Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Royal couple end tour in the rain

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall ended their four-day tour of Colombia on a wet and windy note - sheltering under umbrellas.

During the royal couple's final day in the coastal town of Cartagena, sweltering temperatures gave wave to a rumbling thunderstorm that washed out a poignant sunset ceremony on a British warship stationed in the region.

Last night the Duchess had to drape a raincoat over her shoulders and carry a see-through umbrella as she walked up a steep gang plank to board the Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll docked in Cartagena.

The heir to the throne helped his wife onboard the Type 23 frigate where guests were covered by a marquee from the heavy downpour that came with the odd rumble of thunder.

The royal couple mingled with guests who included Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the warship's officers and senior figures from the Latin American country.

After the royal couple chatted to those invited the evening concluded with the sunset ceremony where the Royal Navy Ensign was lowered.

The event brought to a close the royal couple's four-day visit to the Latin American country which is emerging from five decades of civil violence.

The trip highlighted some of the issues Colombia is working to address from protecting its unique environment, to healing divisions caused by the internal war involving guerrilla forces.

Charles and Camilla will spend today privately in Cartagena, a city which has a strong Caribbean heritage and whose old town is a Unesco world heritage site.

The royal couple will arrive in Mexico tomorrow, which is the Day of the Dead, a Mexican public holiday when people gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and visit their graves.

The royal couple will mark the day by visiting the Cornish cemetery in Real del Monte, which contains the only known British First World War memorial in Mexico, to a Cornish immigrant who died at the Battle of the Somme.

Charles, who is also the Duke of Cornwall, and Camilla will lay a wreath at the memorial.


From Belfast Telegraph