Prince Charles and Camilla Are on Their First Royal Tour Since the Pandemic

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Photo credit: Joe Giddens - PA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Joe Giddens - PA Images - Getty Images

Back in the days before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, royal tours were something of a regular occurrence for the British royal family. All of those official visits abroad were, of course, swiftly halted when many countries began to go into lockdown in early 2020, but now, as vaccination rates have gone up and the world has begun to resume some of its previous activities, so too have the royals. This week, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are out on their first overseas trip since the start of the pandemic.

The couple are traveling through Jordan and Egypt for a trip that was originally scheduled for March 2020, prompting Charles to say, "It is always very special indeed to come back to Jordan–I'm sorry this time it is 19 months late," after the couple's arrival in the country on Tuesday. He added, "The fact that we can come back is hugely encouraging."

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During their first day, Camilla got some very royal chauffeur treatment, as Jordan's Queen Rania herself took to the drivers seat to carry her to The Queen Rania Family and Child Centre in Amman (followed by security cars, naturally). There, the two women met with children who use the program's services, which aim to combat child abuse and strengthen families.

Charles and Camilla are scheduled to spend four days in Jordan and Egypt, visiting cultural sites, exploring programs like Rania's, and discussing important issues of the day. According to People, Prince Charles's private secretary confirmed that climate change would be a significant talking point, along with inter-faith issues, women's empowerment, and the preservation of cultural heritage.

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