PRINCE CHARLES held a key face-to-face meeting as he continues to ramp up his duties in the run-up to his succession to the throne.
“Today, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met President Kenyatta of Kenya at Sandringham – as the close friendship between our two countries continues to grow.”
Mr Kenyatta is one of the several other African Heads of Government in the UK to attend the Global Education Summit.
The Kenyan President is the co-host of the event alongside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The High Commission’s tweet also included a picture showing Mr Kenyatta and Prince Charles standing outside Sandringham House.
Traditionally, the Queen meets foreign heads of state during their visits to the UK.
However, when it comes to these key meetings, she has been increasingly helped with her workload by Prince Charles, Prince William and their consorts.
In October last year, the Prince of Wales stepped in for the Queen to welcome to the UK Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein.
The visit was carried out at Clarence House and was celebrated with a few pictures showing a cheerful Prince Charles standing two metres away from his guests.
This was the first royal engagement to be held at the Palace since the beginning of the pandemic.
Prince Charles hasn’t stepped in for the Queen recently – only when it comes to key visits, as he has been carrying out a series of investiture ceremonies in recent weeks.
Prince Charles is the heir to the throne and was officially invested Prince of Wales in 1969.
He has dedicated the past five decades to serving the Crown and supporting the Queen.
But he has also campaigned in favour of causes close to his heart, including the protection of the environment, organic farming and sustainability.
His campaigning has been branded by critics as meddling – forbidden to the monarch, who must remain politically neutral.
However, in a documentary marking his 70th birthday in 2018, the Prince of Wales said he would not be an activist King once his time to succeed on the throne comes.
“But the idea somehow that I’m going to go on in exactly the same way if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense because the two situations are completely different.”
After his meeting with the Kenyan President, Prince Charles officially launched the new UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
During his visit alongside Mr Johnson and the Home Office Secretary Priti Patel, the Prince of Wales unveiled a plaque at the monument and took part in a respectful minute of silence.
Prince Charles with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein
Speaking during the ceremony held outside, the Prince of Wales said: “To those of you with personal experience of the sudden, unexpected and tragic loss of someone in the police service, whether you are here today, viewing from home, or attending one of the many services within your constabularies, I can only offer the assurance of my most heartfelt thoughts and prayers.
“On behalf of the nation, I would particularly like to express my profound gratitude for the valour and sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives to keep us safe, to remember their families who mourn, and to recognise those who continue to serve in order to safeguard our freedoms.
“Whilst our expressions of appreciation will always be hopelessly inadequate and, unfortunately, make the anguish no easier to bear, I do pray that this memorial will not only provide a hallowed place for us all to pay tribute to each of them, but also the reassurance that those who have given their lives so selflessly will leave a lasting legacy and will never be forgotten.”
He later led a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by Mr Johnson and Ms Patel.
The monument, designed by Walter Jack, commemorates the almost 5,000 police officers and staff who have died on duty since half-brothers Henry and John Fielding established the Bow Street Runners in 1749.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK