Prince Charles Finally Wears a Face Mask — With a Very Special Meaning

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, made a surprise appearance in Northern Ireland this week. The royal couple enjoyed a one-day visit to thank essential workers for their efforts during the pandemic. When Charles and Camilla arrived at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, cameras caught the future king wearing a face mask in public for the very first time.

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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles had numerous engagements in Northern Ireland

According to Town & Country, the recent visit marked the first time Charles and Camilla had been in Northern Ireland in more than a year. The couple had numerous engagements throughout the day, and at one point they split up to visit separate locations.

The royal couple met with workers in the healthcare, food service, and tourism sectors. They discussed how those on the front lines have dealt with the pandemic over the past six months. Charles and Camilla began their day at Ulster Museum. It was the first museum in the country to reopen after COVID-19 forced them to close.

The royal couple talked with staff about the challenges they’ve faced after reopening. Then they took the time to view an exhibit on Florence Nightingale. The next stop was at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, where they met with a group of nurses and midwives.

Later, Charles traveled to Henderson Foodservice in Country Antrim. The family-owned business has been operating for 120 years and distributes groceries to convenience stores across Ireland. At the same time, Camilla visited Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid.

They wrapped up their visit by meeting with officials in the Northern Ireland government at Hillsborough Castle.

The Prince of Wales wore a mask in public for the first time

When Prince Charles stepped out of his car after arriving at the museum, he was wearing a face mask for the first time in public. Camilla wore a dark green patterned mask that matched her dress and coat.

A tweet from Clarence House explained seamstresses from the Turquoise Mountain Textiles program made the face masks that both Charles and Camilla wore.

In 2006, the Prince of Wales set up the Turquoise Mountain charity to “protect heritage at risk and to provide training and jobs around the world.”

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According to Hello! Magazine, the masks are for sale on the Turquoise Mountain’s website. And they sell for £6.50 ($8.50) each. The website says that the proceeds support artisans in need and the wider Myanmar community.

“For every mask sold, we will donate one to vulnerable communities in Yangon,” reads the site.

Charles and Camilla’s patronages are extremely important to them. When the duchess was at Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid, she spoke about her concern for domestic violence victims. Especially during the lockdown.

Prince Charles offers condolences to Kuwait’s royal family

After his trip to Northern Ireland, Prince Charles’ office shared the message he sent to senior members of Kuwait’s royal family. The prince sent the letter in the wake of Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah’s death.

According to Express, Charles recalled the kindness of the Kuwaiti emir in his letter. The prince has visited Kuwait twice on behalf of the British government. The first time was in 1989 when he toured the Persian Gulf with Princess Diana. His second visit was in 2007 with the Duchess of Cornwall.

“As a leader, and a humanitarian, the late Amir’s wisdom and commitment to peace and stability were very greatly admired, and I can well imagine how deeply his loss will be felt by so many people,” Charles wrote.

The Prince of Wales said he would never forget Sheikh Sabah’s kindness. He added that the only thing he could offer was his condolences and warmest best wishes. Charles also noted his commitment to “the bonds of friendship and co-operation which have so long existed between our two countries.”

Queen Elizabeth and Prince William also sent messages of sympathy to the Kuwaiti royal family and to the Kuwaiti people.