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Prince Charles begins first U.S. visit in 4 years, set to meet Obama

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05/03/2011 by Corinne Heller

Prince Charles began a trip to the United States on Tuesday, May 3, which marks his first visit to the country since January 2007 and which will include his first meeting with President Barack Obama on American soil.

The 62-year-old, the first in line to the British throne, will remain in the country until May 5. On Tuesday, he attended a Marshall Scholar alumi reception. The prince plans to He plans to see the U.S. leader at the White House on Wednesday, BBC News said.

During his trip, Charles also plans to visit an urban farm in Washington, D.D., give a keynote speech at a conference on sustainable agriculture at Georgetown University and attend an event to support British and U.S. armed forces deployed overseas, his press office said in a statement.

Charles is the father of Prince William, who recently married Kate Middleton (see full coverage, including photos and video), and Prince Harry, who had visited New York in June 2010 to meet with U.S. cadets. Harry served on the front lines in Afghanistan and is now in training to become an Apache attack helicopter pilot.

On May 24, Obama and the First Lady will visit Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth II, for an official state visit to the United Kingdom. The U.S. leader and his wife will stay at Buckingham Palace, the White House said.

The two met Queen Elizabeth II in London in 2009 during a visit that also included a reception attended by Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. She is not set to accompany the prince on his visit to the United States.

It was reported in April, ahead of the wedding of William and Middleton, that Charles achieved a milestone for spending the longest time as the heir apparent to the British throne.

Previously King Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria, had the longest wait with 59 years, two months and 13 days. Charles has been waiting 59 years, two months and 14 days as Elizabeth succeeded her father King George VI in June 1953. She celebrated her 85th birthday on April 21.

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