Thiruvananthapuram: Prince Charles is likely to visit Kochi as part of his nine-day visit to India next month. Prince Charles and his wife Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, will tour India from November 6 to 14 ahead of the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka.
Kochi City Police Commissioner K. G. James is yet to receive any intimation from the state government on the British royal couple’s trip to Kochi.
British embassy officials in New Delhi are expected to visit Kochi soon. “But I am aware that they will be making a trip to the city,” James told DC.
The couple’s Clarence House residence officials said they will undertake an extensive trip to Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi when they will meet political, business and cultural leaders.
However, Charles will be coming alone to Kochi while Camilla will be visiting the Doon School at Dehradun at the same time. They had visited India last during 2010 coinciding with the Commonwealth Games.
Charles’s love for elephants is famous due to the influence of Camilla’s younger brother Mark Shand, an avid travel writer and owner of an elephant charity based in London, Elephant Family, which works towards the preservation of Asian elephants. Shand had visited Kerala several times previously.
Last year, there were reports that British Prime Minister David Cameron was expected to visit Cochin Shipyard and the Kochi police had done the preliminary security arrangements after the British embassy officials in New Delhi made a visit. But at the last moment, Kochi was dropped from Cameron’s travel itinerary.