Prince Charles and Camilla depart Jordan for Egypt

Prince Charles and Camilla depart Jordan for Egypt

Farewell Jordan! Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall jet off to Egypt as the third day of their Middle East tour begins

  • The Prince of Wales, 73, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, have spent the past two days touring Jordan 
  • Prince Charles ended their time in the country by praising UK-Jordan relations in a speech yesterday
  • Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit Egypt as the second leg of their Middle East tour begins 

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have departed Jordan to fly to Egypt, where the second leg of their Middle East tour begins.

Prince Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, have spent the past two days touring Jordan and the prince ended their time in the country by praising UK-Jordan relations in a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the nation.

The prince said Britain’s former protectorate was a voice of ‘moderation, understanding and tolerance’ in the region under the leadership of King Abdullah II. 

It comes after Prince Charles reassured the public over the Queen’s health during his visit to Jordan, saying: ‘She’s all right, thank you very much,’ after he was asked about his mother. 

He replied, making reference to his birthday last Sunday: ‘Once you get to 95, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be. It’s bad enough at 73!’ The Queen was seen yesterday conducting her first in-person engagement following her recent health issues.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at Queen Alia International Airport before departing Jordan to fly to Egypt, on the third day of their tour of the Middle East 


Prince Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, (pictured departing Jordan) have spent the past two days touring Jordan and the prince ended their time in the country by praising UK-Jordan relations in a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the nation

In Egypt, highlights of the two-day visit include a UK-Egypt reception overlooking the pyramids at the Giza Plateau to celebrate the bond between the two countries, and a tour of the ancient city of Alexandria.

Charles and Camilla will also visit Cairo’s Grand Imam of al-Azhar to discuss with the religious leader and a group of young scholars religious tolerance and the role of faith in stewarding the environment.

Chris Fitzgerald, deputy private secretary to the prince, said when the tour was first announced climate change would be one of the main themes of the visit, and other issues would include inter-faith dialogue, female empowerment and efforts to preserve cultural heritage.

Mr Fitzgerald said: ‘Their royal highnesses’ visit to Egypt comes as the UK holds the Cop presidency and Egypt has been nominated to assume the Cop27 presidency in 2022.

‘In this decisive decade for climate action, the next 12 months is therefore expected to see a significant co-operation between the UK and Egypt. Indeed, both visits will have a major focus on addressing the climate crisis.’

The prince (pictured at Queen Alia International Airport) said Britain’s former protectorate was a voice of ‘moderation, understanding and tolerance’ in the region under the leadership of King Abdullah II


In Egypt, highlights of the two-day visit include a UK-Egypt reception overlooking the pyramids at the Giza Plateau to celebrate the bond between the two countries, and a tour of the ancient city of Alexandria. Pictured, Prince Charles (left) and Camilla (seen together, right) leaving Jordan

Charles and Camilla (pictured arriving at the airport) will also visit Cairo’s Grand Imam of al-Azhar to discuss with the religious leader and a group of young scholars religious tolerance and the role of faith in stewarding the environment

Yesterday, Prince Charles reassured the public over the Queen’s health during his visit to Jordan, saying: ‘She’s all right, thank you very much,’ after he was asked about his mother. 

He replied, making reference to his birthday last Sunday: ‘Once you get to 95, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be. It’s bad enough at 73!’

The Queen was seen yesterday conducting her first in-person engagement following her recent health issues – and was almost upstaged by her dog.

She stood up to greet Sir Nick Carter, the outgoing Chief of Defence Staff, at Windsor Castle but was beaten to him by her inquisitive dorgi Candy, who trotted up to the door to say hello first.

‘Hello you!’ a smiling Sir Nick said to the corgi-dachshund cross. The Queen, who stood unaided, had held her previous face-to-face engagement on October 19 – a reception for tech and business leaders – the day before she spent a night in hospital having tests.

She has since been forced to cancel all official public engagements on her doctors’ advice and undertaken only light, desk-based duties. Although she has carried out a handful of audiences, they have been by video link or over the telephone.

Chris Fitzgerald, deputy private secretary to the prince (pictured arriving at the airport with Camilla), said when the tour was first announced climate change would be one of the main themes of the visit, and other issues would include inter-faith dialogue, female empowerment and efforts to preserve cultural heritage

The honour guard wait the arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Queen Alia International Airport before their departure of Jordan to fly to Egypt

Yesterday, Prince Charles reassured the public over the Queen’s health during his visit to Jordan, saying: ‘She’s all right, thank you very much,’ after he was asked about his mother. Pictured, the honour guard wait the arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Queen Alia International Airport

She had hoped to attend the Remembrance Sunday event at the Cenotaph but was forced to pull out at the last minute after spraining her back. Doctors felt it would be too painful for her to be driven from Windsor to London and stand for up to an hour on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office balcony.

In footage of yesterday’s meeting, the Queen appeared slightly frailer than usual, but otherwise in fine spirits. Wearing a floral patterned dress and a pearl necklace, she warmly greeted Sir Nick as he relinquished his position.

‘Good morning,’ she said. ‘Well it’s rather sad…’ Sir Nick explained he had spent eight years as Chief of Defence Staff, the professional head of the armed forces. ‘It’s a long time,’ the Queen said. Sir Nick said: ‘Yes it is a long time. In fact the only person who has done longer, I am told, is Lord Mountbatten.’ 

The Queen replied, in what some see as a metaphor for her own 69 years on the throne: ‘Oh really, oh. I suppose if you get into that job, you know, it’s easier to continue, isn’t it, really?’

Sir Nick said: ‘Yes, that’s right, although I have to say I think the time comes when it’s ready to move on and do other things.’

Charles and Camilla, meanwhile, toured one of Jordan’s most historic archaeological sites, Umm Qais, the site of the ancient city of Gadara. It is said to be where Jesus performed one of his seven miracles – freeing a man ‘possessed by the devil’ by casting his demons into pigs.

The Prince of Wales, 73 and the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, attended a Centenary Celebration of the founding of the Jordanian state at the Jordan Museum in Amman, on the second day of their tour of the Middle East this evening 


The couple, pictured, made a striking pair as they arrived last night. The Duchess of Cornwall accessorised with a gold clutch bag 

The monarch 95 – dressed in a green, orange and white floral dress and wearing a string of pearls – was pictured standing as she greeted to Gen Sir Nick in Windsor’s Oak Room yesterday

From the hilltop 75 miles north of the capital Amman, Charles and Camilla surveyed the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee.

Camilla looked cool in a green floral print Fiona Clare dress, while Charles wore a beige suit and £250 Serengeti sunglasses.

‘It’s very hot,’ the prince said as he clambered up a steep flight of 25 stone steps in a well-preserved amphitheatre. He also stopped to plant an olive tree to celebrate UK-Jordanian friendship.

Camilla later spoke of the importance of ‘reaching out to pull other women up’ as she carried out two solo engagements focusing on empowerment.

Last night the couple ended their second day in Jordan by attending a reception in Amman to mark the centenary of the kingdom, chatting to guests in canopies outside.

Camilla, 74, looked elegant in an Anna Valentine shalwar kameez-style outfit, while Charles tried his hand at Arabic and received a rousing reception for his efforts. 

For the glamourous evening, Prince Charles wore a navy blue suit with a crisp white shirt and a light blue dotted scarf. 

Meanwhile the Duchess of Cornwall looked very stylish in an all-white look consisting of a silk blouse with matching trousers, a matching white scarf and a dazzling gold clutch bag.  

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