What is Prince Charles doing in Washington, D.C. this week? We're not entirely sure. The British Embassy says the three-day visit, which began Tuesday, will "focus largely on environmental sustainability." (A Clarence House spokesman offered the slightly more ambitious agenda of "environmental sustainability, education and cooperation between British and American forces" when contacted by the Washington Post.)
This is admirable, but possibly not worth flying across the Atlantic Ocean, especially if you're just going to turn around and go home in 72 hours. Looking at Charles's itinerary, it seems the visit is less an advocacy mission, and more a sightseeing trip for the decompressing father-of-the-groom.
Touring the Supreme Court (Tuesday afternoon)
Charles received the V.I.P. treatment when he arrived for a tour of the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the Associated Press, "[Justice Stephen] Breyer greeted Charles at the curb, and the two strode across the court's plaza to its imposing front steps, waving to onlookers." The Prince spent "about an hour" at the court and met with Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor. He also attended a reception for Marshal scholarship winners, which allows American students to do graduate work in Britain.