October 5, 2005

Charles and Camilla to tour US

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's heir-to-the-throne Prince
Charles and his wife Camilla will meet President George W. Bush
when they travel to the United States for their first joint
official tour, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Charles, who married Camilla in April after a 35-year
affair, last visited the US in 2004 for the funeral of former
president Ronald Reagan.

He had previously visited the country with his first wife,
Princess Diana, who was hugely popular there. She died in a car
crash in Paris in 1997 but is still regularly discussed in the
country's celebrity press.

A spokeswoman for Charles' office at Clarence House said
the royal couple would visit New York, Washington DC and San
Francisco in early November.

They would have lunch and dinner at the White House with
Bush and the First Lady and would also meet the Secretary
General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was for a long time
reviled in the British press as the mistress who broke up
Charles' marriage to Diana but the media and British public
have softened toward her since their wedding.