Originally Posted by Al_bina
It is the interesting that the main wheel decided not to attend. I wonder what Singapore and its President did to Prince Charles. Techincally speaking, state visits are a part of Prince Charles' and his spouse' job.
And yet they miss quite a number of them - last year at this time as well there was a State Visit that they missed and earlier last year the most senior royal to attend the State Visit was Edward (besides the Queen and Philip).
Meeting European Heads of Mission is also an important role for the Head of State but this year it was done by Charles in Scotland - why - because it was on the same day. Surely that 'receiving' should have been done by The Queen?
The royal family organise their schedules months in advance so The Queen knew who was available for the State Visit and who she wanted or needed to be in attendance. She approved Camilla putting her son's book launch first and sent her eldest son and heir to Scotland to carry out duties there.
State Visits are NOT part of the job description of the heir to the throne at all given the recent evidence in the UK.