Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla

Britain's Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall celebrated the Day of the Dead yesterday (02.11.14).

The royal couple embarked on a four-day tour of Mexico this weekend and joined in the celebrations of the colourful religious festival where people gather to pray for friends and family who have passed away and visit their graves as they remember them.

Charles and Camilla spent their first day in the town of Pachucha and the nearby Read del Monte, which is 60 miles north of Mexico City and nicknamed "Mexico's Little Cornwall" because of its close ties to the West Country.

They were presented with traditional altars made to mark the occasion, known as "Olfrenda", and watched an Aztec dance performance before laying a wreath at the memorial of a Mexican-British soldier who died in the First World War.

The latter took place during their visit to the town's English cemetery which is home to approximately 300 tombs of Cornish miners - who travelled to Mexico in 1825 to help revive the country's silver industry - and their descendants.

The first day of the royal tour came to an end with afternoon tea with locals at the pasty museum.