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#RoyalVisitColombia - our rolling blog

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Colombia and Mexico from 28th October - 5th November. Their Royal Highnesses' visit to both countries is at the request of the British Government, following invitations from President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico.


  2. There was a lively welcome outside the Gold Museum in Cartagena for Their Royal Highnesses this morning!
  3. Dancers from La Boquilla neighbourhood in Cartagena rehearse outside the Gold Museum in Cartagena. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are due to arrive shortly. #RoyalVisitColombia
  4. The Gold Museum is housed in a charming colonial house on the Plaza Bolivar in Cartagena and boasts a priceless insight into the pre-Colombian culture of the Caribbean. Their Royal Highnesses saw some of the best examples of intricate gold-work in the museum and met staff.
  5. It's a hot and humid day in Cartagena and the British press photographers took the opportunity to get out of the sun before Their Royal Highnesses arrived.
  6. Their Royal Highnesses then headed to a briefing on anti-drug initiatives. The Prince and The Duchess travelled by boat to view a display of semi-submersibles captured from drug smugglers.
  7. At San Felipe Fort, Their Royal Highnesses were met by the Mayor of Cartagena and the Minister of Culture before attending a short ceremony to commemorate the Battle for Cartagena de Indias and unveiling a plaque.
  8. The Prince of Wales is well-known for his views on the environment and sustainability. Today he gave a speech about the health of our oceans, a subject that His Royal Highness has spoken about many times before. Find out more about The Prince's work on sustainability.
  9. Read more about The Prince's International Sustainability Unit (ISU) which carries out much of The Prince's environmental work...
  10. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall got the chance to return the favour and host President Santos and the First Lady on HMS Argyll. The Type 23 Frigate is the longest-serving Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy. Built in the late 1980s at the Yarrow Yard in Scotstoun on the Clyde (now BAE Systems), she was commissioned in 1991. Only a few days ago HMS Argyll and crew seized cocaine from Atlantic drug smugglers.
  11. After the rather sunset ceremony, which took place amid a thunderstorm after the day's high temperatures, the White Ensign was lowered. The Prince and The Duchess joined The President and The First Lady for a private dinner.
  12. The Prince and The Duchess will travel to Mexico tomorrow and on Sunday will experience for the first time the famous Day of the Dead celebrations, known as Día de Muertos.