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 and urged Egyptians to take the lead in the fight against Climate Change.
Camilla, 74, wearing an elegant mint green Anna Valentine dress, meanwhile, 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, dressed in all their finery, 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
The Brooke has been running on the same site since British woman Dorothy Brooke founded the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in 1934.
Camilla visited the site in 2006, on one of her first tours as a member of the Royal Family, where she fed a horse a carrot and her husband fondly said: ‘Your first carrot, darling.’
Escorted by Sherif Foda, chairman of Brooke Egypt, the Duchess first cut a ribbon to officially open the refurbished hospital which contained row upon row of stables containing animals being treated by the charity’s vets.
‘I can’t believe how clean they are, so impressive,’ she said. ‘And they really are spotless. ‘
Head of animal welfare Dr Emad Nouam , who has worked there for 32 years, gave the duchess Bardeen, a type of clover, to feed them.
She stroked one and asked what had happened to it and was told that it had been hit by a car. ‘You poor thing, well you are in good hands,’ she said.
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
The Brooke has been running on the same site since British woman Dorothy Brooke founded the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in 1934. Pictured left, Camilla
Camilla (pictured) visited the site in 2006, on one of her first tours as a member of the Royal Family, where she fed a horse a carrot and her husband fondly said: ‘Your first carrot, darling.’
Camilla (pictured left) also visited one of the hospital’s 28 mobile clinics and the ‘outpatients’ area’ where she stroked a small white donkey
Brooke has four other hospitals and 28 mobile veterinary teams across Egypt which treat around 160,000 horses, donkeys and mules every year. Pictured, Camilla at the veterinary hospital
She laughed as one reporter covering the visit found their hair being nibbled by one of the horses and said: ‘You’ve found a friend!’
She also visited one of the hospital’s 28 mobile clinics and the ‘outpatients’ area’ where she stroked a small white donkey.
Brooke has four other hospitals and 28 mobile veterinary teams across Egypt which treat around 160,000 horses, donkeys and mules every year.
In addition, they run education programmes for adults and children to raise awareness of animal welfare, with over 4,000 people trained so far in 2021, as well as a successful programme to empower women in rural communities to spread positive messages around animal welfare.
Later, the Duchess of Cornwall proved a dab hand at fielding questions as she was quizzed by young Egyptian filmmakers on the final day of her tour in the Middle East.
Camilla stepped onto a film set under the eye of teenagers from the Camera Chica, a workshop project with the British Council.
Answering four questions from budding directors, she spoke of her ‘absolutely brilliant’ trip to Egypt and the ‘very special memories’ of one of her first overseas tours since she married into the Royal Family.
The Duchess was visiting the Jesuit Cultural Centre in Alexandria, Egypt, joined at the last minute by the Prince of Wales after his trip to HMS Queen Elizabeth was cancelled.
During the visit, the couple were shown an art exhibition called Faces of Alexandria, showcasing the work of five young artists working with young refugees.
The Duchess was shown a short film from a British Council project, showing how young people are empowered by learning to direct, produce and act.
The Duchess of Cornwall (right) reads to children during a visit to Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt on the last day of her tour of the Middle East with the Prince of Wales
The Duchess of Cornwall arrives for a visit to Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt on the last day of her tour of the Middle East with the Prince of Wales
Duchess of Cornwall arrives to visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Alexandria, Egypt, during her visit to the Middle East, November 19
Duchess of Cornwall arrives to visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Alexandria
After asking them questions about their training and congratulating them on their work so far, she waited patiently as they set up lighting and cameras to turn the tables.
‘Good afternoon Your Royal Highness, it’s a pleasure to meet you,’ they told her. You look very beautiful.’
‘Oh that’s very kind of you,’ the Duchess replied.
Asked whether it was her first time in the country, she said: ‘It was one of the first trips I did after we got married so it was very special.’
On her thoughts about Egypt and Alexandria, she explained: ‘What I have seen of it , it’s lovely. It’s always very exciting for me to see the sea.
‘I love seeing the sea, so I enjoyed driving along the seafront there. Sadly we haven’t got a lot of time to see everything, so next time I’ll have to come back and see some more.’
Asked about her day sightseeing yesterday, the Duchess said: ‘I did see the pyramids! We had a wonderful tour. I got up quite high and I got half way inside and decided to come out again.
‘We got to see the Sphinx which was very very exciting. One of the best memories I think.
‘You’re very lucky to have such wonderful treasures.’
In one off-topic question, the teenage directors politely asked the Duchess for her ‘favourite movie’.
‘It’s one that was made long before any of you were born called Gigi,’ she told them.
‘Probably all the people in it are dead now because I’m so old. It’s a lovely musical.’
As her film crew wrapped up their questions and thanked her, she said: ‘It’s been a pleasure to meet all of you. I have talked so much my voice has gone.’
In the courtyard of the Jesuit Cultural Centre, the Prince and Duchess met small groups of artists, filmmakers and campaigners.
They included Ahmed Yassin, founder of social enterprise Banlastic Egypt which campaigns to ban single-use plastic.
The Duchess spoke to him about the importance of recycling, and admired their reuseable fabric tote bag.
‘How do you start?’ the Duchess asked them.
‘One of the things I do notice here is plastic bottles,’ she said, tapping the paper cup she was drinking from.
The Duchess and Prince were offered small plastic cups of Arabic copy, and larger paper cups with water in.
When Mr Yassin asked about the Egypt trip, the Duchess said: ‘It’s been absolutely brilliant, but it’s been too short, too quick. I would like to see more – you just dip in.
‘We were here 16 years ago. It was the first long-distance trip we did after we were married, so it will always stick with me.
‘It was very exciting. I have a lot of happy memories here.’
Speaking of the 2006 tour, she said: ‘My father was a soldier, stationed at Cairo. His driver was killed by a bullet, and I was able to go to the cemetery and lay flowers at his grave in Alamein.’
Today, the royal couple was greeted in the courtyard by Father Mario, Acting Director of the Jesuit Cultural Centre, and Ruth Cocks, Deputy Director of the British Council in Egypt.
The Jesuit Cultural Centre was set up in the 1950s, shortly after the construction of the church and monastery.
The purpose-built arts centre, set up around the monastery buildings, is notable for inclusive training and for community-based arts. It is now the most active non-governmental cultural space in Alexandria.
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
Appearing at separate engagements, Prince Charles today urged Egyptians to take the lead in the fight against Climate Change.
The Prince, who spoke passionately about saving the planet in front of World Leaders at Glasgow’s COP26, met with Egypt’s Environment Dr Yasmine Fouad, who will host next year’s summit.
Dr Fouad, met the Prince at his visit to the GrEEK Campus, Cairo on the final day of his Middle Eastern tour.
He met Randa Fahmy, Managing Director of the Environment and Development Group, before meeting CEOs of Egyptian businesses for a round-table discussion on the SMI and sustainable business practices.
Charles also attended the StartEgypt Annual Forum and awarded first prize to a competition winner.
The GrEEK Campus is a technology and innovation park in Downtown Cairo offering workspaces for both start-ups and established local companies.
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.’
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.