On May 30, Charles, the Prince of Wales, who was in Armenia for a private visit at the invitation of the "Yerevan, My Love" charitable foundation, visited the Spiritual Center of All Armenians the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, welcomed the Prince to the Mother See. His Holiness spoke to the Prince of Wales about the historic mission of the Armenian Church in the life of the Armenian nation, and its crucial role in maintaining the national identity and re-establishing an independent statehood. The Catholicos of All Armenians also reflected on Inter-Church Relations, specifically mentioning the present cooperation between the Armenian and Anglican Churches.
Following their meeting, His Holiness and Prince Charles visited the Mother Cathedral Museum, where they toured and viewed the religious and cultural treasures kept by the Armenian Church.
His Holiness and the Prince of Wales also toured around the grounds of the Mother See and visited the St. Vartan and St. Hovhannes Mkrtich Baptistery. During the visit, Prince Charles was informed of the activities of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
Prince Charles also visited the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Manuscript Depository, where a reception was held in honor of the Prince. Present at the reception were Mr. and Mrs. Vatche and Tamar Manoukian, the benefactors of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin; Mr. Armen Sargsyan and Mr. and Mrs. Haik and Elsa Titizian.
During his visit Prince Charles also visited several important sanctuaries: the Monasteries of Khor Virap, Holy Geghard and St. Hripsimeh.