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Prince Charles And Camilla Begin Africa Tour As They Are Set To Visit Nigeria.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have touched down in The Gambia to begin their nine-day tour of Africa.

Charles and Camilla arrived at Banjul International Airport on Wednesday evening where they were greeted with a ceremonial welcome from dancers in colourful dress and a long line of dignitaries.

The couple were met on the red carpet by President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, and one of his wives; Mr Barrow practices polygamy and has four living children with his two partners.

Camilla, 71, looked smart in a white kaftan embellished with gold embroidery and matching wide-leg trousers, matching her glamorous Gambian counterpart and host Mrs Sarjo Mballow-Barrow.

Mr Barrow’s ‘second wife’, Fatou Bah, is not believed to have been present.

Later, the couple were officially welcomed to the country by the President at a ceremony in McCarthy Square in the Capital City of Banjul, and enjoyed a cultural performance at the Coco Ocean Hotel.

The prince and duchess will tour the Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria on behalf of the British government on their tour, Clarence House announced last month.

The couple will return to London just in time for Prince Charles’ landmark 70th birthday on November 14.

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However the Palace has indicated that the various birthday celebrations for the heir to the throne will take place throughout the year.

They set off for The Gambia on the day the Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled back from their two-week tour of Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand – meaning the two couples will have just missed each other.

Key events in the tour include a visit to the Medical Research Council, which is a faculty of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The centre has undertaken pioneering research into malaria and other diseases which affect millions of people across Africa.

 

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