State House, Banjul, 27th September 2018 – The Office of the President is pleased to announce that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit The Gambia on the 31st October 2018.
This will be The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s first visit to The Gambia. The visit will celebrate The Gambia’s re-entry into the Commonwealth in February this year as well as highlight the warm and dynamic relationship between The Gambia and the United Kingdom.
The President of The Gambia, His Excellency Mr. Adama Barrow, will welcome their Royal Highnesses to the country at a ceremony in McCarthy Square in the capital city of Banjul.
Key events in the programme will include a visit to the MRC Unit The Gambia (at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), to recognise its pioneering research into the diseases and public health challenges affecting millions of people across Africa. The visit by The Prince of Wales will highlight the key role the unit plays in the global fight to eliminate malaria. The Prince of Wales will also visit the Gambian Armed Forces Training Centre, from where troops are trained for their role with the United Nations – African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).
The Duchess of Cornwall’s programme will include a visit to a school to meet young people aspiring to enter The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883.
The visit to The Gambia will end with a State Dinner before Their Royal Highnesses depart for Ghana and Nigeria.
Director of Press & Public Relations
Office of the President, State House, Banjul