SEPANG: Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived yesterday on an official visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom.
The Royal Air Force aircraft carrying the royal couple landed at KLIA at 6.45pm where they were welcomed by Minister-in-Attendance Datuk Seri S K Devamany, who is Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Also present were Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and the British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell.
Charles and Camilla then walked past a static guard-of-honour.
The royal couple are scheduled to visit a number of places in Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Sarawak and Penang, as well as participate in various events from today to Nov 8.
Charles and Camilla are expected to engage with all levels of Malaysians, from royalty to underprivileged children as well as the business community.
The royal couple are expected to have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, at Istana Negara and they are also expected to meet with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
This is the royal couple’s first visit to Malaysia.
Other British royalty who have visited Malaysia included Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, who attended the official opening of the 16th Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, and Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in September 2012.
Relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom encompass a wide range of areas including trade, defence and security, education, digital economy, green technology, renewable energy, culture and tourism.
Malaysia is the United Kingdom’s second largest export market in Asean and the UK is Malaysia’s third largest trading partner in Europe.
There are currently more than 18,000 Malaysians studying in the UK.
The royal visit is part of a tour of Singapore, Malaysia and India from Oct 30 to Nov 9. Charles and Camilla began their tour in Singapore on Oct 30.
After Malaysia, they will be heading to India for an 11-day visit. – Bernama