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Prince Charles Begins Weekend U.S. Trip

Prince Charles Begins Weekend U.S. Trip

Prince Charles arrived for a two-day trip in the U.S. and his first visit to Philadelphia, the city where American colonists declared their independence from British rule more than two centuries ago.
The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived Friday, a day before official appearances were scheduled to begin at Independence Hall, where they are expected to be warmly welcomed by the mayor, governor and other officials in the first of about a half dozen scheduled public appearances.
The trip focuses on youth development, urban renewal and environmental stewardship.
Charles and Camilla flew in on British Airways, in line with the prince's recent announcement that he would forsake private jets to reduce his impact on the environment.
After Independence Hall, the couple are scheduled to meet with students at the Liberty Bell and receive a replica of the national icon. They will then attend a reception with community leaders at the National Constitution Center.
Next on the itinerary are stops in West Philadelphia, where the heir to the British throne will focus on youth development and urban revitalization. The area is home to some of the city's poorer and more violent neighborhoods.
The couple will visit a mural titled "Reading: A Journey," one of 2,700 created by the city's Mural Arts Program. They will then meet community members and mural artists at a reception at a nearby church.
James Helman, an activist in the city's Grays Ferry section, said he looks forward to speaking with Prince Charles about the mural called "Peace Wall" that was created in his neighborhood.
"I think the prince is very much interested in restoring blighted neighborhoods in his own country," said Helman, 61. "Mural arts is one of the options."
The couple then plan to stop at International House, a nonprofit organization housing nearly 400 students, scholars and interns from more than 65 nations. The duchess is to meet students while the prince attends a round-table discussion of urban renewal efforts in foreign countries.
A visit to the Academy of Music's 150th anniversary concert is scheduled for Saturday night.
On Sunday, the prince and duchess plan to attend services at Arch Street Presbyterian Church, spiritual home of the Welsh community in Philadelphia.
The couple are then scheduled to take a private train about 90 miles to New York, where they plan to visit a social services agency in Harlem and Prince Charles is to receive an award from Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment.
The prince and duchess last came to the United States in November 2005, when they visited the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and saw the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The trip also included stops in Washington and San Francisco.


Updated : 2021-04-10 20:33 GMT+08:00