The Duchess of Cornwall cut a chic figure in an elegant frilly suit as she attended a reception overlooking the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo on Thursday evening.
Camilla, 74, changed into the Anna Valentine ensemble for a reception at the 9 Pyramid Lounge after a busy day of engagements in Cairo following her and Prince Charles’ arrival in Egypt this morning.
The royal couple walked arm in arm as they were given a personal tour around one of the seven wonders of the ancient world while the sun slowly set behind them over the desert.
The royal couple arrived in Egypt today for the next leg of their four-day tour of the Middle East after departing from Jordan earlier this morning, where they had spent the last two days.
They started their day by meeting the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and the First Lady, Entissar Amer, at Al-Ittahadiya Palace in Cairo.
The Prince of Wales, 73 and the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, attended a reception at 9 Pyramid Lounge in Cairo after arriving in Egypt from Jordan this morning. Prince Charles wore a blue pin-striped suit with a white shirt for the reception, while Camilla opted for a flowy blue ensemble
The Duchess of Cornwall looked stylish in a frilly navy blouse as she chatted with retired surgeon Magdi Yacoub at tonight’s event
Looking elegant in a cool Anna Valentine tunic, trousers and flowing white headscarf, Camilla who went barefoot, then arrived at Al Azhar Mosque with her equally sophisticated husband, Charles, 73.
Tonight the Duchess of Cornwall, who wore her white-blonde hair perfectly coiffured, looked a vision in blue in the flowy blouse which featured frilly sleeve detail.
She accessorised with a metallic golden clutch bag and matching heels and sported just a few delicate pieces of jewellery – including a beautiful pair of diamond earrings and two gold pendant necklaces.
Camilla kept her makeup natural, opting for a thin layering of foundation to complete her health glow, a dash of mascara and a tasteful pink lipstick.
In the evening, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception at 9 Pyramid Lounge. Pictured: Charles with Dr Khaled Al Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, right
Seeing the sights! The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Great Sphinx of Giza, on the third day of their tour of the Middle East
The Prince of Wales looked dashing in a pin-striped blue suit, which he paired with a smart white shirt, light blue tie and matching pocket square.
Charles has visited the Cairo tourist destination before privately, but Camilla has never been to the site before – with both the royals appearing awe-struck as their guide talked them through 4,500 years of history.
They walked carefully up several steps up the side of the 454ft (138.5m) high pyramid called Khufu – or Pyramid of Cheops – and briefly stepped into the tunnel entrance out of view.
Ashraf Mohi, director of the Pyramid Complex, walked the couple around the three pyramids and to the Great Sphinx. He told them: ‘You are stepping on rocks that go back centuries and centuries. This is an adventure.’
At the reception tonight, the heir-to-the-throne will give a speech in front of the assembled guest after his first day in Egypt during his tour of the Middle-East
Prince Charles looked in great spirits tonight as he admired the Pyramids with Dr Khaled Al Anan, right, after a day busy with engagements
A royal wonder of the world! Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured) were all smiles as they arrived at the Great Pyramid of Giza in Cairo on the first day of their Egypt tour
He pointed at the pyramid explaining it was once covered in flat limestone. He said: ‘If you imagine in another time, it looked so shiny.’
They also stood in front of the impassive Great Sphinx for a spectacular photo call. The prince had been very keen to show his wife around the site while on their four-day tour to the Middle East.
It was the first time Prince Charles has been in Cairo for 15 years. Princess Diana posed for photos at the site in 1992.
The Great Pyramids of Giza were built 4,500 years ago and are among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The towering 146 metre (481ft) high Great Pyramid of Giza, also called Khufu, remained the tallest building in the world for 4,000 years. It is made of two million bricks each weighing 50 tonnes.
The 73 metre long Sphinx inspires millions of tourists every year. In pre-Covid times around 4,000 British tourists visited Egypt’s tourist destinations weekly.
Strike a pose! The Prince of Wales and the beaming Duchess of Cornwall posed together during a visit to the Great Sphinx of Giza (pictured)
Looking elegant in a cool tunic and trousers, Camilla removed the flowing white headscarf that she had worn earlier that day. Pictured, with Prince Charles visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza
Prince Charles put on a stylish display in a grey suit while Camilla (pictured together) opted for a loosing fitting ensemble, removing her headscarf which she’d worn earlier in the day
The royal couple walk next to Egypt’s Antiquities and Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anany near the Pyramids of Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo
The couple’s visit to Egypt, which will continue tomorrow, will highlight close links with the UK and comes just weeks after the future King’s appearance at COP26 in Glasgow.
A source close to Charles said: ‘The Prince is convinced that human ingenuity can help stop climate change because when you look at the pyramids you realise just what people can do.’
As they stepped off their official government plane in the capital earlier today, the Prince and the Duchess were greeted by Gareth Bayley OBE, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Egypt, and his wife, Sara Fawcett.
Then the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and the First Lady, Entissar Amer, greeted their royal guests at the palace’s entrance and the foursome posed for pictures before they split, with the two women heading to a room for talks, while the prince and his host held their meeting, which lasted about 40 minutes, separately.
The royal couple looked in high spirits as they arrived at the Great Pyramid of Giza in Cairo on the first day of their Egypt tour, before posing in front of the Sphinx (pictured)
The Prince of Wales and the beaming Duchess of Cornwall pose in front of the Sphinx on the outskirts of Cairo
The Prince of Wales and Camilla were seen walking alongside Egypt’s Antiquities and Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anany in front of the Sphinx
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Great Sphinx of Giza on the third day of their tour of the Middle East
With Egypt due to take over the presidency of the next UN climate change conference – Cop27 – it is likely environmental issues were part of the discussions.
The Egyptian leader is a retired field marshal who led the military’s overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected head of state, Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, in 2013, following mass protests against his rule.
In a televised announcement the president, then an army general, told the nation Mr Morsi had been removed from office and had failed to fulfil ‘the hope for a national consensus’.
The move was followed by a crackdown on those who opposed the ousting of Mr Morsi, which human rights organisations said resulted in the deaths of hundreds during one day of protests.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall walk across the courtyard of the Al Azhar Mosque, pictured left. Camilla donned a white headscarf during the visit, pictured right
The royal couple toured the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo alongside the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb (left)
Egyptian Islamic scholar and the current Grand Imam of al-Azhar mosque, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb (left), receives Prince Charles (right) and Camilla (centre) upon their arrival at the mosque in Cairo
The Egyptian leader – who former US president Donald Trump once reportedly called ‘my favourite dictator’ – has made maintaining stability and order in Egypt a priority.
Later, the Duchess of Cornwall went barefoot as she and the Prince of Wales visited the Al Alzar mosque in Cairo.
Prince Charles also urged young people studying in an Egyptian mosque to remember ‘all we have in common, not what divides us’. The Prince, visiting the Al Alzar mosque in Cairo, told students the ‘most important thing’ is to focus on the shared beliefs across faiths. ‘We share so much,’ he said.
The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall visited the Al Azhar Mosque shortly after landing in Cairo this morning, viewing the spectacular architecture and posing for a photograph in the central courtyard.
They met the Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, accompanied by the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Alexandria, Dr Samy Fawzy.
After the Duchess departed to begin her own programme in Cairo, the Prince attended an interfaith reception in closed Abassa room of the mosque. There, he was said to be in ‘deep conversation’ with the Grand Imam, surrounded by their entourages.
The royal couple will spend the next day and a half in the capital, with the highlight of their visit a trip to see the pyramids, naturally. Pictured, at the mosque with Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb
The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall pose for photographs as they visit the courtyard of the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo
The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured left, and right with Prince Charles) went barefoot today as she and the Prince of Wales visited the Al Alzar mosque in Cairo
Egyptian Islamic scholar and the current Grand Imam of al-Azhar mosque, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb welcomed Prince Charles and Camilla upon their arrival at the mosque