taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which travels around the world ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and Camilla met Singapore athletes who were taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which travels around the world ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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On Tuesday Charles and Camilla will receive a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace, and meet President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.



Singapore's President Halimah Yacob shows Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales the way to the welcoming ceremony at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore on October 31, 2017.

PHOTO: Singapore's President Halimah Yacob shows Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales the way to the welcoming ceremony at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
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Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were welcomed by President Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee at the Istana on Oct 31, 2017.

PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were welcomed by President Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee at the Istana on Oct 31, 2017.
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Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob at the Istana in Singapore October 31, 2017.




Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore October 31, 2017.



Prince Charles and President Halimah Yacob raising their glasses in a toast during a dinner that Madam Halimah hosted for the Prince and and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at the Istana on Oct 31, 2017.

PHOTO: Prince Charles and President Halimah Yacob raising their glasses in a toast during a dinner that Madam Halimah hosted for the Prince and and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at the Istana on Oct 31, 2017.
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It is the prince's second official visit to Singapore since 1979, and the first for his wife.



The royal couple also met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee at the Istana.

PHOTO: The royal couple also met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee at the Istana.
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They will lay a wreath at the city's Cenotaph, which honours soldiers who died during World War I and II, and will have an orchid named after them - an honour typically bestowed on dignitaries visiting the city-state.

In the evening the couple will be honoured with a state banquet.


Military personnel wait for the arrival of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.

PHOTO: Military personnel wait for the arrival of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.
PHOTO: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla talk to military personnel at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.

A view of Britain's Prince Charles' military medals as he attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall talk to Commonwealth war veterans during a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall talk to Commonwealth war veterans during a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.

Military veterans salute as Britain's Prince Charles prepares to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) lays a wreath at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall observe a minute of silence during a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall observe a minute of silence during a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017. Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are on a four-day official visit in Singapore.
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Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall observe a minute of silence during a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall observe a minute of silence during a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
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Britain's Prince Charles speaks with military veterans after laying a wreath at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles speaks with military veterans after laying a wreath at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.
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Singapore's foreign ministry said the visit "reaffirms the historic and long-standing relationship between Singapore and the United Kingdom" - the city-state was a British colonial trading post for over a century and formed part of the Straits Settlements with Malacca and Penang.

It won full independence in 1965.



Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.<br>Picture posted by AFP, Asiaone on 31 October 2017

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore October 31, 2017.<br>Picture posted by AFP, Asiaone on 31 October 2017

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greets members of the public after the wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greets members of the public after the wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
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Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greets members of the public after the wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greets members of the public after the wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph war memorial in Singapore on October 31, 2017.
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After ending their trip to Singapore on Thursday, the couple will kick off a week-long trip to Malaysia. They will visit Kuala Lumpur, meet with tribespeople on Borneo island before heading to historic George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Charles and Camilla will end their tour with a visit to India, where they will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Commonwealth Summit will take place in Britain in April, with leaders from more than 50 countries expected to attend.



Duchess Camilla at Temasek Junior College.
PHOTO: Duchess Camilla meeting students at Temasek Junior College.
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PHOTO: Duchess Camilla at Temasek Junior College.
Picture posted by AFP, Asiaone on 31 October 2017
PHOTO: At the Harmony Centre.
The Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, was established as a statutory body in 1968.
Photo: MUIS
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Reference
[1] Asiaone, Prince Charles begins Asia tour in Singapore, posted on 31 October 2017, http://www.asiaone.com/singapore/prince-charles-begins-asia-tour-singapore

[2] AFP, Prince Charles begins Asia tour in Singapore, posted on Monday, 30 October 2017, https://www.geo.tv/latest/165211-prince-charles-begins-asia-tour-in-singapore