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Royal couple's Louisville tour filled with culture, food, and fun

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville rolled out a huge welcome for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on Friday.

Prince Charles and Camilla arrived in Louisville around 1 p.m. They were due an hour earlier, which pushed back some of their scheduled events. 

They received a warm welcome at the airport from the River City Drum Corp., along with Mayor Greg Fischer and Gov. Steve Beshear.

The Louisville Youth Choir was waiting at the entrance of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, singing My Old Kentucky Home as the two arrived.

Some people had been waiting for hours to see Prince Charles and Camilla, including 12-year-old Anthony Martinez, who described what it was like to shake the hand of the Prince of Wales.

"It felt pretty good," Martinez said. "I didn't think I would get to see him or shake his hand."

The royal couple also had a chance to learn about Louisville's organizations, and many were excited to meet them.

"It was great," said Amelia Gandara with First Build, Community Builder. "I was trying to convey home cooking to a royal family who may or may not cook themselves, so how do you convey that home cooking is international, and we focus on home cooking and appliance innovation.

"We showed them a couple of ways that healthcare can help remote villages," said Ankur Gopal, CEO of Interapt. We're currently working with a eastern Kentucky, for example. How do we get top quality healthcare there, whereas the experts and physicians are in the big cities....He asked if this could be done in other countries, and I said yes it can be."

Prince Charles attended a round table about local agriculture, and the Duchess met with local sculptor, Ed Hamilton.

Gandara says she loves "being able to showcase Louisville, Kentucky. "We're really well known for our bourbon, our many local restaurants and for GE Appliances that resides in Louisville. It was great to get to showcase that."

The Prince of Wales also visited Ferguson Mansion, which houses Louisville's Filson Historical Society, where the city was also honored for its historic preservation work. 

The Big four bridge also got the royal treatment as Prince Charles met with community members to talk about solutions for Air Pollution. 

He is not only passionate about the environment, but health too as he ended his whirlwind tour of the city by giving a speech at the Cathedral of the Assumption on the topic. 

Today's visit in Louisville ends their three-day U.S. tour.

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