Monday, October 4, 2010

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in India for Commonwealth Games


Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, called on President Pratibha Patil Saturday, a day before the heir-apparent to the British throne and India's first citizen will declare open the 19th Commonwealth Games here. According to a Rashtrapati Bhawan official, the couple had over an hour-long meeting with the president, during which they also visited the Mughal Gardens. 'They had a chat. After that, they went for a walk in the gardens,' the official said. The Indian delicacies offered to the prince included pineapple halwa, made from a personal recipe of the president. Charles and his wife arrived here Saturday afternoon for a three-day visit.

The Commonwealth Games 2010 begin Sunday with a gala opening ceremony in the Indian capital. This is the first time the Games are being opened by two dignitaries as part of a compromise pact between the hosts and the Commonwealth Games Federation.