Charles and Camilla greeted by tourists as they tour America's greatest memorials

The British Royals are used to fanfare, but Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were given an extra warm welcome in the United States on Wednesday, as they were surrounded by crowds of tourists. The pair, who are on a three day tour of the country, were visiting two of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Memorial and the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial.


Charles and Camilla began their day at arguably the most famous monument in Washington D.C.

One group of tourists who were delighted to see Charles and Camilla were students from the state of Virginia. Joan Darby, who brought her U.S. history class to the Dr. King memorial said they were thrilled to meet the future King.

"To come here and have such a joyful event was just really incredible luck on our part," she said.

The two wrapped up warm for their 20 minute walk around the memorials which are both located at the same end of the National Mall. Charles and Camilla were guided by civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. John Lewis, before being greeted by historians at the Lincoln Memorial.

Also joining Charles and Camilla was US Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Harry Johnson, the president of the foundation, which built the King memorial, revealed that he gifted the royal couple a stone from the memorial's granite.

Both Charles and Camilla looked sombre as they passed the long granite wall, which features quotes from the late Dr. King, including: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive but hate, only love can do that."

Charles and Camilla later toured the pioneer farm site at Mount Vernon

After stopping for selfies with the waiting crowds, the pair moved on to the neighbouring state of Virginia, where they were met by the Governor and First Lady of Virginia, Terry and Dorothy McAuliffe, at Mount Vernon.

The home of George Washington, the first President of the United States, it is considered one of the most historic places in the country.

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