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Prince Charles, Camilla visit IMA, FRI

On second day of their nine-day visit to India, the Prince of Wales Charles and his wife Duchess of Camilla visited the reputed military training institution Indian Military Academy (IMA) in the state capital on Thursday amidst tight security. It was a memorable day for budding army officers to interact with royal couples and save the golden moments in their cameras.

Prince Charles showed keen interest in the daily routine of the cadets and asked curiously about the drill, sports and holidays among others. He also observed that they came from diverse backgrounds and asked some of them about the native places they hailed from. He urged the cadets that in times of natural calamity; the cadets should come forward whole-heartedly in carrying out relief and rescue operations.

The royal couple was accorded a Guard of Honour and was taken around the sprawling complex where Prince Charles took special interest in the training module of the Gentlemen Cadets while Duchess Camilla admired the equestrian wing.

The Royal couple was also taken to the Vikram Batra Mess where the Prince interacted with the Gentlemen Cadets of IMA as well as the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), another premier military training school set up by the British in 1922.

IMA Commandant Lt. Gen. Manvendra Singh, while welcoming the Prince, stressed that his visit would further strengthen the historic and strong bonds between the two nations who also shared high military values.

Prince Charles was presented with the photos of the iconic institutions of the IMA and RIMC as well as a silver plaque as memento. He presented the IMA Commandant with a shining sword.

Meanwhile, Duchess Camilla was apprised of the relief works carried out by the NGOs during the mid-June natural catastrophe and their further plans to rehabilitate the victims.
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