Yesterday, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall had a busy day starting with a visit to the Supreme Court to commemorate its 10th anniversary, followed by hosting a black tie dinner celebrating the achievements of the British Asian Trust.
Accompanied by Lady Hale, President and first Woman Justice of the Supreme Court, Prince Charles and Camilla toured the Court’s dependencies and viewed the three courtrooms.
They additionally saw pieces from the Supreme Court and Middlesex archives. One of the items the royal guests viewed was an official portrait of The Queen opening the building 10 years ago. They also viewed a bust of King Edward VII and a portrait of Charles I.
The Supreme Court moved out of the House of Lords to the Middlesex Guildhall in 2009, which had been renovated with the aim to restore its original feature, separating Parliament from the highest level judiciary.
As the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases, as well as for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Supreme Court hears cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance affecting the whole population. One example of a recent case there was vs the UK Government over Brexit.
At the end of the visit, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were presented with four teddy bears by Lady Hale, as gifts to Prince Charles’ grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge, and another for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s unborn baby.
Following the visit, Prince Charles, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, hosted a reception and black tie dinner at Buckingham Palace in support of the British Asian Trust. Among the guests were former cricketer Isa Guha, Neelam Gill and Gurinder Chadha, ambassadors of the Trust.
During the dinner, it was announced that the British Asian Trust has launched a large-scale project to provide social support for women and girls across South Asia, with a $100m Outcomes Fund. The fund will create a range of new social finance products in areas such as women’s economic empowerment and girls’ education in the next five years.
The Trust was founded in 2007 by The Prince of Wales and a group of British Asian business leaders, who wanted to engage in reducing the extensive poverty in South Asia.