Ahead of his two-day solo trip to India on Wednesday, Prince Charles shared a personal message to the official Clarence House Instagram page, which shares regular updates on the activities and royal work of Charles and his wife, Camilla. However, the most recent post uploaded to the page marks the first time that Charles has shared a statement himself.
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As I depart for India, on my tenth official visit, I did just want to convey my warmest best wishes to all of you in the Sikh Community in the United Kingdom, and across the Commonwealth, on the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The principles on which Guru Nanak founded the Sikh religion, and which guide your lives to this day, are ones which can inspire us all – hard work, fairness, respect, and selfless service to others. In embodying these values, Sikhs have made the most profound contribution to the life of this country, and continue to do so, in every imaginable field, just as you do in so many other places around the world. This week, as Sikhs everywhere honour the founder of your faith, my wife and I wanted you to know just how much your community is valued and admired by us all, and that our thoughts are with you at this very special time. . - HRH The Prince of Wales #RoyalVisitIndia #Gurupurab550
"As I depart for India, on my tenth official visit, I did just want to convey my warmest best wishes to all of you in the Sikh Community in the United Kingdom, and across the Commonwealth," Charles wrote.
He continued, "I wanted you to know just how much your community is valued and admired by us all," before signing off as, "HRH The Prince of Wales".
Charles is due to arrive in New Delhi on Wednesday this week, for a two-day solo trip that includes royal engagements focused on the growth of sustainable markets, climate change and social finance. On Thursday, Charles will also be celebrating his 71st birthday in the region.