Prince Charles praises the ‘fantastic’ COP26 conference as he returns to the footsteps of Jesus in Jordan | UK News

The Prince of Wales has said the “fantastic” COP26 conference brought “quite a bit of success” as he followed in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in Jordan.

Charles and Duchess of Cornwall has been on a hike in Umm Qais, the site of the ancient city of Gadara, which dates back to the 3rd century BC.

The city is a major tourist attraction too Jordan and is said to be the place where Jesus performed the “miracle of the Gadars” – to deliver a man “possessed by the devil” by casting his demons into swine, according to the Apostle Mark.

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The Prince and Duchess are on the second day of a tour of the Middle East

Situated on an impressive hilltop, the old settlement gave the couple the opportunity to see the Jordan Valley and the Sea of ​​Galilee.

They were joined by Jordan’s Princess Dana Firas, a global advocate for cultural heritage protection, who asked the prince about COP26, which some commentators believe did not go far enough in an attempt to tackle rising global temperatures.

When the princess asked about the UN climate conference Charles attended Glasgow, he replied, it was, “Fantastic. Quite a success, I think.”

The prince delivered one of the opening speeches at the environmental summit held earlier in November, and has called on world leaders to take steps to avert the worst effects of rising global temperatures.

During their hike, the couple posed for a picture in Umm Qais with its impressive colonnaded street in the background and also saw the surviving vaulted terrace of the settlement and the ruins of two theaters.

At one point, the prince commented on the autumn sun, saying “it’s very hot” as he and the Duchess, both avid walkers, stroked through the ruins.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during a hike in Umm Qais in Jordan on the second day of their tour of the Middle East.  Image Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
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Charles and Camilla have received water from the Jordan River

Princess Dana highlighted the site’s Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim history, and during the visit Charles planted a tree to symbolize the British-Jordanian partnership and to celebrate the centenary of the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan.

The prince and duchess have also been given vials of water from the Jordan River, where Jesus is said to have been baptized.

Royal babies are traditionally baptized with water from the river – meaning it can be used when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter are baptized.

Charles and Camilla arrived in Jordan on Tuesday to the four-day visit, and became the first members of the royal family to complete a major overseas tour since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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