Prince Charles Visits Armenia


YEREVAN (RIA Novosti and ArmeniaNow) — Prince Charles, the 64-year-old heir to the British throne, arrived in Armenia on Tuesday, May 28, on a first-ever visit by a member of the British royal family.

The private visit is scheduled to last until May 30, the UK embassy in Yerevan’s press service said. The visit was organized following an invitation from the Yerevan, My Love charity foundation, whose activities are directed at preserving landmark historic sites in Armenia’s ancient capital.

During his planned visit to Matenadaran, the ancient manuscript repository and research center in Yerevan, Prince Charles was greeted by a group of environmentalists protesting the opening of the Amulsar gold mine.

During his visit, Prince Charles also met with President Serge Sargisian at the presidential residence and leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.

The main purpose of his current trip is to promote a charity project, Yerevan, My Love, initiated by the UK-based former Armenian Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian.

As reported by the presidential press service, during the meeting President Sargisian welcomed the Prince of Wales in Armenia, where, according to him, he has an opportunity to get familiarized with the country, its people and historical-cultural heritage.

Emphasizing that Armenian-British relations have a centuries-old history and that the Armenian people have a warm attitude towards the British people and the royal family, the Armenian leader asked Prince Charles to convey his greetings and good wishes to Queen Elizabeth II. The president warmly recalled his meeting with the Queen and the Prince in London in 2010.

“The attitude of our people towards you is special. It is conditioned by the fact that you are involved in a great deal of charity. The brightest example of it is the Yerevan, My Love project with your active participation and contribution,” President Sargisian said.

He also thanked the Yerevan, My Love founder, Armen Sarkissian, for initiating the project and organizing the visit of the Prince of Wales to Armenia.

Prince Charles, for his part, expressed his gratitude for the warm reception and hospitality and thanked Sarkissian for the invitation. He attached importance to the charity project as well as the construction of an international school in Dilijan, saying that for about 14 years he has been chairman of the United World Colleges consortium.

Prince Charles stressed that he values the attention that the Republic of Armenia pays to education and youth development programs and expressed readiness to expand his program of supporting young entrepreneurs also to Armenia.