In November, at the request of the British Government, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall undertook fifty engagements in ten days across Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and India. The Tour showcased the breadth and depth of the U.K’s relationship with key Commonwealth partners in advance of the Commonwealth Summit in London that took place in April. The visit to Malaysia marked sixty years of Malaysian independence and of UK-Malaysia diplomatic ties.
During the Tour, The Prince of Wales held talks with Heads of State and Government including His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei; His Majesty The King of Malaysia; Her Excellency Hamilah Yacob, the President of Singapore; the Hon. Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore; and the Hon. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
The Prince also undertook engagements focussed on education and youth opportunity; and on sustainability and conservation, including visits to the rainforests of Brunei and Peninsular Malaysia to highlight the need to protect the region’s remarkable biodiversity. In Singapore, His Royal Highness met business leaders at an event to showcase the UK-Singapore innovation partnership and its contribution to both our economies. The visit to India marked the climax of the 2017 U.K.-India Year of Culture.
The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as conducting many joint engagements with His Royal Highness, carried out an extensive programme involving women’s empowerment and child literacy groups.