Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles during the last day of Egypt tour
The Prince of Wales has attended a Sustainable Markets Initiative event, while the Duchess of Cornwall visited a veterinary hospital in Cairo on the last day of their tour of the Middle East.
Prince Charles, 73, looked sharp in a grey suit with a blue striped tie and purple shirt as he arrived at the GrEEK Campus workspace for his Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI), which aims to help financial markets become more sustainable.
Camilla, 74, wearing an elegant mint green Anna Valentine dress, toured The Brooke Veterinary Hospital in Cairo to see their newly refurbished facility and stroked the noses of scores of horses and donkeys being restored to health by the charity.
Yesterday the royal couple finished their first day in Egypt with a dazzling reception overlooking the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo.
The Prince of Wales walks with Chairman of The GrEEK Campus Ahmed El Alfi, as he arrives for a Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) event at GrEEK Campus in Cairo
Camilla (pictured), 74, wearing an elegant mint green Anna Valentine dress, toured The Brooke Veterinary Hospital in Cairo to see their newly refurbished facility and stroked the noses of scores of horses and donkeys being restored to health by the charity
The Prince of Wales (pictured top right) attends a round table meeting as he visits GrEEK Campus workspace in Cairo
Looking equally smart, Camilla, 74, donned a light green dress and tan heeled shoes when visiting the Brooke Veterinary Hospital in the capital
Ahmed El-Alfi founder of the GrEEK Campus looks on as Prince Charles shakes hands with attendees during his visit to GrEEK Campus workspace
Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales’ visit to a UK aircraft carrier has been cancelled just a few days after a jet from the warship crashed in the Mediterranean.
Charles was due to tour HMS Queen Elizabeth during the final day of his tour of Egypt, but a few hours before the event his office Clarence House announced the visit would not take place.
The pilot flying an F35, estimated to be worth around £100million, ejected from the aircraft before it crashed into the ocean on Wednesday and was later rescued. Former soldier Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the Commons Defence Select Committee, said he had ‘many questions’ about the crash.
A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘For operational reasons, the visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth has been cancelled.’
The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured right) meets the animals during a visit to Brooke Veterinary Hospital in Cairo (pictured left)
Yesterday the royal couple finished their first day in Egypt with a dazzling reception overlooking the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. Pictured, Camilla during a visit to Brooke Veterinary Hospital
The Duchess of Cornwall was all smiles as she met the animals being looked after at the Brooke Veterinary Hospital in Cairo
During the visit, Charles was due to meet Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander of the Carrier Strike Group, and Captain Ian Feasey, Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
He was also scheduled to watch the launch of a F35 jet from the flight deck before meeting some of the ship’s company including US Navy and Marines. Jets from the vessel previously participated in strikes against the remnants of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The 65,000-tonne Royal Navy flagship is returning to the UK from its maiden mission, which included exercises with the Indian military. It was part of the carrier strike group’s deployment to the Indo-Pacific amid heightened tensions with China in the region.
The jets are operated by the renowned 617 Squadron, also known as the ‘Dambusters’ squadron.
Prince Charles (pictured), 73, looked sharp in a grey suit with a blue striped tie and purple shirt as he arrived at the GrEEK Campus workspace for his Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI), which aims to help financial markets become more sustainable
Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales’ (pictured) visit to a UK aircraft carrier has been cancelled just a few days after a jet from the warship crashed in the Mediterranean
Charles (pictured) was due to tour HMS Queen Elizabeth during the final day of his tour of Egypt, but a few hours before the event his office Clarence House announced the visit would not take place
The pilot flying an F35, estimated to be worth around £100million, ejected from the aircraft before it crashed into the ocean on Wednesday and was later rescued. Pictured, Charles attends a round table meeting as he visits GrEEK Campus workspace
Former soldier Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the Commons Defence Select Committee, said he had ‘many questions’ about the crash. A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘For operational reasons, the visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth has been cancelled.’ Pictured, Charles today in Egypt
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall cut a chic figure in an elegant frilly suit as she attended a reception overlooking the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo on Thursday evening.
Camilla, 74, changed into the Anna Valentine ensemble for a reception at the 9 Pyramid Lounge after a busy day of engagements in Cairo following her and Prince Charles‘ arrival in Egypt.
The royal couple walked arm in arm as they were given a personal tour around one of the seven wonders of the ancient world while the sun slowly set behind them over the desert.
The royal couple arrived in Egypt yesterday for the next leg of their four-day tour of the Middle East after departing from Jordan, where they had spent the last two days.
They started their day by meeting the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and the First Lady, Entissar Amer, at Al-Ittahadiya Palace in Cairo.
