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01/26/07 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Prince Charles Headed to Philadelphia

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, are making a whirlwind trip to the city this weekend to get a big slice of Philadelphia culture.

The royal couple was to arrive Friday afternoon and spend about 24 hours visiting everything from historic sites to modern neighborhoods, fine arts patrons to urban painters, gospel hymns to classical music.

"Their Royal Highnesses are going to experience a very broad cross-section of Philadelphia," said Oliver St. Clair Franklin, the city's honorary British consul.

On Saturday morning, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were expected to be welcomed by Mayor John F. Street and Gov. Ed Rendell at Independence Hall. The building is where American colonists severed their ties with Britain in 1776.

The prince and duchess will visit the Liberty Bell, then attend a reception nearby at the National Constitution Center, according to the British Consulate-General.

Later, they will travel to west Philadelphia to meet with college students and see at least one of the city's 2,700 murals. One of their planned stops is International House, a nonprofit organization housing nearly 400 students, scholars and interns from more than 65 countries.

"Philadelphia is an international city and we have global citizens here, and the prince's interest shows that," said Franklin, the honorary consul who also serves as director of International House.

On Saturday night, the couple will attend a white-tie event at the Academy of Music in downtown Philadelphia. The academy is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a concert, ball and parade down Broad Street, including the Mummers -- Philadelphia's version of Mardi Gras krewes.

The couple will end their visit to Philadelphia after a church service Sunday morning, the consulate said.

From there, they are to take a private train to New York, where they will visit a social services agency in Harlem and Prince Charles will receive an environmental award from Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment.

Story courtesy of the Associated Press.

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