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Charles, Camilla get royal reception at Jodhpur

Written by: Staff

Jodhpur, Mar 28: Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were given a grand reception by the erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur on their arrival here this evening.

The British royals who came on a special plane from Punjab were received by the erstwhile ruler of Jodhpur Maharaja Gaj Singh. They were given a reception at the Umaid Bhavan Palace where they will stay as guests of the family.

This is Prince Charles' second visit to Jodhpur. He had visited Marwar in 2003.

He is scheduled to visit the Artiya village tomorrow in Pali district to see water conservation measures at Gangeshwar lake. At Artiya, Prince Charles will get a taste of villagers' traditional way of life.

He will also inaugurate the two-day Asia Pacific Conference on Water Conservation tomorrow organised by Jal Bhagirathi, a NGO run by Gaj Singh.

He will then view an exhibition of Marwari horses and is also expected to visit the Mehrangarh Fort talk to expert craftsmen.

The security around the town was tight and the media was barred from the airport.

The Prince and the Duchess will spend the rest of the day today with the royal family and enquire about the health of Prince Shivraj Singh who is still recuperating from a severe injury sustained from a fall during a polo match here in February last year.


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