The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania for an official visit.
On November 7, 2011, the royal couple attended a welcoming reception, held at the State House, hosted by the president of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete and his wife. Upon their arrival the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by hundreds of locals waving the British and Tanzanian flags. After inspecting the military guard of honor the royal couple met with “…Tanzanian soldiers who had served as peacekeepers in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.”
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also “…visited a charity workshop that employs disabled men and women in the country’s capital…” where they made some pretty cool jewelry. According to the Press Association:
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall had a “Blue Peter moment” in Tanzania, as they raced each other to make pieces of jewelry.
Charles and Camilla sat side-by-side at a table to learn from Wonder Workshop staff how to make earrings and a necklace respectively.
The Duchess asked 28-year-old Neema Mohamedy, who sat beside her: ‘Are you going to show me what to do? I’m not normally very good at this.’
As she was handed a leather lace to thread through a blue glass ring, she said: ‘This is a Blue Peter moment.’
Wonder Workshop was set up by Briton Paul Joynson-Hicks, 40, after he kept seeing a group of polio victims begging near his office in Dar es Salaam in 2004.
After making some metal artwork himself, he thought the beggars would be able to do the same, despite their injuries, so he invited them into his workshop. Now the charity employs 33 disabled men and women who make art out of scrap metal, wood and glass.
Charles, who was given some tiny beads to thread through thin wire, said: “This is where I need my glasses.”
Noticing her 62-year-old husband was in difficulty, Camilla, 64, offered him her glasses three times. ‘Do you want my specs?’ she asked. The Prince laughed: ‘I’m not designed for this.’
And when he was handed even smaller beads by his helper Otaigo Wairoma, 27, he snorted, then said: ‘That’s not fair!’ source
In the afternoon, the Duchess of Cornwall along with the First Lady of Tanzania, Salma Kikwete, visited the WAMA Foundation and Read International while the Prince of Wales visited the Wateraid Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Feri Suburb, Kigamboni.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall making jewelry.
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Sources: Press Association and AFP