Prince Charles and Camilla Honor Genocide Victims During First-Ever Royal Visit to Rwanda

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Prince Charles and Camilla Honor Genocide Victims During First-Ever Royal Visit to Rwanda

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are in Rwanda, marking the first-ever British royal visit to the East African country.

On Tuesday, the royal couple touched down in Rwanda, where Prince Charles will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Prince Charles has previously attended five of the 24 meetings held since 1971: Edinburgh in 1997, Uganda in 2007, Sri Lanka in 2013, Malta in 2015 and the U.K. in 2018.

Leaders of Commonwealth countries gather every two years for the meeting, which is hosted by a different member country on a rotating basis. This meeting is taking place after the event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive to attend the The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on June 21, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales has attended five of the 24 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting meetings held since 1971: Edinburgh in 1997, Uganda in 2007, Sri Lanka in 2013 (representing The Queen), Malta in 2015 and the UK in 2018. It was during the UK CHOGM that it was formally announced that The Prince would succeed The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. Leaders of Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting which is hosted by a different member country on a rotating basis.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive to attend the The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on June 21, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales has attended five of the 24 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting meetings held since 1971: Edinburgh in 1997, Uganda in 2007, Sri Lanka in 2013 (representing The Queen), Malta in 2015 and the UK in 2018. It was during the UK CHOGM that it was formally announced that The Prince would succeed The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. Leaders of Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting which is hosted by a different member country on a rotating basis.

Ian Vogler-Pool/Getty Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

On Wednesday, Prince Charles and Camilla visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where they learned more about the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi during the Rwandan Civil War. During a period of around 100 days, hundreds of thousands of members of the Tutsi minority ethnic group were killed by armed militias.

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pause in front of a flower wreath at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Rwanda on June 22, 2022 during a visit. - Britain's Prince Charles will take part in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda from the 20 june until the 25 June 2022.
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pause in front of a flower wreath at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Rwanda on June 22, 2022 during a visit. - Britain's Prince Charles will take part in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda from the 20 june until the 25 June 2022.

SIMON WOHLFAHRT/AFP via Getty Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

The memorial, one of six national memorial sites that commemorate the Rwanda Genocide, is based around a former church and is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims.

The center was officially opened in 2004 to mark the tenth commemoration of the Genocide.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales looks mournful as he is shown skulls of victims during a visit to the Nyamata Church Genocide Memorial where between the 14th and 16th April, 1994 approximately 5,000 Tutsis were killed inside Nyamata Church on June 22, 2022 in Nyamata, Rwanda. Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales has attended five of the 24 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting meetings held since 1971: Edinburgh in 1997, Uganda in 2007, Sri Lanka in 2013 (representing The Queen), Malta in 2015 and the UK in 2018. It was during the UK CHOGM that it was formally announced that The Prince would succeed The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. Leaders of Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting which is hosted by a different member country on a rotating basis.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales looks mournful as he is shown skulls of victims during a visit to the Nyamata Church Genocide Memorial where between the 14th and 16th April, 1994 approximately 5,000 Tutsis were killed inside Nyamata Church on June 22, 2022 in Nyamata, Rwanda. Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales has attended five of the 24 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting meetings held since 1971: Edinburgh in 1997, Uganda in 2007, Sri Lanka in 2013 (representing The Queen), Malta in 2015 and the UK in 2018. It was during the UK CHOGM that it was formally announced that The Prince would succeed The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. Leaders of Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting which is hosted by a different member country on a rotating basis.

Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Prince Charles

Prince Charles, 73, was shown skulls of victims as well as their clothes and other belongings. Camilla, 74, also viewed photos of the victims.

The couple met with survivors from the Village of Hope, a community working to lift people out of extreme poverty, to hear their stories. They also participated in a wreath-laying ceremony and stopped for a moment of reflection at the Wall of Names.

Britain's Prince Charles (C), Prince of Wales, and Britain's Camilla (3rd-L), Duchess of Cornwall pose for a photo with a group of Genocide survivors during a visit of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Rwanda on June 22, 2022 during a visit. - Britain's Prince Charles will take part in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda from the 20 june until the 25 June 2022.
Britain's Prince Charles (C), Prince of Wales, and Britain's Camilla (3rd-L), Duchess of Cornwall pose for a photo with a group of Genocide survivors during a visit of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Rwanda on June 22, 2022 during a visit. - Britain's Prince Charles will take part in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda from the 20 june until the 25 June 2022.

SIMON WOHLFAHRT/AFP via Getty Camilla and Prince Charles

Also on Wednesday, Prince Charles and Camilla met with Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and his wife, Jeannette Kagame.

It was during the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that Queen Elizabeth formally asked that Prince Charles be appointed as her successor of the association of Britain and its former colonies.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2nd L) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) meet with Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda (2nd R) and his wife Jeannette Kagame (L) on June 22, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales has attended five of the 24 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting meetings held since 1971: Edinburgh in 1997, Uganda in 2007, Sri Lanka in 2013 (representing The Queen), Malta in 2015 and the UK in 2018. It was during the UK CHOGM that it was formally announced that The Prince would succeed The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. Leaders of Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting which is hosted by a different member country on a rotating basis.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2nd L) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) meet with Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda (2nd R) and his wife Jeannette Kagame (L) on June 22, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales has attended five of the 24 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting meetings held since 1971: Edinburgh in 1997, Uganda in 2007, Sri Lanka in 2013 (representing The Queen), Malta in 2015 and the UK in 2018. It was during the UK CHOGM that it was formally announced that The Prince would succeed The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. Leaders of Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting which is hosted by a different member country on a rotating basis.

Ian Vogler - Pool/Getty Jeannette Kagame, Prince Charles, President and Camilla

"It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949," the Queen, now 96, said.

"By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for those who follow us: a world where the Commonwealth's generosity of spirit can bring its gentle touch of healing and hope to all," she continued.

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