Prince Charles, Camilla Arrive Tomorrow For Week-Long, Malaysia-Wide Official Visit

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Pic: NSTPic: NSTKUALA LUMPUR: The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will arrive here tomorrow for their official visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

During the trip, which will end on Nov 8, Prince Charles and Camilla are expected to engage with Malaysians from all strata of society – from members of royalty to students, underprivileged children to youth groups, civil society organisations to representatives of the business community.

The historic visit is expected to contribute much towards the enhancement of already-close relations between the two countries.

In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the UK is Malaysia’s third largest trading partner in Europe.

“Bilateral relations between both countries are broad-based and substantive, encompassing a wide range of areas including trade, investment, defence and security, education, the digital economy, green technology, renewable energy, culture and tourism.

“For Malaysia, the UK is an important business partner. Malaysia is the UK’s second-largest export market in Asean, and the UK is Malaysia’s third-largest trading partner in Europe. In the field of education, there are currently more than 18,000 Malaysians studying in the UK,” it said.

The royal pair will be visiting a number of locations and participating in various significant events in Malaysia, accompanied by an official delegation from the Clarence House as well as officials from the British High Commission.

This will be Prince Charles and Camilla’s first visit to Malaysia.

The last two visits by British royalty here was by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, who attended the official opening of the 16th Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur from Sept 20 to 23, 1998; as well as a visit by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Sept 2012.

Prince Charles and Camilla are also expected to have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara; and a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

In conjunction with the landmark visit, Pos Malaysia Berhad has begun issuing commemorative stamps.