Saturday 27 December 2014

Camilla comments on Saudi 'change'

Published 17/03/2013 | 10:06

The Duchess of Cornwall said she had 'had so many more chances to meet women, it's been extraordinary'
The Duchess of Cornwall meets women who are learning cooking skills at the Bab Rizq Jameel Nafisa Shams Female Academy for Arts and Crafts

The Duchess of Cornwall said she had noticed a "sea of change" in Saudi Arabia as she toured a women's craft academy.

Concluding the third leg of the royal tour of the Middle East, Camilla met women who have attended vocational training programmes.

"I've noticed that since the last time I was here there's been a sea of change," she said.

"Talking to people, they all tell me they think there's a big difference and they are all so intelligent and sensible.

"The King has given access to the Shura, which has made a big difference. I have had so many more chances to meet women, it's been extraordinary."

Women at the Bab Rizq Jameel Nafisa Shams Female Academy for Arts and Crafts in Jeddah learn skills in cooking, beauty and craft.

The Duchess finished her tour in the exhibition space, where products made by the women are displayed and sold.

Sampling some of the cakes the women had made, Camilla said they were delicious and asked: "Can I take this and eat it later?"

Along with Prince Charles, the royal couple will now proceed to Oman for the final stop of their trip.

Press Association

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