The Prince of Wales, 73 and the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, attended a reception at 9 Pyramid Lounge in Cairo after arriving in Egypt. Prince Charles wore a blue pin-striped suit with a white shirt for the reception, while Camilla opted for a flowy blue ensemble
In the evening, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception at 9 Pyramid Lounge. Pictured: Charles with Dr Khaled Al Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, right
Looking elegant in a cool Anna Valentine tunic, trousers and flowing white headscarf, Camilla who went barefoot, then arrived at Al Azhar Mosque with her equally sophisticated husband, Charles, 73.
Tonight the Duchess of Cornwall, who wore her white-blonde hair perfectly coiffured, looked a vision in blue in the flowy blouse which featured frilly sleeve detail.
She accessorised with a metallic golden clutch bag and matching heels and sported just a few delicate pieces of jewellery – including a beautiful pair of diamond earrings and two gold pendant necklaces.
Camilla kept her makeup natural, opting for a thin layering of foundation to complete her health glow, a dash of mascara and a tasteful pink lipstick.
The Prince of Wales looked dashing in a pin-striped blue suit, which he paired with a smart white shirt, light blue tie and matching pocket square.
Charles has visited the Cairo tourist destination before privately, but Camilla has never been to the site before – with both the royals appearing awe-struck as their guide talked them through 4,500 years of history.
They walked carefully up several steps up the side of the 454ft (138.5m) high pyramid called Khufu – or Pyramid of Cheops – and briefly stepped into the tunnel entrance out of view.
Ashraf Mohi, director of the Pyramid Complex, walked the couple around the three pyramids and to the Great Sphinx. He told them: ‘You are stepping on rocks that go back centuries and centuries. This is an adventure.’
Seeing the sights! The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Great Sphinx of Giza, on the third day of their tour of the Middle East
A royal wonder of the world! Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured) were all smiles as they arrived at the Great Pyramid of Giza in Cairo on the first day of their Egypt tour
He pointed at the pyramid explaining it was once covered in flat limestone. He said: ‘If you imagine in another time, it looked so shiny.’
They also stood in front of the impassive Great Sphinx for a spectacular photo call. The prince had been very keen to show his wife around the site while on their four-day tour to the Middle East.
It was the first time Prince Charles has been in Cairo for 15 years. Princess Diana posed for photos at the site in 1992.
The Great Pyramids of Giza were built 4,500 years ago and are among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The towering 146 metre (481ft) high Great Pyramid of Giza, also called Khufu, remained the tallest building in the world for 4,000 years. It is made of two million bricks each weighing 50 tonnes.
The 73 metre long Sphinx inspires millions of tourists every year. In pre-Covid times around 4,000 British tourists visited Egypt’s tourist destinations weekly.
As they stepped off their official government plane in the capital yesterday, the Prince and the Duchess were greeted by Gareth Bayley OBE, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Egypt, and his wife, Sara Fawcett.
Then the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and the First Lady, Entissar Amer, greeted their royal guests at the palace’s entrance and the foursome posed for pictures before they split, with the two women heading to a room for talks, while the prince and his host held their meeting, which lasted about 40 minutes, separately.
With Egypt due to take over the presidency of the next UN climate change conference – Cop27 – it is likely environmental issues were part of the discussions.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall walk across the courtyard of the Al Azhar Mosque, pictured left. Camilla donned a white headscarf during the visit, pictured right
Egyptian Islamic scholar and the current Grand Imam of al-Azhar mosque, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb (left), receives Prince Charles (right) and Camilla (centre) upon their arrival at the mosque in Cairo
The Egyptian leader is a retired field marshal who led the military’s overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected head of state, Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, in 2013, following mass protests against his rule.
In a televised announcement the president, then an army general, told the nation Mr Morsi had been removed from office and had failed to fulfil ‘the hope for a national consensus’.
The move was followed by a crackdown on those who opposed the ousting of Mr Morsi, which human rights organisations said resulted in the deaths of hundreds during one day of protests.
The Egyptian leader – who former US president Donald Trump once reportedly called ‘my favourite dictator’ – has made maintaining stability and order in Egypt a priority.
Later, the Duchess of Cornwall went barefoot as she and the Prince of Wales visited the Al Alzar mosque in Cairo.
Prince Charles also urged young people studying in an Egyptian mosque to remember ‘all we have in common, not what divides us’. The Prince, visiting the Al Alzar mosque in Cairo, told students the ‘most important thing’ is to focus on the shared beliefs across faiths. ‘We share so much,’ he said.
The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall visited the Al Azhar Mosque shortly after landing in Cairo, viewing the spectacular architecture and posing for a photograph in the central courtyard.
They met the Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, accompanied by the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Alexandria, Dr Samy Fawzy.
After the Duchess departed to begin her own programme in Cairo, the Prince attended an interfaith reception in closed Abassa room of the mosque. There, he was said to be in ‘deep conversation’ with the Grand Imam, surrounded by their entourages.