The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Arrive in Jordan

0
145
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Great Sphinx of Giza, on the third day of their tour of the Middle East. November, 2021.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Great Sphinx of Giza, on the third day of their tour of the Middle East. November, 2021.

THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL VISIT THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN AND THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

Tuesday 16th November

Engagement 1

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will arrive at Queen Alia International Airport Amman, Jordan.

Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Bridget Brind; FCDO Director MENAD, Stephanie Al-Qaq; the Defence Senior Advisor to the Middle East, Air Marshal Sammy Sampson; the Amman Deputy Head of Mission, Richard Moon; and the Defence Attaché, Brigadier Jamie Piggott.

Engagement 2

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will arrive at Al Husseiniya Palace for a formal welcome with His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania.

On arrival at Al-Husseiniya Palace, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be greeted by an honour guard of Jordanian troops. Their Royal Highnesses will then be welcomed by His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania.The King and Queen will escort the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall inside the palace, through an inner courtyard where there will be an honour guard of the historic Circassian Royal Guard.

Their Royal Highnesses will enter a private diwan within the palace where photographs will be taken, before His Royal Highness undertakes a private bilateral meeting with His Majesty.

Al-Husseinya Palace, on the western edge of Amman, was built in 2006. The palace includes the offices of His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein, the office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, and the office of His Highness Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II, Crown Prince.

Engagement 3

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Queen Rania Family and Children Centre (QRFCC) with Her Majesty Queen Rania.FormatHer Royal Highness and Her Majesty Queen Rania will be greeted at the main entrance by Ms Enaam Basrrishi, Director General of the Jordan River Foundation (JRF), Angela Spilsbury, Development Director, British Embassy Amman and other dignitaries.

Her Royal Highness and Her Majesty will be escorted into the Little Home area (“Beit Zgheer” in Arabic) which aims to increase knowledge and awareness of key concepts to help protect children from abuse. Her Royal Highness will meet local children (aged 7-9) and see the activities taking place in the six different zones including the kitchen zone.

They will then see the Youth Space where they will meet adolescent girls (aged 12-14) receiving a ‘life skills’ lesson on building self-esteem and assertiveness.

In the main courtyard, they will view a range of handmade items celebrating the traditional and contemporary arts of rural and nomadic Jordan, created by female artisans from local communities for the Jordan River Foundation showroom. Including a collaboration between JRF and Ikea. This is part of a long-term partnership to create jobs and increase economic inclusion for Jordanian and Syrian women. The products are sold by Ikea worldwide generating sustained employment and prosperity.

Her Royal Highness will also meet local women employed by JRF and see a loom demonstration before visiting the Art Room where an art therapy session for women will be taking place. Some of the women are survivors of Gender Based Violence. Her Royal Highness will also make a hand out of clay which will be gifted to the QRFCC.

Engagement 4

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Elijah’s Hill and the baptismal site of Jesus Christ, Juwafat al-Kafrayn, before joining an interfaith discussion.

Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted at Elijah’s Hill by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and the King’s Senior Adviser for Religious and Cultural Affairs and The Director General of the Baptism Site, Rustom Mkhjian.

Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by Prince Ghazi, will walk around the base of Elijah’s Hill, where it is believed that Elijah ascended to heaven in the 9th century BC, and see the excavations around the cave where John the Baptist lived, taking in the wilderness across to the River Jordan. Their Royal Highnesses will also see the remains of a 5th-century church, next to the cave, the first monastery east of the Jordan River on the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem and Bethlehem to the west and Mount Nebo to the east.

Their Royal Highnesses will then travel across to the baptism site where they will walk down the steps to the riverbed where Christ was baptised. Their Royal Highnesses will have an opportunity to touch the water. The Prince of Wales, with Prince Ghazi, will proceed on foot to a tented area where His Royal Highness will be introduced to a group of interfaith leaders. The discussion will be around ‘environment and interfaith’.

Engagement 5

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend an official dinner with His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania at Al Husseiniya Palace.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Arrive in Jordan – Day 1
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Explore Umm Qais, Jordan – Day 2
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Arrive in Egypt – Day 3
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Visit Cairo – Day 4