On Sunday 2nd November, Their Royal Highnesses will begin their visit to Mexico in the town of Real del Monte. The town is considered the birthplace of the historical relationship between the UK and Mexico, which began with Cornish miners who first arrived in Real del Monte from Falmouth in 1825, to help resuscitate the Mexican silver mining industry.
In addition to industrial mining technologies, the miners brought with them the Cornish pasty and football. Real del Monte still has a thriving relationship with Redruth in Cornwall with which it is twinned. Sunday 2nd November is also the Day of the Dead, a Mexican Public Holiday when Mexicans gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and visit their graves.
Their Royal Highnesses will mark the day by visiting the Cornish cemetery in Real del Monte, which contains the only known British WW1 memorial in Mexico to a Cornish immigrant who died at the Battle of the Somme. The Prince, who is also The Duke of Cornwall, and The Duchess, will lay a wreath at the memorial.
Their Royal Highnesses will also visit Mexico City, Campeche and Monterrey. In Mexico City Their Royal Highnesses will receive an official welcome by the President and First Lady at the Presidential Palace.
Other events will include a reception at the historical Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso to announce the Year of the UK in Mexico and the Year of Mexico in the UK in 2015 – a programme designed to promote collaboration in the fields of education, science and innovation, culture, and business.
In Campeche, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Edzna Maya archaeological site, which dates back to 400BC. During their tour of the site they will learn about restoration and meet some of the workers who have helped to successfully restore the ruins.
On the last day of their visit to Mexico, The Prince and The Duchess will visit Monterrey, the business and industrial centre of northern Mexico. In Monterrey, Their Royal Highnesses will receive an official welcome by the Governor before undertaking a programme of events that will highlight the successful regeneration of Monterrey’s historical sites.
The Prince will meet representatives of some of Mexico’s leading businesses and government agencies to support their role in developing youth entrepreneurship and innovation. The Prince last visited Mexico in 2002.
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