YEREVAN (RIA Novosti and ArmeniaNow) — Prince Charles, the 64-year-old heir to the British throne, arrived in Armenia on Tuesday, May 28, on a first-ever visit by a member of the British royal family.
The private visit is scheduled to last until May 30, the UK embassy in Yerevan’s press service said. The visit was organized following an invitation from the Yerevan, My Love charity foundation, whose activities are directed at preserving landmark historic sites in Armenia’s ancient capital.
During his planned visit to Matenadaran, the ancient manuscript repository and research center in Yerevan, Prince Charles was greeted by a group of environmentalists protesting the opening of the Amulsar gold mine.
During his visit, Prince Charles also met with President Serge Sargisian at the presidential residence and leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.
The main purpose of his current trip is to promote a charity project, Yerevan, My Love, initiated by the UK-based former Armenian Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian.
As reported by the presidential press service, during the meeting President Sargisian welcomed the Prince of Wales in Armenia, where, according to him, he has an opportunity to get familiarized with the country, its people and historical-cultural heritage.