The British royal couple couldn’t have asked for more. On the first day of their visit to the city on Monday, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles were given a warm welcome.
The duo who are on a semi-official nine-day visit to India reached the Nedumbassery airport by noon. Amid tight security, they were taken on a tour of the Folklore Museum at Thevara straight away from the airport where traditional and cultural staples awaited them. The British Prince, who is an ardent lover of architecture, strolled through the extreme ornate corridors of the museum where they took a look of the historical artefacts and traditional architectural styles of Kerala coming to life. The duo took a look at the huge collection of mural paintings and old photographs, folklore collections, inscriptions, jewellery collections, traditional art costumes and musical instruments.
When a world of history with stories of kings, queens, conflicts, conquests and love unfolded, the Prince and his wife would have felt like getting into a time machine as this was no world unfamiliar to them. After getting a hint of the artistic history of the bygone era of Kerala from the museum, the Prince moved to the theatre in the museum where a kathakali performance by the students of Kalamandalam and a bharathanatyam performance by dancer Paris Lakshmi were organised by the state government for them.
Later in the afternoon, they moved to Vivanta by Taj in Willingdon Island where they are put up.
Prince Charles and wife also took part in the discussions for the development of the Aluva municipality.