Fun facts for the royal visit

Cayman is gearing up for a royal visit with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall set to visit next month.

Charles and his wife Camilla are scheduled to make a two-day visit to the Cayman Islands, including Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

The royal duo is set to arrive on the afternoon of Wednesday, 27 March, with the following day a public holiday in honour of their visit. The royal visit will mark the end of a Caribbean tour, which includes visits to St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, and the first ever British royal visit to Cuba.

According to the U.K. government, Charles and Camilla’s visit to Cayman will celebrate its place within the British family.

During their trip Charles and Camilla will officially open the new airport and will also attend a meeting with Premier Alden McLaughlin and Governor Martyn Roper. They will also attend a series of engagements focusing on sustainability and marine conservation, as well as events at the Botanic Gardens and Pedro St. James. Camilla is also slated to open the new Jasmine Villa Hospice and will also visit the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre as well as George Town Primary School.

Photo caption: Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

In celebration of the royal visit, here are a few fun facts about Charles and Camilla:

- Both Charles and Camilla have known each other for more than 50 years, yet they only got married in 2005. They were both married and divorced before they tied the knot with each other and were ensconced in a not-so-secret affair throughout their previous marriages.

- Charles and Camilla share a love of the countryside and countryside pursuits. They are also both reportedly love the ballet, theatre, and opera.

- When accompanied by Charles, Camilla is the second-highest ranking woman in England after the Queen. However, if Charles is not present, she drops in rank falling behind the Queen, Anne the Princess Royal, and Princess Alexandra.

- Camilla has two children and five grandchildren. One of her grandchildren, Eliza Lopes, was a bridesmaid at William and Kate’s wedding.

- Prince Charles was the first British royal heir to earn a degree. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University’s Trinity College. He started studying archaeology and anthropology, but later switched to history. He later earned his master’s degree from the same university.

- While at school, The Prince played the piano, trumpet, and cello. While an undergraduate at Cambridge, he played the cello, performing in a symphony concert by the Trinity College Orchestra.

- Charles learned to ice skate at the Richmond Ice Rink, London, U.K., receiving a Certificate of Merit in March 1962. Alas, as Cayman has no ice rink, he won’t be able to practice while on island.

- Both Charles and Camilla have really, really, really, really long official names. For Charles it is His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, CC, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.

For Camilla it’s Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Chester, Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

For the sake of brevity, we’ll stick with Charles and Camilla.

- Camilla is 16 months older than Charles. Camilla was born in July 1947 while Charles was born in November 1948 at Buckingham Palace.

- Before becoming a royal, Camilla worked as a secretary and a receptionist.

- Camilla is reportedly a big fan of Strictly Come Dancing, a popular U.K television show. In 2011 she visited the hit show’s set.

- Camillla loves dogs. She owns two Jack Russell terriers named Beth and Bluebell. They were both rescue puppies from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, London, U.K. of which she is now patron.

- Charles is reportedly a picky eater. According to reports he insists on having his eggs boiled for exactly seven minutes and his vegetables steamed in a specific brand of mineral water. He doesn’t eat lunch either.

- Charles is a qualified jet and helicopter pilot and affiliated to 18 military regiments. He is also Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal Navy and an Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force.

- Charles has visited nearly 100 countries around the world. This will be his second official visit to the Cayman Islands. It is Camilla’s first.

- Charles became a member of the Magic Circle, a society of stage magicians founded in London in 1905, after passing his audition with a "cup and balls" trick.

- Charles made a cameo appearance on popular U.K television soap Coronation Street in 2000 and has also presented the weather forecast on the BBC.

- Charles has his own brand of whisky, Barrogill, through the North Highlands initiative.

- Charles often carries out tree planting ceremonies during engagements. After planting each tree, he reportedly likes to give a branch a friendly shake to wish it well.

- Charles has a frog named after him. In 2012 a newly discovered species of Ecuadorian tree frog was announced and named after Charles to recognise his rainforest conservation work