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29 October 2019
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His Royal Highness Prince of Wales Prince Charles. [Photo: Hugo Burnand - Royal UK]

Prince Charles to visit Solomon Islands next month

SOLOMON Islands will host His Royal Highness Prince of Wales Prince Charles during an official visit to Solomon Islands next month.

A statement from Government Communication Unit yesterday confirmed the two day visit which will take place from Sunday 24th to Monday 25th November 2019.

The visit comes at the invitation of the Solomon Islands Government. 

This will be The Prince of Wales’ first visit to this country, the statement said.

According to the outlined program Prince Charles upon arrival on Sunday afternoon will receive an official welcome ceremony at the Government House and meet with the recently knighted Governor General Sir David Vunagi.

As outlined in the short visit, His Royal Highness will attend a number of public engagements including a reception. 

His Royal Highness’ programme will focus on climate change and ocean governance where he will have the opportunity to launch “Solomon Islands National Ocean Policy” and the “Malaria Elimination Roadmap.”

While in Honiara Prince Charles will visit Parliament where he will make a brief address and meet with the Speaker of Parliament Patteson Oti as well as the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. 

After he will then attend a state luncheon hosted by the Governor General.

His Royal Highness will also attend a brief program to honour the service men and women including Solomon Island Scouts and Coastwatchers who had served during Pacific War campaign (World War II) in Solomon Islands. 

The Prince will also spend time learning about sustainable fisheries management in the Pacific Ocean with a visit to the Forum Fisheries Agency Surveillance Centre.

The visit coincides with the Royal couple Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Pacific tour to New Zealand from 17th – 25th November 2019.  

Camilla will return to the United Kingdom after the New Zealand tour whilst Prince Charles will continue on first to Tuvalu before coming to Solomon Islands to celebrate the Monarchy’s relationship with these Commonwealth Realms.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and is currently heir to the British throne.

Review of the Royal Family visits here saw Queen Elizabeth II herself visited Solomon Islands twice – in 1974 and 1982. And the recent Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and wife Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton in 2012 as part of their Asia tour.

 

 

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