Prince Charles was in Singapore for his first official visit back in 1979 – and here’s what it was like

Prince Charles receiving the Commonwealth Baton from national table tennis player Clarence Chew on Oct 30, 2017
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Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Singapore on Oct 30 for a four-day long official visit.

Their visit is part of an 11-day Southeast Asia and India tour, but it sure does sound like a packed four days.

Besides meeting Singapore’s newly elected president, the royal couple will have an orchid named in their honor, attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph, and visit Singapore’s World War I and II memorial at the Esplanade park, among other activities.

But while it may be the Duchess’s first trip to Singapore, Prince Charles actually visited the country back in 1979.

Business Insider dug into the archives and pulled up some old black and white photos from his first official visit to Singapore.

Here’s what we found.

Prince Charles first visited Singapore in 1979 for a three-day trip. 

And among those to greet him just moments after the British Royal Air Force plane parked, were then British High Commissioner to Singapore, Mr John Dunn Hennings, and Chief of Protocol, Mr Tan Kheng Jin. 

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Prince Charles, who was also the president of the International Council of the United World Colleges from 1978 until 1995, was captured smiling at his welcoming party at the airport. 

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And during his visit of the United World College, he spent a great part of his day exploring the college’s main sporting areas. 

He mingled and took time to talk to different groups of students, leaving several of them charmed and impressed.  

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The heir to the British throne even managed to squeeze in some time for a friendly game of polo with the Singapore Polo Club President’s team during his visit to the Singapore Polo club. 

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He took a tumble off his horse during the match but quickly remounted the horse and sauntered around for a while to show that he wasn’t hurt.

He even scored a goal with the support of his team mate, Mike Hooper. 

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