The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Jordan and Egypt this week, becoming the first members of the Royal Family to carry out a major overseas tour since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
They will begin the four-day visit later today when they arrive in Jordan.
As with all royal tours, they’ve been asked to visit both countries by the government and will use the trip to highlight the important bonds between the UK and both Jordan and Egypt.
We’re told there will also be a strong focus on addressing the climate crisis just days after the conclusion of the COP26 conference in Glasgow.
In Jordan, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will mark the country’s centenary and 100 years of the UK-Jordan bilateral relationship.
The couple have visited before and this latest trip emphasises how important the links between the UK and Jordan are for the British government, particularly for security cooperation.
Their Royal Highnesses will be formally welcomed by King Abdullah II and Queen Rania at Al Husseiniya Palace.
They’ll also carry out visits in Jordan that tie in with their own working interests, with the prince focusing on the environment and interfaith dialogue, and Camilla continuing to show her commitment to charities championing women and supporting children.
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The Prince of Wales spoke to the Queen ahead of the trip to get her blessing to go.
Charles is understood to have discussed the visit with his mother following her recent ill-health and spraining her back which meant she was unable to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph on Sunday.
“The conversation is understood to have taken place over the weekend by telephone,” a source said.
The Prince of Wales is now the most senior member of the Royal Family to travel overseas – and with the Queen recently being unwell, it has increased the focus on the necessity for her son and other members of the family to increasingly step up and support the 95-year-old monarch.