Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall land in Jordan for royal visit

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have touched down to begin their royal visit to Jordan and Egypt.

The Prince and Duchess landed at Queen Alisa International Airport in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday morning, on the VIP RAF Voyager.

They were welcomed by the Royal Jordanian Guard, before being greeted by Britain’s Ambassador to Jordan and a team of defence staff.

Later on Tuesday they will visit Al Husseiniya Palace for a formal welcome with His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania, who has recently been part of Prince William’s Earthshot Prize panel.

The King, Queen, future King and Duchess will walk through the palace for a guard of honour in the inner courtyard, before a private meeting.

The VIP RAF Voyager carrying the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan

During the afternoon, the Duchess and Queen Rania will visit the "Little Home" area of the Queen Rania Family and Children Centre, set up to help protect children from abuse.

Spending time with local schoolchildren, aged seven to nine, they will see six zones of activities including a play kitchen.  

They will then see the "Youth Space" where they will meet teenagers taking life skills lessons on building self-esteem and assertiveness.

The women will see handmade items from women in rural and nomadic Jordan, part of a collaboration between the Jordan River Foundation and Ikea.  

Ikea sell the products in their stores around the world, as part of a partnership to create jobs and increase economic inclusion for Jordanian and Syrian women.  

Some of the women are victims of gender-based violence, and take art therapy classes.

The Duchess will be invited to join in, making a hand out of clay.

The Prince and Duchess will go on to visit the place believed to be the site of Jesus’s baptism.

Accompanied by HRH Prince Ghazi, they will walk around the base of Elijah’s Hill, where it is believed that Elijah ascended to heaven in the 9th century BC, and see the excavations around the cave where John the Baptist lived, taking in the wilderness across to the River Jordan.

They will also see the remains of a 5th century church, next to the cave, the first monastery east of the Jordan River on the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem and Bethlehem to the west and Mount Nebo to the East.

Prince Charles and Camilla will then travel across to the Baptism site where they will walk down the steps to the riverbed where Christ was said to be baptised, touching the water.

The water from the River Jordan is used in royal christenings.

On Tuesday night, they will join King Abdullah II and Queen Rania at Al Husseiniya Palace.

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