Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife were welcomed to the Oval Office by President Barack Obama on Thursday, with the US leader commenting that the American people like the royal family “much better than their own politicians.” Duration: 00:40
Obama welcomes Prince Charles and wife in Oval Office
British royals mingle with retired vets, immigrants in US
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 (AFP) – Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla chatted with US military veterans on Thursday, then dropped by a school that caters to newcomers to America.
The royal couple stopped by the Armed Forces Retirement Home, which includes a cottage where Civil War president Abraham Lincoln spent his summers, and the Carlos Rosario school for adult immigrants ahead of a White House meetup with President Barack Obama.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall first stood on the porch of Lincoln’s Cottage, where they learned about its history and restoration, but did not wander into the spacious rooms inside.
Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation at the hilltop cottage where he lived for much of the Civil War, commuting daily to the White House on horseback.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the assassination of Lincoln, whose imposing memorial the couple visited Wednesday.
Charles and Camilla then mingled with some of the 450 elderly veterans who reside at “The Soldier’s Home,” as it is commonly called, situated amid rolling parkland in the heart of the US capital.
“We almost consider them our royal family, because we don’t have one,” said Vietnam War veteran Michael Martinez, 72, an amateur painter who discussed his acrylic landscapes with Charles, a watercolorist.
At the Carlos Rosario Public Charter School, the royal couple chatted with Latin American and Ethiopian immigrants striving to learn English as they begin new lives in the United States.
“English not easy! Lots of practice!” said the 66-year-old heir to the British throne by way of encouragement, as he wished good luck to a class.
The school is located in the diverse Columbia Heights district, where longtime African American residents rub shoulders with Salvadoran immigrants and young white professionals from all over the United States.
On Friday, Charles and Camilla proceed to Louisville to inspect community projects in the Kentucky city, before completing their four-day American stay.