Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited the United States of America this past week, from March 17-March 20. They first stopped in Washington, D.C. for three days before moving on to Lexington, Kentucky. The two of them visited memorials and former President’s homes, and met with current President Barrack Obama; Charles gave three speeches, and Camilla continued her support of women, literacy, and animals. This post will sort of work how Prince William’s Japan/China tour post worked, in that there are lots of photos from the various events, though I will add more comments about Charles and Camilla’s goings-on (it’s a long post, but that’s due to the number of pictures).
PS. Part 2 of the March Royal Tours coverage focuses on the Dutch visit to Denmark. That post will happen later in the day. Then there will be the weekly Round Up post on Sunday covering some of the other royal ladies who were out and about this week.
To start things off, Charles and Camilla arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. on March 17, before heading to the British Embassy for a reception.
The next day, March 18, Charles and Camilla visited the Martin Luther King Memorial. They were joined by (L-R) Harry Johnson (President and CEO of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.), Guy Vickers (President of the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation), Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Ed Jackson, Jr. (Executive Architect at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial).
Charles and Camilla then visited the Lincoln Memorial.
Charles and Camilla then visited Mount Vernon, President George Washington‘s former home. They were shown around by (L-R) Curt Viebranz (President of Mt. Vernon), Barbara Lucas (Regent, Mt. Vernon Ladie’s Association), Carol Cadou (Senior Vice President for Historic Preservation and Collection), and Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA).
While at Mount Vernon, Charles and Camilla laid a wreath on George Washington’s tomb.
After Mount Vernon, Charles and Camilla split up. Charles attended an event about reduction of plastic waste in the marine environment titled, “Plastic in the marine environment: scaling up efforts to minimise waste”, hosted by the Global Ocean Commission and the International Sustainability Unit, where he gave a speech.
Charles talked about the levels of plastic in the oceans, saying in part (full transcript here): “Having taken a keen interest in the state of the world’s natural environment for longer than I care to remember, one thing that has always struck me as being very odd has been the comparatively low level of attention that has been devoted to the condition of the oceans… As all of you will know far better than me, the world’s oceans face many threats, including overfishing, species extinction, habitat destruction and the impacts of climate change through warming and acidification… One issue that we absolutely cannot ignore is that of the increasing quantity of plastic waste in the marine environment… Faced with such a damaging and accumulating side-effect from the throw-away society, it is, I believe, utterly crucial that we do much more to speed up the transition to a more ‘circular’ economy – that is to say, one in which materials are recovered, recycled and reused instead of created, used and then thrown away.”
Charles visited the National Archives to view the 1297 Magna Carta and Charters of Freedom to mark the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and its impact on the development of the United States Constitution. He also viewed the Declaration of Independence. During his trip to the Archives, Charles learned that Lord Louis Mountbatten had submitted a patent application in 1931 for a new kind of polo stick, and saw a telegram from 1957 with instructions for a toy car that had been given to an 8-year-old Charles.
Meanwhile, Camilla visited the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
That evening, Charles and Camilla attended a private reception hosted by Barby Albritton (pink dress), Robert Albritton, and Dr Elena Albritton (gold dress). My god, doesn’t Camilla look amazing? I love the dress, and the cape! This is the best she’s ever looked, in my opinion. She looks absolutely flawless. And not to leave him out, Charles looks very dapper in his tuxedo.
Barby Albritton is the the head of the prince’s charity in the U.S., Robert Albritton (Barby’s son) is the head of Allbritton Communications and launched the newspaper and website Politico, and Elena Albritton is a dermatologist in D.C. Barby and her late husband, Joe, attended William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.
The next day, Charles and Camilla had met President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office at the White House. Obama told Charles: “I think it’s fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the Royal Family… They like them much better than they like their own politicians.” Charles then started talking about his trip to Mount Vernon. These meetings must be so awkward with all the reporters and boom mics in their faces. Speaking of boom mics… poor Joe Biden.
Charles and Camilla toured President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers Home.
The royal couple then visited the Armed Forces Retirement home where they met retired service men and women, and Charles tried his hand at bowling. He declined to change into bowling shoes, and got three pins.
Camilla attended a reception filled with well known women leaders from around the USA at the National Museum of Women in the Arts for the US launch of WOW – Women of the World Festival – a global festival founded by London’s Southbank Centre celebrating women and girls. Sadly, Camilla did not give a speech of her own, rahter listening to a speech given by Jude Kelly (Artistic Director of London’s Southbank Centre). Camilla attended a reception for WOW back on February 16, where she did give a speech.
Charles was at an Exceptional Leadership in Conservation Reception hosted by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) at Andrew Mellon Hall where he gave a speech.
Charles praised the conservation work of President Teddy Roosevelt and the National Park system, then saying in part (Full transcript here). “In today’s testing times I believe we need a renewal of the kind of far-sighted leadership demonstrated by President Roosevelt. We need to move beyond creating reserves set aside for Nature to a new approach that places our relationship with the natural world much closer to the day to day concerns of humanity. The health of Nature and the security of humankind are more inextricably linked than we sometimes realize, so it is essential to our wellbeing, and ultimately to our survival, that we address them together.”
Charles then received the Teddy Roosevelt International Conservation Award for his extraordinary conservation leadership.
The next day, the royal couple moved on to Louisville, KY where Camilla visited a community project called ‘Neighbourhood House’ where she got to play with kids, and read them a story.
Camilla then visited the Churchill Downs racetrack (home of the Kentucky Derby) where she got to meet horses and mini donkeys, and launched the US fundraising branch of The Brooke – an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules. Camilla has been president of Brooke since 2006.
Charles visited the Cathedral of the Assumption and delivered a speech on health and the environment.
Charles talked about what sparked his interest in environmentalism and other interests of his, then saying in part (full transcript here): “In the thirty years or so that I have been attempting to understand and address the many related problems, I have tried to ask myself what it is in our general attitude to the world that is ultimately at fault? In doing so, of course, it must have appeared as though I was just flitting from one subject to another – from agriculture to architecture, from education to healthcare – but I was merely trying to point out where the imbalance was most acute; where the essential unity of things, as reflected in Nature, was being dangerously fragmented and deconstructed. The question that should surely keep us all awake at nights is what happens if you go on deconstructing? I fear the answer is all too plain. We summon up more and more chaos.”
Here are videos from their tour:
Links: Daily Mail. Daily Mail. Daily Mail. Daily Mail.