Britain's Prince Charles meets Obama on U.S. goodwill tour

Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:18pm EDT
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday as part of a goodwill tour of the United States.

Obama and the Prince of Wales chatted amiably in front of reporters and television cameras while the Duchess of Cornwall sat smiling on a couch nearby.

"I think it’s fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family," Obama told the prince.

"That’s awfully nice to know," Charles responded.

The two men did not make remarks or take questions during the short period the press was in the room. It was the first White House visit by Charles since May 2011.

The four-day visit by the prince and the Duchess of Cornwall aims to boost British-American partnership in such areas as climate change and corporate social responsibility.

The White House visit came after Charles and Camilla toured the Armed Forces Retirement Home, a veterans facility. The sprawling campus has about 450 residents and is also the site of President Abraham Lincoln's summer cottage.

The couple chatted with residents, stopped at a display of military uniforms and greeted veterans working out in the gym. At a bowling alley, Charles sent a ball down the lane, knocking over two pins to cheers from residents and staff.

Students carrying small U.S. and British flags lined the hallways of the Carlos Rosario Public Charter School, which teaches adult immigrants, to greet the 66-year-old heir to the British throne on his next stop.   Continued...

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington March 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts