Prince Charles and Camilla kick off Asia tour in Singapore


Annabelle Liang, Associated Press

Updated 9:52 pm, Monday, October 30, 2017

  • Britain's Prince Charles, right, stands for the national anthem with Singapore's President Halimah Yacob, during the welcome ceremony at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Photo: Yong Teck Lim, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Britain's Prince Charles inspects honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Photo: Yong Teck Lim, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Britain's Prince Charles, right, attends a welcome ceremony with Singapore's President Halimah Yacob at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Photo: Yong Teck Lim, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Britain's Prince Charles, center right, walks in front of Singapore's President Halimah Yacob as they inspect honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Photo: Yong Teck Lim, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Britain's Prince Charles, center left, and Camilla, left, Duchess of Cornwall, pose for a photo with Singapore's President Halimah Yacob, center right, and her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee during a welcome ceremony at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.  (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP) Photo: Edgar Su, AP / Retuers Pool

  • Britain's Prince Charles, left, and meets Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP) Photo: Edgar Su, AP / Retuers Pool

  • Britain's Prince Charles, center left, and Camilla, left, Duchess of Cornwall meet Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, center right, and his wife Ho Ching at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP) Photo: Edgar Su, AP / Retuers Pool

  • Britain's Prince Charles, left, meets Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP) Photo: Edgar Su, AP / Retuers Pool

Britain’s Prince Charles, right, stands for the national anthem with Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob, during the welcome ceremony at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Britain’s Prince Charles, right, stands for the national anthem with Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob, during the welcome ceremony at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.


Photo: Yong Teck Lim, AP


Britain’s Prince Charles inspects honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Britain’s Prince Charles inspects honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.


Photo: Yong Teck Lim, AP


Britain’s Prince Charles, right, attends a welcome ceremony with Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Britain’s Prince Charles, right, attends a welcome ceremony with Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.


Photo: Yong Teck Lim, AP


Britain’s Prince Charles, center right, walks in front of Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob as they inspect honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. less
Britain’s Prince Charles, center right, walks in front of Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob as they inspect honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Tuesday, … more


Photo: Yong Teck Lim, AP


Britain’s Prince Charles, center left, and Camilla, left, Duchess of Cornwall, pose for a photo with Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob, center right, and her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee during a welcome ceremony at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP) less
Britain’s Prince Charles, center left, and Camilla, left, Duchess of Cornwall, pose for a photo with Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob, center right, and her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee during a … more


Photo: Edgar Su, AP


Britain’s Prince Charles, left, and meets Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain’s Prince Charles, left, and meets Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP)


Photo: Edgar Su, AP


Britain’s Prince Charles, center left, and Camilla, left, Duchess of Cornwall meet Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, center right, and his wife Ho Ching at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP) less
Britain’s Prince Charles, center left, and Camilla, left, Duchess of Cornwall meet Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, center right, and his wife Ho Ching at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, … more


Photo: Edgar Su, AP


Britain’s Prince Charles, left, meets Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain’s Prince Charles, left, meets Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Edgar Su/Pool Photo via AP)


Photo: Edgar Su, AP


Prince Charles and Camilla kick off Asia tour in Singapore


SINGAPORE (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrived in Singapore on Tuesday, the first stop of an 11-day trip to strengthen ties between Britain and Asian countries.

They received a ceremonial welcome to kick off a visit to the Southeast Asian island nation in which they will have an orchid named after them and be hosted at a state banquet by Singapore’s president, Halimah Yacob.

Charles, the heir to the British throne, last visited Singapore in 1979. He is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph, which honors soldiers who died during World Wars I and II.

Singapore was a British colony and a valuable trading port. Thousands of soldiers from countries such as Britain, Australia and New Zealand died when Japanese troops moved swiftly down the Malay Peninsula in early 1942.

It was on Feb. 15, 1942, after a week of fierce, last-ditch fighting, that British Lt.-Gen. Arthur Ernest Percival surrendered Singapore and hostilities ceased.

The British returned after the war. Still, locals pushed for self-rule, and Singapore became independent in 1965.

“This visit reaffirms the historic and long-standing relationship between Singapore and the United Kingdom,” Singapore’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The royal couple leaves for Malaysia on Thursday. They’ll cap off their Asia tour with visits to Brunei and India.

British media reported that Myanmar was considered for the trip but was excluded from the itinerary. The mbad exodus of hundreds of thousands of minority Muslim Rohingya amid violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has become a major humanitarian crisis, with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi facing heavy international criticism.


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