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I love coming to India: Prince Charles

Asked what he finds most exciting about India, the heir to the British throne replied, "Indian people."

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 02:33 IST

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla charmed their entry into India on Sunday as the royal couple began a six-day visit of a country they "love" and want to come again and again.

The arrival of the 58-year-old Charles and Camilla also provided a time-out for the English cricket team two days before they start a series of one-day encounters with the hosts at Ferozeshah Kotla ground in New Delhi.

"I love coming to India. It is emotional," the Prince said when asked how he felt to be in the country as he shook hands with the English cricket team and guests.

Asked what he finds most exciting about India, the visitor in New Delhi for the second time in three years said, "Indian people."

Interacting with the cricketers after the end of the three-match test series, Charles and Camilla posed various queries like 'how has the tour been' and 'what have you done in the matches' (to individual players).

The replies were generally that the tour has been wonderful so far and the team was gearing up for the one-day series.

Shaking hands with a man from Punjab, an elated Charles said, "I am going to Punjab on Monday. Is it raining heavily there?"

Camilla said she loved India very much and liked coming here as the guests vied each other to shake hands with the royal couple.

First Published: Mar 26, 2006 22:14 IST