Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met British heir to the throne Prince Charles today ahead of her historic address to both houses of parliament.
Her royal encounter on the third day of her first trip to Britain in 24 years came as the British government confirmed it had invited Myanmar’s reformist president Thein Sein to visit London.
Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi, who is visiting Britain for a week as part of a sweep through Europe, met Charles and his wife Camilla at their Clarence House residence in London.
Charles knew Suu Kyi’s late English husband Michael Aris, and became patron of the Tibet expert’s Memorial Trust for Tibetan and Himalayan Studies after Aris died in 1999.
She earlier met British Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where she received loud applause.
Suu Kyi, a recently-elected lawmaker herself following her release from house arrest in 2010, was to address British lawmakers later in the 11th-century Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the parliament complex.
She is only the fifth foreign dignitary since World War II to address both houses of parliament in the cavernous hall, following in the footsteps of US President Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, Nelson Mandela and Charles de Gaulle.
The Myanmar opposition leader will also meet with Cameron.
Damn! Camilla is looking younger that Charles and Suu Kyi. Who would have thought?