Camilla gets taste of flamenco in Spain

1st April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Camilla, the wife of Prince Charles, on Friday watched a performance of fiery Spanish flamenco as the British royal couple visited the historic Moorish city of Seville on the last full day of their visit to Spain.

Charles and Camilla were met in the city by the president of the southern Andalucia region, Jose Antonio Grinan Martinez, at the 17th century San Telmo Palace, the regional seat of government.

Charles, wearing a grey double-breasted suit, and Camilla, in a green floral print dress and carrying a white parasol against the hot sun, greeted some of the dozens of people who had gathered to see them.

They travelled by tram to the city hall where they met the mayor of Seville, Alfredo Sanchez Monteseirin, and discussed some of his "initiatives and progress towards making Seville a more sustainable city," the British embassy in Madrid said in a statement.

The heir to the British throne, 62, and his wife, 63, later visited the city's Gothic cathedral and the Alcazar palace, which was originally a Moorish fort.

Camilla also visited Seville's Flamenco Museum, where she joined a 70-strong audience to watch a performance of the typically Spanish high-octane form of song, music and dance.

Seville, in southwestern Spain, is a popular tourist destination in part due to the Moorish and Gothic architecture of its historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Charles and Camilla -- officially the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall -- arrived in Madrid on Wednesday from Portugal as part of a three-nation tour that will also take them to Morocco.

The 10-day trip is focused on promoting commercial ties between Britain and the three countries.

The couple are to spend Friday night at a private estate near the southern city of Granada before travelling to Rabat on Saturday.

© 2011 AFP

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