GEORGE TOWN: The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived here last night as part of a day-long official visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom (UK).
The Royal Air Force aircraft carrying the heir to the British throne and his spouse landed at the Penang International Airport at 8.10pm.
The royal couple was accompanied by Minister-in-Attendance Datuk Seri SK Devamany, who is also deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Upon arrival, the royal entourage was greeted by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and the full line-up of state executive councillors.
The royal couple are scheduled to visit a number of places of worship in the heritage enclave here today, including the St George Church, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Han Jiang Ancestral Temple and the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
They are also expected to stroll around the heritage areas at noon before Charles visits the Sun-Yat Sen Museum on Armenian Street while Camilla heads to the Teochew Puppet and Opera House on the same street to enjoy a cultural show.
While the Duchess takes a rest in the afternoon, the Prince of Wales will visit the World Fish Centre, an international research organisation that harnesses fisheries and aquaculture to reduce hunger and poverty.
The centre is based in Batu Maung, in the southern part of Penang Island.
Following the visit to the fish centre, Charles will proceed to the Royal Malaysian Air Force in Butterworth, Seberang Perai, which was previously known as Province Wellesley, for a Five Power Defence Arrangements function.
At night, the British royals will attend the Sandhurst Alumni Reception at Eastern and Oriental Hotel before they conclude their visit in Penang, by attending the Penang Peranakan Museum Reception on Church Street.
This is the royal couple’s maiden visit to Malaysia.
Prior to their visit to Penang, the royal couple had visited Kuching where they were presented with colourful Sarawak cultural performances. – Bernama