Day one: The Prince and The Duchess visit India
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are making a nine day visit to India before moving on to Sri Lanka where The Prince will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). This is their third official visit to India together.
- Today The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were warmly welcomed back to India in an extraordinary sunset Aarti ceremony by the sacred River Ganges in the holy Hindu city of Rishikesh. This is Their Royal Highnesses' third visit together since their marriage in 2005 and the Royal couple have a huge affection for the country and its people.
- Beginning the tour against the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas, The Prince and Duchess were warmly welcomed as they made their journey from the airport at Uttarakhand to Rishikesh, where hundreds of people had lined the streets to see them.
- As a leading exponent of inter-faith dialogue and religious understanding, The Prince of Wales makes regular visits to major faith communities both in the UK and overseas. During his current tour of India and Sri Lanka The Prince will meet representatives from Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities.
- Their Royal Highnesses crossed the River Ganges by boat, arriving at the Gita Bhavan landing stage near the Parmarth Ganga Ghat where the ceremony took place.
- On arrival, The Prince and The Duchess were greeted by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (known as “Swamiji”), President and Spiritual Head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, and Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswatiji, President of the Divine Shakti Foundation.
- After taking part in the ceremony, which involved religious songs and a lively display of traditional lamps, The Prince spoke warmly about how much it meant to both himself and The Duchess to be visiting the Ganges.
- Tomorrow, Their Royal Highnesses' tour of India continues. You can find out more about the itinerary by visiting the website below: