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The Final Day of the Autumn Tour: India

9th November 2017

The Prince of Wales delivering a speech during a reception at the High Commissioner's Residence

The Prince of Wales delivering a speech during a reception at the High Commissioner's Residence

On the final day of Their Royal Highnesses's Autumn Tour, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began the morning by visiting India Gate to lay a wreath, and view inscriptions on the wall of the plinth. Their Royal Highnesses also observed a two minute silence whilst they were there.

India Gate is situated at the heart of New Delhi and is India's national war memorial for soldiers.

Later that morning, The Duchess of Cornwall met taxi drivers from Women on Wheels. 

The Duchess was introduced to three of the organisation's 500 or so female employees, including Khushi, 26, who told Her Royal Highness: "This is a different kind of job for women. I was doing various jobs, domestic service, working as a beautician, when I heard about this from a neighbour in south Delhi.

"I have been working as a taxi driver and now I am a trainer and I am so very proud of my job. My father was not sure at first and a little scared for me, but my mother was always very proud.

"It's very unusual to see a women taxi driver, still. When I stop at the traffic lights I can see people turning round to look in at me.

"We only take women and families, or men when they are with a lady.

Meanwhile, The Prince of Wales visited Lajpat Nagar-III School to meet with the British Asian Trust.

The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by The Prince and a group of visionary British Asian business leaders. It backs sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty and injustice and enables people to unlock their potential.

In the afternoon, The Prince of Wales invested Captain William Martin Howard as a Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E). Martin Howard has worked in India since the late 1980s. Realising the lack of education options for the local children in his village, he established a school in 2000.

The Prince of Wales meeting Shilpa Shetty during a reception at the High Commissioner's Residence

The Prince of Wales meeting Shilpa Shetty during a reception at the High Commissioner's Residence

As a final engagement on the Autumn Tour, The Prince of Wales gave a speech at a reception at the High Commissioner's Residence. 150 guests in the garden of the High Comissioner's Residence celebrated the relationship between India and the UK.

HRH The Prince of Wales gives a speech at the High Commissioner’s Reception, New Delhi

Published on 9th November 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I cannot tell you how delighted my mehaboobaa and I are to be back in India again, a country that is so very special to us both.  I think it is forty-three years ago that I first came to India, so this is my ninth visit and the fourth that we have made together. The last time we were here, four years ago, we were lucky enough to spend nine fascinating days in Delhi and Dehradun; Mumbai , Pune and Kochi. On this occasion our time here, very sadly, is rather more brief, but it was nevertheless tremendously important to us both that, as we look forward to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April, we should conclude this Commonwealth Tour in India, home as you are to sixty per cent of the Commonwealth’s population.

Over these past ten days, as we have travelled through Singapore – which of course hosted the first ever Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting back in 1971-  and Brunei, Malaysia and now India, I have been reminded, once again, of the extraordinary cultural, religious and geographic diversity that enriches the Commonwealth.  Encompassing, as it does, one third of the world’s population and twenty-one per cent of its landmass, it has always seemed to me that the sheer diversity which exists across and within the fifty-two member countries is one of the Commonwealth’s greatest strengths.

This diversity is to be celebrated and cherished not only because it is so central to our identities and our sense of belonging, but also, if I may say so, because it offers us the best hope of ...

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