Prince Charles has paid tribute to the fallen heroes of the Second World War.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles

The 68-year-old royal visited the Taiping Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Malaysia over the weekend, where he laid a wreath for the soldiers who lost their lives during the war, which took place between 1939 and 1945.

Charles - who is currently on a tour of Malaysia - was then given a walking tour of the pristine graves by Paul Price, the CWG Commissioner, and Colonel Stephen Hall, British defence advisor to Malaysia.

During his visit, Charles also laid a commemorative wreath at the Stone of Remembrance outside of a Muslim cemetery, before crossing over to a Christian cemetery to lay a second wreath at The Cross of Sacrifice.

Speaking after his visit, Paul Price said he would welcome the wider interest the Royal visit would bring to the cemetery.

He said: "It's a great honour to have His Royal Highness visit the Taiping Commonwealth War Graves. Anything that gets people interested and wanting to visit to learn more is a wonderful thing. We want as many people as possible to come, learn about what happened and pay their respects."

After paying his respects at the graves, Prince Charles then met with 60 veterans, who had served with the Commonwealth or British forces in the Second World War, Malayan Emergency or Borneo Campaign.

First Admiral Datuk Kay Hai Thuan, Vice President of the Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association, said of Charles' visit: "He was very pleased to see all the veterans here. For His Royal Highness to come and see this is quite something. The families of the people buried here, will be very proud and honoured."

And Brigadier General Dato' Lau Kong Cheng, a Malaysian Air Force veteran, added: "He asked us about where we had served and was very interested in listening. It's a great honour."


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