Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla will visit Cyprus for the first time next month, Clarence House has announced, on a tour that will also see them spend five days in Jordan. The Prince of Wales will also travel alone to Bosnia and Herzegovina before both trips with this wife.
This will be the first time a Royal Family member has visited Cyprus since 1993, when the Queen toured the country. While Prince William and Duchess Kate made a trip to RAF Akrotiri in 2018, the military base is actually located in a British overseas territory, not Cyprus itself.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will be on Cyprus from March 18 to 21. While there, they will celebrate traditional Cypriot culture, and will also recognize the work the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus has done since it was formed in 1964. Peacekeepers have been on the island nation since then to prevent new violence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
On March 21, the couple will then travel to Jordan, where they will meet with King Abdullah and Queen Rania. The mission is focused on refugees and what Jordan is doing to help them. Camilla will spend time learning about Rania's work to help mothers and children. This will not be the first time in the country for either Charles or Camilla; the Prince of Wales was last in Jordan in 2015, while the Duchess of Cornwall last visited in 2013.
Before travelling to Cyprus, Charles will visit Bosnia-Herzegovina from March 17 to 18. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide – also called the Srebrenica massacre – in which more than 8,000 Bosniaks, most of whom were men and boys, were murdered. Charles will spend his trip remembering the victims.
March looks to be a very busy month for the Royal Family. In addition to Charles and Camilla's overseas trips, William and Kate are set to travel to Ireland from March 3 to 5.
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry will also undertake several solo and joint UK engagements in March before the couple step down from their senior royal roles on March 31. Right now, their final joint engagement will be on March 9 at Commonwealth Day with other members of the Royal Family.