Friday, 7 November 2014

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Visit Monterrey as Tour Draws to a Close

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited the city of Monterrey in the north-eastern state of Nuevo León on Wednesday, where they were greeted by a large crowd of well-wishers and met with Governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz and his wife Gretta Salinas de Medina for a reception at Fundidora Park, which holds a museum dedicated to the region's industrial history.

Prince Charles responded in Spanish to Mr. Medina's welcoming message, saying, "Thank you for your kind welcome, Governor. My wife and I are delighted to be here in Nuevo León for the first time, on the final day of our visit to Mexico."

After the greeting they gathered in the park to view a performance by Ballet Folklórico Monterrey.

Ballet Folklórico Monterrey formed in 1986 with the goal of promoting Mexican folklore through music and dance and has toured internationally representing Mexico at a number of festivals.

The royal couple then proceeded into the museum - a former steel foundry - where they sampled traditional Mexican foods, such as machaca de res, arrachera, cabrito and various chili recipes, and also viewed a showcase by local artisans.

The prince and duchess also shook hands and spoke with performers, many dressed in beautiful traditional costumes.

Mr. Medina spoke with the prince of the relationship between Britain and Mexico and of how trade and social development was being powered by cooperation between the countries, saying, "In Nuevo Leon we want to go beyond, we want to establish more dynamic ties of cooperation in our society."

While the Prince of Wales held discussions with Mr. Medina and business leaders, the Duchess of Cornwall and Mrs. Salinas de Medina boarded a restored 1948 London Routemaster bus designated the route '7 - London to Monterrey' which took them for a short spin across the park. The bus was restored by plastic surgeon Angel Tobar who acquired it for his artist wife Marissa to use as travelling gallery.

The bus dropped them off at the park's canal dock where they boarded a pleasure cruiser and travelled along the waterway.

Prince Charles's meeting took place at the Alfa Planetarium, a national centre for science and technology in Monterrey. During the proceedings, the prince signed a memorandum on future cooperation between Mexico and the UK with emphasis on economic development. He also viewed a presentation on the investment opportunities for Mexican business in the UK.

With the tour at an end Britain's ambassador in Mexico, Duncan Taylor, CBE, spoke of the positive nature of the visit, saying, "I am confident that this royal visit will give a significant boost to the relationship between our countries. A historical relationship that has been characterised by mutual respect, co-operation and friendship."

1 comment:

  1. This tour of South America was certainly a success for the royal couple. Columbia and Mexico have both had a rough time in recent years, but this tour highlighted the natural beauty of these countries and the warmth and beauty of it's peoples. I hope this tour will help convince tourists that these countries are worthy of their much needed patronage.

    On the fashion front, I think both Charles and Camilla really shined. Charles is such a dapper dresser and I loved his array of suits, colored shirts and the great accessories he wore with them. And Camilla hit all the right fashion notes on this tour. She dresses so well for her age, body shape and event. The best part was seeing the fun they have together as a couple, they really seem to enjoy each others company.


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