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Prince Charles, Camilla Arrive in U.S., Visit Site of Sept. 11 Attack

November 02, 2005|From Newsday

NEW YORK — The Charles and Camilla show descended on Manhattan on Tuesday with a royal grip-and-grin that saw the duchess of Cornwall and the prince of Wales mixing it up with the masses in Hanover Square.

Camilla, accompanying her husband on his first official overseas trip since their April wedding, emerged from a black sport utility vehicle as about 500 curious, admiring and occasionally cynical bystanders looked on. Charles, in pinstripes, followed.

Camilla strode confidently to metal barricades and made small talk until she was joined by her husband.

"What do you think of New York?" an onlooker yelled.

"It's very good," Camilla replied with a smile.

The duo arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday morning and visited the World Trade Center site before their public appearance at the triangular garden named for King George I of Hanover. There, they dedicated a stone commemorating the 67 British victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

It was the first day of a weeklong tour designed to highlight Charles' environmental causes.

From the Financial District, the two headed to a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Today the prince and duchess are to dine with President Bush at the White House.

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