November is going to be a month full of jet-setting for Prince Charles! The Prince of Wales is set to turn 71 this year, and he’ll do it while in India.
Clarence House has just announced that the Duke of Cornwall will travel to the country from Nov. 13 to 14 to “celebrate British-Indian connections.” He’ll be in New Delhi during that time, where he’ll hold engagements with a focus on sustainability, climate change and social focus – and he’ll hopefully get a birthday cake on the second day of the tour!
This will be Charles’s 10 th trip to India, which he last visited with Duchess Camilla in 2017 while the couple toured there, Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia. India is a country he reveres and greatly respects, saying in 2003, “I will have to pay many more visits to this vast and diverse country for which I have a particular affection.”
This means Charles will celebrate making 71 trips around the sun without Camilla, with whom he’ll be reunited when the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall travel to New Zealand from Nov. 17 to 23. So it sounds like he’ll be able to celebrate a few days later, if he doesn’t do so in India.
Charles and Camilla’s seven-day tour of New Zealand will also see the couple focusing on sustainability and environmental issues, both close to their hearts. While in New Zealand, Camilla will also put emphasis on domestic violence prevention and literacy, two causes she’s long supported as a royal. The couple will also meet with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern while there.
From there, Camilla will return to the UK, while Charles will travel solo to Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands. He’ll emphasize the British monarchy’s connections to the South Pacific islands, which are members of the Commonwealth, before returning home.
Earlier this month, Charles flew to Japan, where he and many other royals attended the enthronement ceremony and following banquet for Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo. The Prince of Wales spent another day visiting the Welsh rugby team at the Rugby World Cup and also travelled to one of Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temples while he was there.