LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles will
unwind after the wedding of his son Prince William to Kate
Middleton by jetting off to Washington to meet U.S. President
Barack Obama and give a speech, his aides said on Thursday.
The heir to the British throne will fly out to the United
States for the two-day trip on May 3, just four days after the
world's eyes will be focused on the marriage of his elder son
During the trip, he will visit the White House to meet
Obama, who has not been included on the guest list for the
wedding as it is not classified as a full state occasion.
Obama is due to make an official state visit to Britain at
the end of May.
Charles will also give a speech at Washington's Georgetown
University on international sustainability, links between the
British and U.S. armed forces and the welfare of injured
servicemen, and education.
"Needless to say, our friendship with the United States is
one of the most important of Great Britain's international
relationships," said the prince's communications secretary
In a break with tradition, Charles will travel on a private
jet owned and offered for his use by Texan businessman Joe
Harverson said it was believed to be the first time a
member of the royal family had accepted private transport for
an official visit but in the current frugal economic climate
the government deemed the decision to be appropriate.
(Reporting by Nia Williams; Editing by Paul Casciato)
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