Britain's Charles to visit Colombia, Mexico
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will pay a nine-day visit to Colombia and Mexico starting later this month, his Clarence House residence announced Friday.
The heir to the throne and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Colombia from October 28 to November 2, then go on to Mexico until November 5.
Clarence House said the visit was at the request of the British government, following invitations from the presidents of both countries.
"The visit will be a major boost to the bilateral relationship between the UK and these two dynamic and influential nations in Latin America," a spokeswoman said.
In Bogota, the royal couple will be received at the presidential palace before an official banquet.
Other engagements in the Colombian capital will focus on traditional arts and crafts, historical architecture, organic food and wool, plus trade and investment.
Charles will also visit the Macarena National Park in southern Colombia. The couple will end their five-day visit in Cartagena, where Charles will deliver the concluding speech at the Health Of The Oceans international conference.
Charles, the Duke of Cornwall, and their Mexico trip begins in Real del Monte, which has historical links to the southwest English county and its mining heritage.
They are to visit Mexico City for an official welcome by the president.
In Campeche, the royals will visit the Edzna Maya archaeological site to see how the ruins have been restored, while in Monterrey, they will see the successful regeneration of the area's historical sites.
Charles, 65, visited Colombia in 1974 as a naval officer, while he has visited Mexico four times since 1966.
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